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river pebble scape ideas?

Does anyone have a source for river pebble dominated scapes with wood but that are heavily planted? I have always wanted one of these but most I see are rando pebbles all around with swords vs something that has them stacked with spider wood like an island. I have tried to find examples of nature scapes with these kind of rocks but haven't been successful. I have a big shallow cube (24x24x16) that I want to try this on.
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I saved this from some user here (should have added user name to photo so I know who to give credit too), not planted yet but to its got that feel of how river flooding would pile stones and wood debris up in a attractive arrangement.



The use of every size stones from sandy gravel up to 4-5” worn stones in complimenting hues/tones looked so perfectly natural to me.
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I saved this from some user here (should have added user name to photo so I know who to give credit too), not planted yet but to its got that feel of how river flooding would pile stones and wood debris up in a attractive arrangement.



The use of every size stones from sandy gravel up to 4-5” worn stones in complimenting hues/tones looked so perfectly natural to me.
Went to HD yesterday and got 3 bags of rocks. Huge to pea size so will see how I do. Will be using a combination of black and and regular spider wood. Didn't even know black spider wood was a thing until recently.
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I saved this from some user here (should have added user name to photo so I know who to give credit too), not planted yet but to its got that feel of how river flooding would pile stones and wood debris up in a attractive arrangement.



The use of every size stones from sandy gravel up to 4-5” worn stones in complimenting hues/tones looked so perfectly natural to me.
I adore this. I wouldn't put any plants in it-- or very little.
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The rock arrangement looks nice, but the branch in the corner looks forced IMO, plus it's unrealistic to have rock piles/hardscape up against the glass for maintenance purposes.


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Went to HD yesterday and got 3 bags of rocks. Huge to pea size so will see how I do. Will be using a combination of black and and regular spider wood. Didn't even know black spider wood was a thing until recently.
Cant wait to see it!


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The one part of that photo that would get my attention is the straight cut off ends of wood. Wood rasp, chisels, files, pliers would be used to chew up ends so it doesn’t look sawed off.
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The one part of that photo that would get my attention is the straight cut off ends of wood. Wood rasp, chisels, files, pliers would be used to chew up ends so it doesn’t look sawed off.
Or some moss on the flat side will also make it look more natural

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Welp been sitting on this one for a couple of days doing some tweaks but I think this is what I'm going with. Tank is 2ft deep so I really like the sense of depth that will come out once the back is full of plants.



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