| | Re: Aquascaping Idea General Help Please
My approach to aquascaping has always been to try to please myself with how my tank looks. After all, this is a hobby, and a hobby = personal pleasure or why bother with it? I like this approach during the learning curve, as we learn to keep a reasonably algae free tank, how to keep our plants healthy and growing, how to keep our fish healthy, etc. Eventually, when we have learned those basics, we will probably find our standards for our pleasure are higher, then we can work on the basics for creating an aquascape that pleases us, and, better yet, that pleases others.
One part of that, in my opinion is learning the characteristics of many different plants, which leads us to collectoritus. But, that isn't a bad way to learn. You only learn so much by reading about it - eventually you need to try it yourselves to learn the rest. So, my approach has been to try many different plants, not all at once, but a few at a time, to see what they will do in my tank.
I'm getting closer now to wanting to learn the secrets of setting up a tank that will look like I wanted it to look, and how to decide what I want it to look like for the maximum visual pleasure.
That's a lot of words meant to say just have fun for now, try several types of plants, learn what their names are, what they need, how to provide for what they need, etc. But, most of all, just do it for the fun of it for now. When you fail - I have lots and lots of experience at that - try to learn all you can from the failures.