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Old 05-24-2020, 10:05 AM   #11 (permalink)
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great observation. I was worried about that Do you know if it's the same with Ada Amazonia soil? I find it's quite heavyish. Also planning on putting aesthetic white sand in the front at the very end. And didn't want it to mix with the slope. It's only going to be 1-2cm(1inch). not even. very thin.

So really don't want to much more height in the front for that reason.

Regarding holding the slope, do you think carpet plants, heavily planted, + some of my hardscape pieces like the rocks and wood will hold the slope from moving down?

For the small area for plants, here's the top view, do you still think it is quite limited? I was thinking I had quite a bit of space for background plants like rotundofolia, but lacking space in midground.
Would substrate supports help? such as plastic pieces.
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You can fit plants in the available areas, but it can be hard to keep the background plants from overgrowing and dominating the hardscape. If you want to try it go ahead - the goal we all have is to have what we think looks best. I found that ADA Aquasoil was pretty good at holding a slope, but I never tried it with that much of a slope. The problem is that it is natural for slopes to level out when moving water is there. I'm sure it would be fun to watch what the tank does when it has growing plants in it.
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No that looks fine. You just want to be able to get some water movement back there so it can carry nutrients back there.
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Many of us never expect an aquascape to last more than a year or so, because we always want to try something, and our "person who shares our house" doesn't want another aquarium in the house. So, it is entirely possible that even a steep slope will last that long with Aquasoil.
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ok I've been staring at this for a few days now. This is just my two cents and take it for what it's worth and if you like it it's your tank. The three small stones in the front right first off and to close together and don't match the rest of the rock. The rocks in the back left seem to close to the glass. Like I said just my two cents. Other than that I think you have a great start. You could always put a nice red tiger lotus in just off-center to the left for a good focal point.
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