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Hi! This is my first real attempt at an aquascape, and I’d really appreciate any advice you have. I have attached two photos of what I have so far. My plan right now is to use MC as a carpet in the foreground and the path through the stones, add some S. Repens along the left and right walls, moss (maybe fissidens) on the dragon stone. I’m planning on planting all these during a dry start. Before I flood, I’d like to add some AR mini for a pop of color and a small amount of colorful stem plants in the back corners. For these I’m thinking about ludwigia arcuata, rotalla, etc. Are there any plants you’d recommend I stick in the crevices between dragon stone?I’d appreciate any advice! Thank you!
 

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Front two rocks are a little too similar in size and shape to me but it’s tough to get the full effect in a pic. I’d maybe raise the soil in the back a bit too. Should be a nice tank when you are done though.
 

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Thank you. You are right, they are pretty similar. I’ll shuffle things around a bit and see what I can do. I have another 6 liters of substrate, so I’ll definitely get a little more elevation in the back. Thank you.

I just couldn’t do much more with what I had as far as the two front pieces were concerned. I raised the substrate at the back of the tank and added some smaller accent pieces and rubble.

My substrate is about 5 inches deep in the back. Is that going to cause issues? Any further thoughts?
 

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hello, i think you should plant some mont carlo in the dragon stone towards the top, these cascade down and look beautiful after some time.
also i can see there is some space between the dragon stone and the sides on both of the side, if your using stem plants make sure you find a way to cover the bottom portion of the stems as these can look unsightly,
other then that it looks good, personally i would of liked sand between the rocks.
good luck!
 

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Thanks for the feedback! I’ll throw some Monte Carlo on the larger stones. I’m getting some Eleocharis Belem tomorrow, so I’ll be able to uproot a bit of the Monte Carlo and repurpose it. I’m hoping the S. Repens can block the view of the lower part of the stems, but I’ll adjust if necessary. I love the idea of the sand, but I’m not in love with the idea of the upkeep. Thanks again! I appreciate your help!

Edit: here’s what my dry start looked like when I planted it a few days ago.
 

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Dang. That does look nice. I already put blended fissidens all over the hardscape. Hopefully, they’ll look good together. If not, I’ll just have to adjust later.
 

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Added some substrate and Monte Carlo to some of the pits in the dragon stone. Added Ludwigia Arcuata in the back left corner and Rotala Bonsai in the back right corner. The Eleocharis Belem is delayed due to the weather, but I will stick it in various places around to hardscape to try to have a more natural appearance.
 

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