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Scape feedback? Maybe journal soon?

So my 55 has been my pride and joy, but tonight I did some rescape work on my 29 gallon. Its established with some dense mini dwarf hairgrass so I tried to take advantage of that.

I'll get a better picture tomorrow when everything settles, but would love some feedback on the first take of this rescape. In general I love the scapes that have the open carpet area, with an island that can get a little jungle like. That is what I am targeting here.

If this takes off I may start a journal on it also.

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18(ish)- Cherry Barbs
4- otocinclus
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5- fancy guppies

Here is what I have so far!

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The hair grass looks great and I think it would make a nice contrast to an island with lots of growth. I would love to see this progress.

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Thanks for for the feedback. I am anxiously awaiting my photoperoid to start on the tank today to get a cleaner picture!



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need larger hardscape. The white stone could work too, but arranged differently - how, I'm not sure.
Also some variety in plants. It's mostly just grassy right now.
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What's your plan to keep the algae off these rocks?

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What's your plan to keep the algae off these rocks?
Thinking same plan as my 55 gallon; not worry about it too much, as the light algae on the rocks, for my tastes, looks pretty good (just keep it off the plants!).
@swarley As far as bigger scape, the 29 gallon is tough being only 12 inches deep (front to back). I do have a larger piece of driftwood but its longer too. Are you thinking higher on the right side?

Also I agree with the plants. Just working hardscape right now and used plants I had on hand last night.



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@Grobbins48 Just larger in general yea. You could get it taller on the right side and go for a triangular scape. Really depends on what you have on hand or what you can buy locally etc.
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If that's all the scaping mats you have, I would try and prop the wood up so it's pointing/sloping up instead of resting on the other rocks. Keep on fiddling with it.
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I have another piece of wood, but it is rather large and not sure what to do with it.

I'll keep messing around and posting. For reference, here is what the other piece looks like in the tank.


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Scape feedback? Maybe journal soon?

I kinda dig that first pic placement of the wood, as it looks pretty cool reaching out across the tank. More so than the last too because the smaller piece comes out towards the foreground.
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Yes. Use that big piece in there! None of it really has me fully satisfied but you've got some decent scapes there and likely something great if you keep at it. I like the first and the 2nd to last one. With the way the plants are now etc, a triangular scape seems well-suited. If you don't have a lid or aren't committed to having a lid, you could have one of the wood pieces more vertical or sloped upwards and have a bit poke out if you need/want it to.
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Carpet looks nice. Bigger driftwood certainly helps. I am kinda trying to sum up what others have mentioned in here. That island u wish on the right would certainly look better if slightly more elevated with slope going left and towards the front. Will give u more depth. White rocks look a little out of place if u r going for a nature scape. And I would definitely recommend growth or even wood extending beyond water surface on the right side. And u can do away with the smaller d wood in this scape.. but great effort though. I am sure it will be a beauty. Keep us posted.

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Thank for the feedback everyone, this is very helpful. I might try and get some more sand to build the right side up a bit. As for the rocks, I'll keep an eye out, but I figured they would get some algae and look a bit better. I do wish they had more texture though, some harder lines.

I have a lid on it, but once I have the slope of extra sand maybe thay will help a few other layouts.

The only think that can't move is the carpet of DHG, everything else can shift.



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New direction. New landscaping rocks, not as dark as I would like, but better. Also 25lbs or so more of sand. How it sits now:



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