06-09-2020, 08:28 AM
Join Date: May 2020
| | Re: Hardscape mock-up opinions sought
Originally Posted by Michael
I like parts of both. The first one draws your eye into the tank because the stone masses are angled toward the back and center. In the second, there is more asymmetry between the two stone masses, with the one on the left smaller. If it were my tank, I would go with the angle in the first, and the asymmetry in the second. In fact I would try to increase the asymmetry by placing the stones on the left closer together so that whole mass of stone looks smaller than the right side.
Some practical considerations: be certain that youi have enought room behind the stones to get your favorite algae scraper in there. No matter how clean you get the holey rock at first, it will always grow a very dark patina of algae on some parts of each stone. The only way to get this off the rock is to take it out and bleach it. Cichlid keepers often do this, but they usually don't have soil substrate and plants. My suggestion is to embrace the really interesting pattern of light and dark that develops on the stones.
Thanks Michael. You mention the second layout several times, but there are actually three, or maybe two and a half. Let's call them layouts 1, 2, and 2-A. The difference between 2 and 2-A is that the mass on the left has been separated into two distinct masses (ain't continental drift fun?). So 2-A is the last picture and the video. Are you referring to layout 2 or 2A?
Thanks as well for the advice on algae and discoloring of the rocks in the aquarium water. I'm really looking for more of a "weathered" look, so some darkening of the stones will be just fine with me.
On the spacing and walls of the tank, thanks for the reminder of that. While I try to think of everything, I usually miss at least one obvious thing.