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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-21-2006, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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rock layout for 125gal (56k-no)

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So, after a bit of a hiatus, I'm back (like anyone noticed). Anyway, after 7 months, we FINALLY got the 125 put on a stand and filled with water. Nowhere near ready, since it's got the 50w of lighting that came with it, and a cheapo filter for a 75 I had laying around. BUT it has a substrate, some low light stuff (just java moss and a little anacharis) floating around, and some Endlers (don't get me started on that, somehow after breeding 3 pairs, we now have like 16 males and 2 females). ANYWAY, I stole some rocks out of my backyard (sshh, don't let the landlord know) and am having a bit of artistic block with them. any ideas on arrangements would really be appreciated.

Here's the tank...dirty front glass, but just a quick shot. Ignore the rock cave on the right, I just threw that in with leftovers from the 29 for the fish...it may or may not stay:



and here are the rocks:



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where is the layout? all I see is rocks on the floor.

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where is the layout? all I see is rocks on the floor.

Yeah, that's my problem, lol! I can't think of ANYTHING to do with them. I just put them in the tank though, but my layout is absolute rubbish. I'll go snap a pic.

ok here they are. really all this does is show what they look like in the tank. These are buggin me, it's the rock style I want, but just can't come up with a layout. If I even had a decent start, I could kinda tweak my way from there...that's what I usually do. maybe I need bigger/more rocks...




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Jason, my favorite rock layouts have the substrate molded into a mound or hill of sorts. Then by digging the rocks in a little into the hill, some people create a triangle with the rocks. The jutting look of the rocks from the hill of substrate and the hill look always seems to blow me away.

Here's an example: http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...umi-130cm.html

You certainly don't need to copy it, but it might give you some ideas.
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The two rocks on the left side seem to have the potential to create a hilly-scape, as erijnal mentioned. Fool around with them, you never know what might look good or not until you try.
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i really like the look of the wall switch plate in the tank , but is that safe in any way at all??... what sort of backround are you goin to put on it ?? the reason i ask is , sometimes when i look through a tank , and see wall its like a block , and i cant see the tank for what it wants to be...(ok i am new but i am staring at a 10 gallon with no back and all i can see is guppy fry's) those rocks really are a good starting point, and have great potential... just work it a little at a time , and see where it leads... i dont plan any lay out, and i am happy with most of what i have done.. but always fiddle with stuff any ways...
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i really like the look of the wall switch plate in the tank , but is that safe in any way at all??... what sort of backround are you goin to put on it ?? the reason i ask is , sometimes when i look through a tank , and see wall its like a block , and i cant see the tank for what it wants to be...(ok i am new but i am staring at a 10 gallon with no back and all i can see is guppy fry's) those rocks really are a good starting point, and have great potential... just work it a little at a time , and see where it leads... i dont plan any lay out, and i am happy with most of what i have done.. but always fiddle with stuff any ways...
Lol, yeah that lightswitch is a bugger, but don't worry, it's not IN the tank. I'll probably eventually put a black background on the tank...or a blue similar to the wall. I think maybe I'll try fiddling with the larger rocks somewhat off-center and put the smaller ones on either side to kind of make a triangle with the rocks...that might look good...

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I always like to build up at either side and dwindle it off into the center. But that is me.

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well I've gotten somewhere thanks to your guys' suggestions. Still needs some work, and I might have to go find a couple more rocks to replace some of the weird ones, but it's a start.

Guess I shoulda rinsed my sand a bit more before putting it in the tank...got cloudy quick :-/


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I always like to build up at either side and dwindle it off into the center. But that is me.
I was thinking about that, but I don't think I have enough/large enough rocks for that..we'll see.

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Looks like a good start. How about moving the two outside rocks in front of the bigger ones.


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You need more substrate to add depth to the tank and to position your rocks properly. Sloping up in the back helps.

Some Amano examples--remember--imitation is flattery:



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getting there

The last picture was great and needed something with the sand, as John stated. Notice the slopes and valleys created in the Amano pictures, in addition to the balance of the rock placement. It all looks like a scale vision of mountains to me, helps to have great looking hardware as well.

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I think a better representation is the very long tank at the entrace of amano's hq. I don't have the pic right now but someone must have it. He uses round rocks which you have.
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Marc had this shot in his post about visiting the ADA. Thanks again Marc.

Last picture post #13 is the picture trckrunrmike is referencing I believe.

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