The Planted Tank Forum banner
1 - 1 of 1 Posts

11,721 Posts
I prefer a natural looking tank.
Dark or muted mixed colors of substrate, like soft grey, tan, brown, black. The fish are supposed to be the most colorful thing in the tank. Plants are supposed to show up against a background. A bright substrate jumps out at you. A dark substrate retreats so the fish show up better.

Natural decor like rock, pebbles, driftwood. No glued-together towers of rock, no 'Roman ruins'.

If you like these things, OK, go for it.

More plants. Better distribution of plants.
Move the larger plant to right behind the 'Roman ruins' to balance the tower of pebbles.
Create a large uniform area by planting several of one species of the smaller plants.

Bring the bridge up front, and make a bit of a scene with different substrate, and different heights of substrate. A bridge is for crossing a stream, or a low spot between 2 hills. So make at least a couple of hills with a stream, or low area, and use the bridge to cross that. If you sorted out all the gravel then the brown becomes the basic soil areas, the blue becomes the deep, shaded parts of the stream and white becomes the faster moving parts of the stream between the hills, or the white might be used like snow on the peaks of the hills, or used to frame the picture by making a line in front.
1 - 1 of 1 Posts