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You know... those long hours one night of plants everywhere, water all over the floor, tank clouded up, fish freaking out, blood pressure rising because whenever you try to plant one thing, you end up uprooting something else that took you forever to get situated...... those times you decide you want to rearrange everything.

Sometimes it seems that no matter what you do, you can't get it to look the way you want it to! I had this problem with one of my small tanks last night; no matter what I did, I wasn't happy with the way it looked! Finally decided to give up and try again today

Anyone else feel the pain?
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Not really... I scape a little at a time... What happens to me often is that I have this beautiful large specimen which gets larger every day, and I realize that I should have placed it more towards the background. Soon the leaves bunch up on the front glass, and I have to look from the left and right and above to see what's going on behind it. Time for ripping out and replanting!


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I feel your pain. I enjoy aquascaping, even though I am new, but sometimes it just doesnt' want to go right, and no matter what you do it doesn't look good in your eyes. I am there right now...
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I've found that my 'unhappiness' usually is the result of not having enough foresight. So I limit myself to fiddling only during water changes. This forces me to 'give it a chance', and let the plants fill in a bit before I start up the bulldozer.

* It also helps to encourage weekly water changes

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I only get unhappy when I get a new plant and I can't find my shoehorn to fit it in.

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Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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I'm with sean!

Or pruning to much and then looking in the garbage and thinking.. wow.. I should start a few more tanks.
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I'm with sean!

Or pruning to much and then looking in the garbage and thinking.. wow.. I should start a few more tanks.
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I've come to the conclusion that I needs to get a bigger, deeper tank so I don't run into crampy space problem.
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Ok, I do feel your pain. Definitely. I'm not very creative, and I get frustrated when I can't make something look like the image I have in my head. One time I fiddled with my aquascape so much over the period of three days that I got a serious case of green water. A mixture of removing too many plants at once, uprooting nutrients locked int he substrate from moving too many plants around, and then cleaning out a the filter to boot, destroying some beneficial bacteria.
Moral of that story? One thing at a time! Don't go revamping everything at once and expect to maintain stability!

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I've come to the conclusion that I needs to get a bigger, deeper tank so I don't run into crampy space problem.
I think it would be hard to have too much space. I assume no-matter what size of tank your're dealing with you could always grow it in somehow.. :mrgreen:. I enjoy aquascaping but try to be patient and let things go naturally and give the plants time to fill in.

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I prefer to aquascape with an idea... without too many details fixed in my mind. Then I just start planting a little, stand back and look at it, move some things around, plant some more, stand back ,look, plant or pull some more. I usually end up with something far different from "the plan" but just as beatiful... sometimes even better.

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heh heh... frustration is having your aquascape "perfect" just the way you want.. and then watch as your loaches systematically uproot every plant you just carefully arranged


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I feel the same way. I have a few stem plants i'm trying to get rooted. It's really difficult when you spend an hour trying to get them in the substrate where you want them. Then I clean up, plop down on the couch to admire my work only to have my Male Convict walk over to one of the stem plants and say "Hey, i think it would be fun to pull this up!"

It's a pain, but once the plant takes it usually holds good.

Right now i have three stem plants left that need to root. It's a battle between me and the Male Convict over keeping those 3 plants planted vs. laughing at me when i see them floating.

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Then I clean up, plop down on the couch to admire my work only to have my Male Convict walk over to one of the stem plants and say "Hey, i think it would be fun to pull this up!"
Wow, I haven't been able to teach ANY of my fish to walk yet.

My stem plants usually float up with out anything to blame it on. :roll:

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Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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