Once the water cleared up and looking at it, it didnt look bad. However it was looking a bit boring and small and didn't capture what I was going for. Before the rocks, it was all flat leveled with stem plants at different heights. With this scape, I wanted plants to grow emersed out of the water. I wanted a grand look. Also, I always find myself (in basic flat tanks) slightly looking to the right, and then to look to the left. With the first try, with everything being in the left, I still liked to look to the right, and had to push myself to look left naturally. So for the next time, I wanted the focus to go from right to left. In regards to being grand, in the first attempt, I raised the soil up high up, but still looked small. Maybe because it wasn't high enough? maybe the slope wasn't steep enough? I do know I used a lot more soil, as I almost finished another 9 L bag of aquasoil.
Still having lots of unused rocks, lots of time, and an opportunity to work while I don't have fish in the tank, I tore it down and made a fresh scape. In the first attempt, I was interrupted many times (girlfriend felt it was a great time to ask a lot of favors from me aha, and little sister was crying a lot) and because of that, I stopped to many times and made lots of corrections. This time, nobody was home and I just started placing stones. I started from the left really steep and high up, then slowly bring it down. All the small rocks in between are shards of slate to support the structure, and will be covered. My plan is for lots of it to be covered in anubius bonsai. Mixed within climbing on the rocks is hygrophila pinnatifida, and the back having stem plants. The front, I am planning to carpet with HC, but I am timid as my first attempt didnt go well. Here is the second attempt redone, after the water has somewhat cleared.
Again thanks to the previous and future critiques, help, and tips
aha and also dont mind the tubes, Ill be moving them around and fixing them up soon so they arnt in the way. Also soon all the outlets will be stainless steel like the inlets.