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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-05-2019, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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Dragon Stone & Mopani Wood combo

Hi everyone,
I wanted to get your opinions on how this Aquascape set up looks for my Fluval Spec 16. I’m using Seachem Sand for substrate and Dragon Stone & Mopani wood for hardscape. The background has about 3.75” of substrate and the foreground has about 2.25” . I avoided putting in larger rocks because I want the plants to be the main attraction so to speak. I need your opinion on this set up. Does the Mopani wood look out of place? Also I would like ideas on what to plant for the background and foreground. I was thinking of carpeting the foreground with something like Dwarf Hairgrass, S. Repens, or Micro Sword. As for the background, I want different shades of green and I definitely want red plants. I will have high light, CO, and fertilizers so the tank should be able to handle most plants’ needs. I was thinking of leaving that “trail” between the wood and the rocks bare so it’s easily distinguishable, but would it look better if the foreground carpet plants were on the trail as well? Also I raised the left section behind the rocks to be about as high as the background to make separation in the foreground. I wanted to plant a different type of foreground carpet plant than the rest of the tank in this area, such as Anubias Nana Petite. I have a lot more Dragon Stone, Mopani Wood, & Malaysian Driftwood at my disposal. The only thing I keep contemplating is whether or not to replace the Mopani wood with some large Dragon Stone pieces, but I really like the idea of having both rock & wood in my setup. Anyway, sorry for the long post. Your ideas would be much appreciated.
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Welcome, I am going to be getting one of these tanks soon so I have been thinking about scaping this tank for a while. IMHO this scape looks pretty flat to me. I think there are three stones on the left but you can't really tell as they are placed in a way that they just blend into each other. If you do want to use wood and stone, I think, they should form a dynamic look in the tank rather than just "placed" in a spot. These are great materials but they need to react to each other rather than just be stuck. I would definitely recommend the use of more stones and more would but maybe not wood as blocky as mopani because, in such a small tank, I think it just looks like another rock. Depending on size and shape, the malaysian could be a better choice for wood.

You did say that you wanted the plants to be the star, have you looked any Dutch style aquascapes?
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Welcome, I am going to be getting one of these tanks soon so I have been thinking about scaping this tank for a while. IMHO this scape looks pretty flat to me. I think there are three stones on the left but you can't really tell as they are placed in a way that they just blend into each other. If you do want to use wood and stone, I think, they should form a dynamic look in the tank rather than just "placed" in a spot. These are great materials but they need to react to each other rather than just be stuck. I would definitely recommend the use of more stones and more would but maybe not wood as blocky as mopani because, in such a small tank, I think it just looks like another rock. Depending on size and shape, the malaysian could be a better choice for wood.

You did say that you wanted the plants to be the star, have you looked any Dutch style aquascapes?
Thanks for input, Dutch style is exactly what I want to for actually. But I would still like to incorporate wood so I will make mine a Dutch hybrid of sort. I’ve replaced the stone pieces with a wood piece. I’m having trouble attaching the picture though, it tells me I’ve exceeded my quota.
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Asking questions to get your mind going, not to attack...

1. Why are you using wood AND stone here? They are both similar in size, color and shapes. Do you want your pieces to kind of blend or to compliment each other?

2. Why did you place them where they are? What kind of look are you going for? An island, U, triangle or?

3. What kind of plants are you going to plant and how will they look with the hardscape?
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I like the Dragon Stone alot, but personally I'm not feeling the driftwood. Blends in to much with the substrate and everything else for my personal taste. I think I would toss it get a few smaller pieces of Dragon Stone personally.

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