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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-02-2020, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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So the tank has been commissioned and paid for. Final dimensions are 900x400x200, rimless, 10mm PPG starphire glass, polished edges.

Now trying to think about design ideas


Idea 1 would be a 5 stone layout with a split or canyon between the main and second stone. This layout would attempt to play with the scale- seeming like a vast landscape.



Idea 2 uses larger stones and breaks the surface - I think the sense of scale would be changed here and would not seem so large - more like one mountain monolith.



Idea 3 brings the scale to 1:1 and uses some kind of tree roots to create a creek or river bottom.

What other ideas could work? I guess I will have to see as I try to find what kind of hardscape I can actually source.

Thanks for any and all input!
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The second drawing is the one I am most drawn to see as a layout.


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Of the three designs you have, number 2 looks most appealing to me as well.

That said, what you have is a long shallow tank which I feel are particularly nice for emersed growth. If it were my tank I would build up one side so it actually pieces the waterline. Then grow marginal/emersed plants there. Plant the rocks below the waterline with epiphyte plants and put some low growing plants into substrate near the base (crypt parva, or hair grass if you don't mind the trimming). Everything else is decorative sand with a few smaller rocks here and there. Basically replicating a river bank with the riverbed being unplanted. A lot of empty negative space for a small fish species to swim in. Just my 2 cents.


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Here is what it might start to look like with some locally sourced stone.. what do you think? Any ideas or suggestions?
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I think that looks good. Maybe the left most rock a little more left and forward. I could see that with a carpet and tall hairgrass beyond it swaying in the direction the rocks are leaning.


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Here is the next version..



Still changing around the small stones - but what do you think about the big one coming out of the water? !!
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Ok team,
So I think this is getting close to a final layout plan- I like the texture of the big rock being on the surface, I think it stands out, the only downside is having the space on that side of the tank where the plain end will be under the substrate. Other weird thing is that for some reason I wanted to get the flow to run from left to right and now it is going to be right to left.. not sure if that makes any difference.
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