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Attempting a concave setup on a 50 cm tank. Setup the substrate and hardscape. Hardscape is branch wood (mix types) and dragon stone. Feedback is welcome.



Planning carpet of Monte Carlo in the foreground should 1.5 inches of substrate height be sufficient. Have soil powder left for topping another may be one inch.

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The hard scape is done. The plants are at least 3-4 days away. Should I keep the tank covered with a cling film? Pls advise.


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Following along. I think it looks nice! Iím a newbie so I canít really give you advice. But so far it looks real good in my opinion.


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I like the look a lot. The only thing to think about is that you might want to expose more of the rock if you want it to remain visible when your plants grow in.

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I like the look a lot. The only thing to think about is that you might want to expose more of the rock if you want it to remain visible when your plants grow in.
Thanks for your comment. Valid point. I did one revision to add few additional rocks already, but mostly in the mid ground and background.



The foreground I want the plants to cover in a lush carpet. Want that look. Mid ground planning Staurogyrene repens, AR mini and epiphytes.

Rocks being visible will also depend on two factors:
1. The substrate from the rear would gradually start sliding towards the front - tried my best to block all points with rock work and blocked gaps with filter sponge.
2. As the plants grow out, keep comparing with the original scape picture for trimming and maintenance. Hopefully I would be able to keep up.

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Thanks for your comment. Valid point. I did one revision to add few additional rocks already, but mostly in the mid ground and background.

The foreground I want the plants to cover in a lush carpet. Want that look. Mid ground planning Staurogyrene repens, AR mini and epiphytes.

Rocks being visible will also depend on two factors:
1. The substrate from the rear would gradually start sliding towards the front - tried my best to block all points with rock work and blocked gaps with filter sponge.
2. As the plants grow out, keep comparing with the original scape picture for trimming and maintenance. Hopefully I would be able to keep up.

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This has many similarities to my first build I am working on. I'm in the process of choosing plants now for my order. Can't wait to see yours progress!!
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Looks nice but to echo what's been said already, I think most of the dragon rock will be covered once the carpet fills in. In my experience about 3-4 cm of the bottom of the stones will be covered so try and picture that when scaping. I expected gaps to occur where the stones where placed but at least smaller stones will be simply covered by the carpet, HC in my case.

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Thanks for your comments. If I take the 3-4 cms height of the carpet then 2-3 pieces of dragon rock in the foreground would be completely covered. I have already glued the rocks and the driftwood so only option is to add more rocks to raise the height. I have some more rocks but I have tried doing the placement and somehow it did not fit. The pieces I was adding now are hiding the views of the rocks in the Midground.


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Thanks for your comments. If I take the 3-4 cms height of the carpet then 2-3 pieces of dragon rock in the foreground would be completely covered. I have already glued the rocks and the driftwood so only option is to add more rocks to raise the height. I have some more rocks but I have tried doing the placement and somehow it did not fit. The pieces I was adding now are hiding the views of the rocks in the Midground.


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Yup, I've made the same mistake myself so just looking out for you, better to hear it now before planting than seeing it happen in a few months. If you don't want to break up the pieces you've glued already maybe you could try and stick some spare stones under what's been glued already and raise the stones that's in the danger zone a couple of centimeters to avoid this, almost like a fake bottom.

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