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I redid my 29 gallon tonight. What do you think of my rocks and their placement? Ignore the plants, I'll be getting new ones for the scape. Probably some hairgrass, blyxa, and HM, and maybe a few others. I'm not overly thrilled about it, but I think once plants are in there it will shape up. The rocks need to get a little algae on them to darken them a little too. Anything that is in dire need of changing here? I tried to meet the thirds rule... Did I?


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Shooting for something like this...I think I need some more small sized rocks!
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The big one looks unnatural. Time to do some breaking!

How about turning it on it's left side?


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I think the large one might do better to be deeper in the substrate

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Shooting for something like this...I think I need some more small sized rocks!
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...7ADBR%26sa%3DN
That's nice! You are on the right track! Keep working at it. Like BSmith said you might be able to break up the big one...

What kind of rock is that BTW?
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I think the large one might do better to be deeper in the substrate
Ditto. I like where you're heading though!


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I agree...the big one does look a little too big. It doesn't look as bad in person though. I have a bunch of rocks the same size. I need to find a way to break them up. Maybe a sledge hammer or one of those cutters to break bricks with.

I took the black backround off and it really brightened things up. I think I'll get some glass pipes because the Renas are really ugly now.
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I broke up some rocks and redid the hardscape.
Also, I like the tank without the background much more than black. I think I'll hold off on the glass pipes. Taking the spray bar off the rena and moving the pipes to the corner and they don't look as bad anymore.

HC and Hairgrass will be here soon
Are things looking better now?

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i like this one better. except for some reason i don't care for the big one leaning on the little one. i would like to see the biggest one a little smaller and standing up by itself.

this is from a noob's perspective though...
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Matt, did you get that HC from APC
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Matt, did you get that HC from APC
I did a trade with Bigstick. I'll get it after the holiday.
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your "asymetry" looks about right. You need to add some more slope IMO. And work on a foreground of HC or similar small plant...
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Well its definately time for an update. The HC has been in the foreground for a month or two and is finally filling in nicely. I just added the tall saggitaria behind the rock and reattached the Riccia. Other plants are Blyxa, hairgrass, and low grow hygrophila. There is also an unidentified plant to the right of the tall saggitaria. Anyone know what that is?

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The "unidentified" plant is Ammania sp. bonsai.
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helgymatt -

I don't know what the rules of iwagumi are, but I think your tank is looking great!

I am going to use this tank for inspration the next time I tear my 29 apart and give it a new scape.

BTW, those rasboras are tiny! They have a lot of growing up to do.

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