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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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didnt think this scape through

I realized that functionally this is probably not gonna work as far as cleaning the substrate under the horizontal connecting rock. should I rescape or am I over thinking it? If I were to rescape then I could plant more!!

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What are your opinions on the scape? I have more rocks to setup a different arrangement.
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It looks alright except for that one stone that's set up across the whole thing. Although it makes a nice cave for your fish its a little unnatural looking and distracting. Would look better if you had a set focal point and once the plants grow in more it will look better as well.

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+1 what SunDevil said. Id remove that rock.
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Honestly I like it. I don't see what exactly makes it unnatural- although of course I'm no expert on aquascaping. But rocks could land any way in nature...
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Do I have to worry about cleaning the substrate under the connecting rock?
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I wouldn't worry too much. The plants will absorb nutrients in the substrate so not cleaning the substrate too rigorously may even benefit them. However maybe just lifting the top rock off once in a while to clean the area may be a good idea. They're not glued together, are they?
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No they are just placed together. I have the tall rock in the back left reinforcing it just in case as well. I liked the cave like idea and some of the fish seem to like it as well.
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I also agree with SunDevil. I find all of your rocks too large and overpower the whole scape. How about some smaller rocks and a nice piece of driftwood? My $ 0.2.
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I tried to do something more vertical because the tank is sooo tall and that's what I came up with..

I'm gonna have to give it another attempt.
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One thing you might want to try is, sink your rocks into the gravel. The look will be so different. The rock will have the look of coming out of your gravel. the way it is now,your rock has the look of sitting ontop of your gravel. Just a thought...
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One thing you might want to try is, sink your rocks into the gravel. The look will be so different. The rock will have the look of coming out of your gravel. the way it is now,your rock has the look of sitting ontop of your gravel. Just a thought...
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I did this with the rocks in my tank. Its crazy how such a small alteration can really make things look so much better!

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My worries with that would be breaking through the gravel layer and into the soil and making mess. May give it a try though.

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My worries with that would be breaking through the gravel layer and into the soil and making mess. May give it a try though.

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Yeah that happened to me, but I just sucked up whatever dirt that settled on the gravel with my next water change. If you want to avoid that you can always just add a little bit of gravel around the rocks too.

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