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first planted tank... start with hardscape updated 7-1-09

Hi.
My name is Dan, i'm from Denmark (sorry for my poor english).
I am about to start my first planted tank.
it is my old reef tank, that I have converted to freshwater.
the tank is 90x65x50cm (290l)with sump (140l) and optical front glass.
lighting: 2x 39w T5 and 1x 250w HQI. (3 hours 2x 39T5 - 5 hours HQI - 2 hours 2x 39T5)
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fert: EI

here are a list of plant that I would like to get:
Cryptocoryne beckettii
Hemianthus callitrichoides
Limnophila aromatica
Microsorum pteropus narrow
Pogostemon helferi
Fissiden fontanus
Bolbitis heudelotii

anyway here is a couple of pic. of my first layout (i expect this to change many times, before i am happy.)
feel free to give your advise.








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Welcome Dan! Much luck with your first planted but it seems you have a great start with regards to equipment. That is a very nice looking build on the tank.

As far as the initial layout I really like it. The large rock in the back resting on the glass catches my eye but it does provide a sense of depth from the frontal view. Will you be choosing a dark substrate for this layout?


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Real nice layout. I think you should choose Eco Complete since dark colored substrate looks like it will fit well.
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very nice use of wood/stones. Cant wait to see how its going to look planted


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hi. tanks for the replies.
i am actually going with a sandbed. I know the rock behind looks off, and I am going to remove it, i got plenty og rock and wood left, so got to keep working on this scape.
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Hi Dan,
Nice start by the way. I really like this lay out, specially the shape of the woods and rocks that you choose. My only thought is that some of the woods on the right side are too close to the bottom and in time when plants start to fill in, they will be covered and you won't be able to see them. They have nice artistic shapes, will be bad if they disappear in the tank.
I know you are working on the scape so keep updating , can't wait too see.
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here are a couple of new pictures. moved some rocks around. I am actually pretty happy with this scape, but still room for improvement... just let me know.!






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most tanks need to be seen in person to fully appreciate the way things are set up, but from the frontal shot, I think the big rock on the left might be a bit overpowering. I liked it more when it was behind the wood, providing that depth that was mentioned earlier. I'm sure plants will fill in there and take away some of it's roughness, but sans plants, the placement of that particular rock was more dynamic in the center of the driftwood grouping.

It almost seems like I'm looking at a reflection of the top bit of driftwood instead of seeing two branches. They are VERY similar from the frontal angle. I'm afraid this will continue with planting and they'll mirror each other a bit much. Is there a way to angle them slightly differently to where they don't appear as mirror images of one another?

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I agree with jargonchipmunk about the "reflection" of the two branches. The big rock on the left side is kinda heavy was well. The bottom half is awesome. Perhaps you can add some more branches near the back wall since it's a little empty from the side view.
Do like the shapes of these woods a lot, they have arch like bridges and will look real nice with fish and plants fill in. If you can add a branch or more that can break the symmetry on both side views than it will be great.
Just my thought.
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try to create a focal point in the negative space. just a thought. nice wood and rocks!
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at your first scape, your DW looked like a phoenix bird..
but, at ur 2nd scape, i have to agree on the big rock..
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awesome sized tank. Can't wait to get into a bigger place and get a bigger tank. What kind of fish are you looking into?
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Thanks for all the great replies. It is always nice to get others pespectiv on things.
I will try to move the big rock around, maybe move it all together.
I am not 100% sure about the fish choice, but I am a fool for many of the smaller rainbow speices. a schoal of 50 M praecox would be nice, but maybe the are too flashy.
I. werneri are also very cool.
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by the way, what does this means "your DW looked like a phoenix bird.."
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I have now removed the big rock, and added a branch in the back (i know the branch is missing in the front. it will be replaced).
what do you think about the change?







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