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this tank was inspired by some wicked looking rock formations i saw on my way to yosemite (HWY120). wanted to try making some caves, dramatic rock formations and overhangs. had some rocks lying in a box that havent been used in a while, put somethings together with a bit of imagination, and this is what i came up with (posted on reddit earlier, but made a few slight modifications since then).



hope i can entertain and make this thread worth both of our time. ;)

at least until Monday, the project is going to be on hold since i need to get a new stand to support the tank as my current wire shelf will not cut the mustard. sand and substrate already purchased and ready to go once when new shelving is installed.

really digging this hardscape so much. im tempted just to leave it as is--- would make a great tanganyikan cichlid tank if i decide to glue all the rocks together.
 

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the rockwork looks promissing, but IMO the top pointing rock on the extreme right is a bit distracting.
well, lucky for me, nothing's set in stone (pun intended) will try to move it closer to the focal point and see what happens

your watermark is very distracting
hahaha. cant please everybody. distracting watermark on large photograph, or no watermark on small photograph? choose your poison. ;)

thanks everyone else for the encouragements. im still struggling with which plants to use in the back. Right now, im thinking all green: Crinum, 'Trident' and maybe downoi? yay? nay?
 

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hahaha. cant please everybody. distracting watermark on large photograph, or no watermark on small photograph? choose your poison. ;)
how about no watermark, like almost everyone else? I'm not sure why it's necessary in this instance — it's not even legible enough to allow anyone to see who actually owns the image...

I'm just saying, the watermark is distracting from a really nice layout, and takes away from the shadows and lines of it.

and it's pretty easy to remove.
 

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Unfortunately I've had a couple of experiences of having my work taken without permission. Sorry for being preemptive. I'll think about replacing the photo, though I don't know if I can edit my post anymore...

EDIT: nevermind, so special. confused this forum with another that didnt allow editing posts after a certain period of time.
 

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glad to see you changed your mind about the watermarks.

You've got a lot of different sorts of rocks in there; but, to me, it seems to work well. It makes the 20g look larger than it is. do you have any more of that wood? I think it'd benefit from more...

what are your fish plans?
 

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This is one of those rock arraangements that I wish would be left bare. Its that good, imho

I am flattered. I'm leaning towards that way, but still like growing things. It won't be over planted for sure though.


glad to see you changed your mind about the watermarks.

You've got a lot of different sorts of rocks in there; but, to me, it seems to work well. It makes the 20g look larger than it is. do you have any more of that wood? I think it'd benefit from more...

what are your fish plans?

I wish I had more wood. Manzanita pieces like that are hard to come by, most are way too branchy and their demand has made their prices hike up too. Not too happy about that. :p As for fish-- I would like to locate either some pseudomugil or yellow congos. Gonna stay away from cichlids since they like to dig and terraform my scapes and could potentially injure themselves by dislodging rocks.
 

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Unfortunately I've had a couple of experiences of having my work taken without permission. Sorry for being preemptive. I'll think about replacing the photo, though I don't know if I can edit my post anymore...

I have been in that same boat before so I completely understand where your coming from. I got a lot of the same feedback so I just found a way to make my watermark less obtrusive. '
 

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I have been in that same boat before so I completely understand where your coming from. I got a lot of the same feedback so I just found a way to make my watermark less obtrusive. '

I could always fade the watermark--- my only fear is that a less obtrusive watermark leads to easier photoshop removal. I think it will be easier just to submit lower res photos instead.
 

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I could always fade the watermark--- my only fear is that a less obtrusive watermark leads to easier photoshop removal. I think it will be easier just to submit lower res photos instead.
That is definitely an easier option lol

I just got to to the point where I had to decide what I wanted to watermark and what I didn't care about lol
 

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i still don't understand the fear of having someone take the photos; but I've never had any of mine taken – that I know of, nor am I a photographer. But I am a programmer, and love open source... so I'm a sharer anyway
 

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i still don't understand the fear of having someone take the photos; but I've never had any of mine taken – that I know of, nor am I a photographer. But I am a programmer, and love open source... so I'm a sharer anyway
...but programmers get paid bank-- at least around here they do. artists and photographers everyone thinks it's a hobby or a side craft, not a profession. that justifies ridiculous things such as asking for professional work for free in exchange for exposure. it's one thing to share a photo or art, but another when you start taking someone else's work, slapping a photoshop filter on it, calling it your own, and selling posters and t-shirts and making money off it is a no bueno.
 

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few subtle changes here and there because i had to pull the tank apart to move it to a new shelving unit. more or less the same but with sand now.

 
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