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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-13-2020, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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30C Hardscape Review

Hey All,

Picked up a 30C to upgrade my Betta tank and I've been trying to lay out the hardscape for what will end up being a high tech tank. I ordered 20lbs of seiryu stone online, which ended up just being 3 big rocks which kind of limited my options initially. I picked up about 10 more pounds of smaller rocks locally to see if I could make anything else work. First pic is the best I could come up with using the initial 3 rocks, which looked alright IMO but ended up taking up most of the real estate on the bottom of the tank. Second pic is after rearranging and replacing the largest rock with a few smaller ones. Bonus pic is the leftover rocks I have after the 2nd scape. The plan is to have a monte carlo carpet and foreground plants up front (likely pogostemon helferi), and have rotala and likely some other stem in the back. I would have a few buces and maybe some moss attached to the rocks.

Any feedback would be appreciated!
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Both options are good. Personally I liked the 2nd scape better than the 1st one. The only suggestion I have is that since there is some space in the rear right corner and if you can place some smaller rocks in that space to add a sense of perspective and depth when viewing from the front, that would elevate the scape, imo

The focal stone has a nice texture where you could add a lot of details.

But overall this seems like a very nice scape to plant In and grow out.

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Thanks for the feedback! I was sort of reserving that space to densely plant stems, but I may see if I can break it up a bit while still leaving room for plants. Any idea on how much space I actually should be leaving for plants? It always looks like the coolest scapes would have no where left to put plants, but then they look awesome with tons of plants once complete. I also need to leave a decent sized space in the back left for the heater (eheim jager) since there does not seem to be many options to keep stuff out of the tank on nanos.
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