.i just start sticking plants wherever they fit. it ends up looking like a deranged gardener went cookoo.
Isn't this how it's done?
That's how it's always worked for me. Well, not worked. Just happened. I've never really had a scape. I have one that I'm working on now, but that's because Ingg drew a scape plan for me.
But even with a scape drawing, I've found myself getting stuck with the simplest of things. I had given him pictures of my rocks, and he showed me how to place them (numbered and all). But when I tried to lay it out, I couldn't figure out which way to turn each rock. Maybe this way? Or upright? What about that angle? Should I put this one in lengthwise or across? Which part of the rock looks most natural? On and on and on.
Finally, I got my rocks figured out. I raised a few by attaching some other rocks beneath the decor rocks, and then managed to cut my finger while trimming the dried waterfall foam. So much for getting my scape done. I can't put that hand inside of the tank until it closes off from the stitches.
I think I'm scape challenged.
i was netting my gourami with a huge net and the raspbora was in the net as well. i didn't realize it until it was too late.
I was removing my java ferns form the tank when a leaf dropped to the floor. No big deal. I'll just get it when I'm done.
Then, several minutes later, I looked down to discover the leaf looked very odd. It was a large amano shrimp!
It was out of the water for 10 minutes so I figured it had to be dead. But to my surprise, it was still alive! I put it in the tank, and after a minute, it swam away to a leaf. I've checked all day, and I don't see anything dead in the tank so it might have survived. Probably brain damaged, but alive.
You might want to lose that large net - the more a planted fills in, the more tedious the job becomes.
I disagree. I have found large nets to be indispensable for planted tanks. The trick is to not chase the fish around. Put the net in and wait. Eventually, the fish will swim in front of the net. Then slowly and carefully pull the net up. Ta-Da! Got the fish! Not a single leaf blade was hurt.
You can only do this with a net so large that the fish can't really tell it's coming after him. Black nets seem to work best.