How to achieve forced perspective to add "depth"? - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Are there set guidelines on how to do this? I know we talk about depth a lot and how to achieve it.

In particular, I'm rescaping a 22 wide which makes this even harder but I was wonder if any of you had go-to tips or videos on this aspect.

My current one is completely lacking in the front to back dimension. Even though from left to right it looks appealing to the eyes due to a large rock 1/3 in, and a smaller rock on the opposite side they are both placed in the center or are too fat to allow space in the front of them. Oops!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 11:31 PM
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Probably the best way to add depth is to put something on the back glass. Could be fogged window tint, or just painting it black, but this will help the most. You can also bank the soil so its higher in the back then the front. Adding larger plants to the back and smaller to the front is also helpful. Small detail stones closer to the glass while also grouped around your larger stones. Just some ideas.
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Depth can be created just by the choice and positioning of plants and Hardscape elements. Negative space is your friend.

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Broad leaf in the front, finer leaf in the back.
Wider path in front, narrowing in the back.

Use small fish and only 1 or 2 types to make the scape look larger.

Example:

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A good slope on the substrate adds depth. You can use a bit of card propped up the bottom at different angles to see the effect.
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What is negative space?
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-28-2019, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. Btw, #4 here got me thinking about it from a measurable point of view https://www.themeparktourist.com/fea...s-tower-terror.

There are better images out there online and in yotube video of how it was done.
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Negative space is aquascape that doesn't have notable features. So plane substrate is usually a good example. A lot of nice aquascapes will have large swaths of negative space.
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