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Old 03-20-2003, 09:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I had to move my tank for spring cleaning(thats my excuse) so I decided to try a different aquascape. The plants are still growing in, but the general idea can be seen. I would like some improvement ideas. I am thinking about putting a low light, short plant under the lily if I can't keep it low.home.earthlink.net/~shaebo In order to see the tank, you have to link to aquarium and then new aquascape. Thanks for any input
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I had to move my tank for spring cleaning(thats my excuse) so I decided to try a different aquascape. The plants are still growing in, but the general idea can be seen. I would like some improvement ideas. I am thinking about putting a low light, short plant under the lily if I can't keep it low.home.earthlink.net/~shaebo In order to see the tank, you have to link to aquarium and then new aquascape. Thanks for any input
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Old 03-20-2003, 11:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Not a bad start, but I think the stones are a bit distracting, and don't make for a good focal point.I would try to make the whole tank your "focal point"...hard to explain, but instead of straight lines leading from one area to another, try curves and "S" shapes. Try breaking up the rocks into two or three groupings, and if possible, take a hammer to a couple of the rocks and break them into smaller peices, grouping the different sized rocks together(smaller rocks around the base of the larger rocks)..and slightly bury the rocks into the gravel as well. You can build different gravel levels around the rock work giving the whole tank a much more natural look. Also, that wood would look better in two seperate pieces worked into the rockwork following the same lines(direction or flow) of the rocks.

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Old 03-21-2003, 01:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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The rocks look like a pile of rocks. Keep in mind that a tank that size doesn't need a lot of accent pieces. I would choose between the rock or the wood but not both. If you stick with the rock I would spread them out some. I echo the idea of having various sizes and burying them partially.

The plants are a good start, but I am having trouble seeing the form you're going for. While I know things need to grow in, you may want to move some things to establish the back, mid and fore grounds.

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I think what I am trying to do with this aquarium is create a natural, not nature aquarium, view. I am trying to mimic the stream and creek bed banks in my area of the country. In the mountains here, you can find rocks piled with driftwood lying on top or underneath. The plants are often found growing around them. I know this is not a true natural scene in that the plants and fish are not compatible with the climate of the scene. Does aquascaping have to comform to the views of jungle, Dutch, or nature aquarium or should there be a natural aquascape? Is natural aquarium just another name for a biotope? Hopefully as the plants fill back in the tank will develop into what I imagine.
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Don't worry about conforming to anything.

Once we know what you're after we can help (we hope) to get you there sooner.

One question might be if you want it to scale. The reason we suggested you reduce the size of the rocks is so they aren't so overwhelming. It can make the tank seem larger than it really is if you have a half or quarter scale in mind. That's why you also see lots of tanks using tiny fish ... just so the perspective feels larger.

The reason we suggested various sizes of rocks is so that it looks more natural. All the stones I remember seemed to be the same size and stacked, but is that the way you would find them in nature?

When we talk about the fore, mid, back grounds we are merely thinking of the perspective. If this were dutch it would all be very regimented, but if you can define how they work in your vision, you'll find the tank flows better and draws the eye where you want it to go. If you were to put all stems in the front, it might be natural but it would also block the rest of the tank from view.

Like the stream you are trying to reflect you want the aquascape to flow from top to bottom, from left to right. When you look at a stream from distance, don't you always find yourself looking back up to where it starts and then back down to where it ends?

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Old 03-21-2003, 12:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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Shae, I see where you are coming from...If a pile of rocks is what you are going for, then keep it. I would, however, push it toward the back of the tank and try to stack the rocks in a more "natural" way(or choose a different kind of rock all together)...Do try to differ the sizes somewhat, and I think once your plants have filled in, and the rocks begin to cover with growth, you will have a truely unique tank, indeed.
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Old 03-22-2003, 12:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the input Slappy and James. I think as the plants fill in, there will be more of a back middle and foreground. I think my foreground will probably be mostly bare. The midground I have tried to use the crypts. and the back is the bacopa, C. spiralis, and moneywort. Hoepfully my Ammania will recover and that will also work into the back.I don't know how the lily will work as a mid-foreground plant. I'll have to post some pics when things have filled in a bit. I don't think the rocks will stand out as much once the plants have filled in as they will be partially covered with moss and surrounded by plants, but I'll find out. If it doesn't work, it will give me something fun to do in the tank. .
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