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24x12x12 new tank in the works.

Three options, all are variants of a basic idea.
Here goes, scape 1:

Doable? Improvable?
I was thinking something norbet sabat style bolbitis stems, grass, very nature aquarium.

Scape 2: same rocks, different wood, same idea.


Scape 3: Different rocks, different wood, same basic Idea. Also my current favourite.


Critique away, pick your favourite, suggest plants. Be as critical as possible, everything helps.
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i like scape two. it looks like the most natural. second choice is scape one if you can hide the big mass of wood on the right rock. what are your plans for plants?
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Not thinking plants proper till I've got the scape finalised, I know I'll definitely be using hairgrass, hc, blyxa and downoi apart from that I don't know, maybe bolbitis and needle leaf fern maybe some crypts. I know I want stems but what I don't know. I've added more rocks to scape 3 and it's still the most dynamic in my opinion.
Thanks for the heads up on scape 2, it's a shame it leaves so little room for planting and is the most precarious of them all. :P
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scape three could work but the rock and the wood parallel to eachother is kind of dissuading me. im sure you'll figure it out your scapes have been great so far!!
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I like three, but they all are nice. Looking forward to seeing it planted!
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I like scape 1! Now I want to see this planted before I get up in 6 hours....

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I like all of them.
Three looks the best as a hardscape sans plants, but when I picture them all filled in, two looks to have the most potential; interesting in and of itself while still managing to highlight and accentuate the plants. It's definitely my favorite of all three.
However, if the hardscape is, as you stated, precarious -- meaning the wood is balanced delicately on the rocks or some such -- then, yeah, the third's a great hardscape to work with.
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Here's the tweaked number 3. Keep the critiques coming, I'll reply as soon as I get chance.
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scape three could work but the rock and the wood parallel to eachother is kind of dissuading me. im sure you'll figure it out your scapes have been great so far!!
Hmm I do see what you mean, when I was planning it I imagined the rocks being the riverbed and the wood becoming lodged while being tumbled down the river which I guess is why I tried to make it look lodged.
Also, thank you for the compliment, I'm not sure I can accept it though.

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I like three, but they all are nice. Looking forward to seeing it planted!
Thanks, Helgymatt. Glad you like them. Me too!

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I like scape 1! Now I want to see this planted before I get up in 6 hours....

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Haha, I'm a student, a student that's about to become homeless unless I can find a cheap flat and a job. It'll get planted when I have the money for the plants. Thanks for the heads up, I liked one too, but the more I played with scape 3 the more it made "sense" to me.

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I like all of them.
Three looks the best as a hardscape sans plants, but when I picture them all filled in, two looks to have the most potential; interesting in and of itself while still managing to highlight and accentuate the plants. It's definitely my favorite of all three.
However, if the hardscape is, as you stated, precarious -- meaning the wood is balanced delicately on the rocks or some such -- then, yeah, the third's a great hardscape to work with.
Ugly, I was waiting for you to comment, I'm glad you like it. I'd have picked two myself, but it kept falling over and moving and just refused to play ball, it looked good but it was balanced so delicately a microrasboras turbulence could knock it over. I'm really enjoying playing with scape 3, I'm thinking of adding a scree to the middle V I was saving for downoi but I think the smaller shards of rocks in this place might work well, I tried it and liked it but I'm unsure, I don't want to lose too much of the plants to the hardscape and I'm note sure if it'll even be viable in terms of collecting mulm or working visually once the tank is wet.
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I like scape 1, but I also like 3, however I think 3 is too centered...I would shift it to the right or left a little


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Here's the tweaked number 3. Keep the critiques coming, I'll reply as soon as I get chance.


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#3 tweaked is very nice. I immensely like that.


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I like the tweaked 3. Coltonorr has a point, I think I'd use plants to keep the tank from looking centered.
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Thank you all, I did think this but I want the largest stone to be the focal point not the woods extremities and as such I'm going to plant a coloured stem behind it to really "pack a punch" so to speak and also to bring the eye in forward. I did consider bolbitis for this location but I'm not so sure now. I think I'd run the risk of overwhelming the wood with too many rhizomous plants.
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Wages in hand I tentatively add plants to my shopping basket, and here's what I'm planning on using anyone got any input before I commit to purchase?
3 pots Crypt Amicorum
4 pots Eleocharis Acicularis
3 pots Hemianthus callitrichoides
3 pots Pogostemon Helferi
3 pots Vallisneria nana **( might swap for rotalla rotundifolia var. red)
5 pots Rotala sp. ''Green'' ** (might swap for hm)
3 pots Lilaeopsis Novea-Zealandia** (might remove in favor of another couple of pots of crypts/hairgrass).
1 lillie** (possibly, I really want to give having just the surface leaves as a focal point a go but it's apparently far too big in this format?)
total of 24 pots, should be plenty to kick start the tank surely?
I've already got a fair bit of anubias nana petite and some christmas moss I plan to use, I'd prefer fissidens but beggars can't be choosers.
Anyone got any input?
Anyway, look forward to hearing your input and opinions.
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