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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-28-2019, 03:17 AM
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I really like the right side. It's a good balance of wood and stone. The left side is too symmetrical. Maybe angle it a little bit more diagonally and closer to the glass? It feels like it's floating and not part of the rest. Maybe filling in with plants will help with that. Update?



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post #17 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-28-2019, 06:32 AM
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I like your daughter's suggestion on the rock placement. Building rocks on one side does creates more flow. The left piece of wood creates an upward flow. The piece on the right seems to counter that flow. I think that the wood should be working together create a sense of direction. You could also choose to reinforce the piece on the right to create a more rooted look. Please keep in mind that I am in no way an expert in hardscape. Beautiful rocks and wood though. The substrate looks great as well. Play around with it and see what you really like. It is really about what you like and not what everyone else thinks (including myself). My 2 cents.
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The overall layout isn't bad, but it looks disconnected with the base of the manzanita up in the water column. I would also remove the rock on the left or use a smaller on and not have it touch or visually impair the tips of the branches. You want the tips unobstructed to create a sense of flow and space.
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Many thanks for all the input. I’ve left the rocks where they were but the wood had move some. I’m beginning to think I should have left the rocks on the left out and went with what I saw as a directionality to the right. Plants are in but not too late to change. First time really putting some thought and research into the “format” of a planted tank. I fly fish and am somewhat familiar with the the bottom of a river and am leaning back toward my original idea with most rock to one side and the branches possibly “tangled” in a natural driftwood position stuck on a rock but also being in the flow of the current. My lace java fern is the only thing suffering because I took it out to tie java moss around to cover up to POS glue the guy at my LFS convinced me to buy. Nasty white blotches everywhere not to mention my fingers looking like I had a disease
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Many thanks for all the input. I’ve left the rocks where they were but the wood had move some. I’m beginning to think I should have left the rocks on the left out and went with what I saw as a directionality to the right. Plants are in but not too late to change. First time really putting some thought and research into the “format” of a planted tank. I fly fish and am somewhat familiar with the the bottom of a river and am leaning back toward my original idea with most rock to one side and the branches possibly “tangled” in a natural driftwood position stuck on a rock but also being in the flow of the current. My lace java fern is the only thing suffering because I took it out to tie java moss around to cover up to POS glue the guy at my LFS convinced me to buy. Nasty white blotches everywhere not to mention my fingers looking like I had a disease
I like the idea of rocks of rocks to one side and driftwood simulating (or following) flow. I think you should explore this idea and please post up pics. In the end, it is all about what looks good to you though. That is really what it is all about. Dividing the tanks into thirds (1/3 to 2/3 [golden rule]) can create a nice sense of asymmetric balance though.
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Finally an update
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Never mind. Can’t add than dang photo now for some reason
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