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Question Looking for any and all feedback on my hardscape!

I plan on removing the large branch that I marked with red Xs. The pieces marked with blue dots were added and can be moved/removed.

Should I add more rocks or branches anywhere? I plan on adding small skinny, flexible branches as roots in the final setup, making them look like they're growing over the rocks, etc.

I really want to get this one right!!
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I like the forest style scapes when they are carried off right. To me a forest scape begs for a path but that might just be my preconceptions coming through.

Its hard to tell elevations but I would bank the substrate on the top right pretty high and have it slope down to the tree. Use rocks to act as retaining walls along the way. Once it gets to the roots have some rocks that create a path leading from the beach area to back behind the tree. Not all rocks the same size or else it looks unnatural but rather some larger rocks and some smaller ones. You can cover up bits of the path with wood as if those branches fell over the path. The path itself could have some sand in it and smaller pebbles.

Just some ideas.

One thing to keep in mind with the current scape is that some of your rocks look pretty close to the substrate. If you are going for a carpet they will disappear under just about anything you plant. I heard someone say on this forum that "rocks shrink in water" and its very true in a not literal kind of way.
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I like the forest style scapes when they are carried off right. To me a forest scape begs for a path but that might just be my preconceptions coming through.

Its hard to tell elevations but I would bank the substrate on the top right pretty high and have it slope down to the tree. Use rocks to act as retaining walls along the way. Once it gets to the roots have some rocks that create a path leading from the beach area to back behind the tree. Not all rocks the same size or else it looks unnatural but rather some larger rocks and some smaller ones. You can cover up bits of the path with wood as if those branches fell over the path. The path itself could have some sand in it and smaller pebbles.

Just some ideas.

One thing to keep in mind with the current scape is that some of your rocks look pretty close to the substrate. If you are going for a carpet they will disappear under just about anything you plant. I heard someone say on this forum that "rocks shrink in water" and its very true in a not literal kind of way.
I really like that idea. I hadn't thought of adding a path to really lead the eye.

You're right. I definitely need to raise a lot of my stones along with elevating the substrate at the back much higher. I'm realizing that now. Those stones will get completely swallowed up.

What do you think about the stones in the front along the embankment? Do you see a problem of those disappearing?

One other question, I am thinking about making the embankment in the front span the width of the entire front of the tank. Would a path still work with that setup or would that change your thoughts on the layout in that regard?
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Its hard to tell elevations but I would bank the substrate on the top right pretty high and have it slope down to the tree.
I was going to say the opposite... high at the back left behind the tree, sloping down along those long roots on the right. haha
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I 2nd @d2creative. Higher in the back left and then sloping downwards. Maybe a path that goes around behind the tree.

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I 2nd @d2creative. Higher in the back left and then sloping downwards. Maybe a path that goes around behind the tree.
With the path starting on the left side or right side?
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left and then curving along the wood.

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So I really like this piece of driftwood but I, personally, am not a huge fan of the straight trunk in most cases. It seems to me that there is a huge amount of interest in the bottom portion of the wood and not really much near the top. I also really like the idea of raising the substrate pretty high in the back left corner and then bringing that down as you go left to right and front to back. I put together a little mock up for you to see that things can be done in all kinds of ways.

Now, being that it is dificult to get good perspective from a pic it may not work this way but you can always cut off branches and use them as you did the blue dotted ones in the orignal. This way it looks like a large tree fell over into a lake and the roots are sticking up. Also, if that large side branch is long enough. you can have it sticking up and out of the aquarium which is a cool look.

Thank, using small buces and anubias on the rocks you can break up the big stump or hide the cut section. Just ideas to make sure you look at things from all angles when creating an aquascape!! Good luck and just remember to be happy with what you come up with in the end.
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