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Old 03-30-2003, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Ok, I am about to do some replanting in my 75 high-light tank. Here is a current picture:

And here is what I like about the tank (the tunnel effect):

I am planning to switch the ludwigia repens with a hybrid variety that is much more red. I also have some blood stargrass and pearlweed coming...and I want to grow out the indica stem I have... but where can I use them to best effect?
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Ok, I am about to do some replanting in my 75 high-light tank. Here is a current picture:

And here is what I like about the tank (the tunnel effect):

I am planning to switch the ludwigia repens with a hybrid variety that is much more red. I also have some blood stargrass and pearlweed coming...and I want to grow out the indica stem I have... but where can I use them to best effect?
Thanks!
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Old 03-30-2003, 03:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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What's that in the middle foreground? Glosso?
I'd take that out and let the hairgrass cover
the entire front.
That 'tree' in the middle may be taking
attention away from the rest of the aquascape.
I'd remove it or lay it down diagonally
like a fallen tree. You can then plant taller
plants behind it with the hairgrass infront
of it.

Placement of the wood on the left and right
looks good. You may want to consider using
an echinodorus urguaensis behing the wood
on the left with some 6"-8" tall crypts
under it. Maybe a few more shorter crypts
around that area.

Or you could ignore me completly and do whatever
pleases you! I'll blabber on forever....

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Old 03-30-2003, 04:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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That is a very interesting design you have there...oddly, I really like the woodland background picture you have in there...and your tank compliments it so well..I do think the bottom should be all hairgrass, as well, though the glosso reminds me a bit of ivy...so it goes well with the theme....maybe move it over to the right where the hairgrass is, and move the hairgrass to the middle...and trim the (dwarf sagittaria?)..or is that tenellus?..also, it's hard to tell, but is that bacopa to the left of the vertical driftwood?..I'm thinking remove it and replace it with anubias nana or crypts as previously mentioned(the crypts would add a "ferny" look to the tank)....and possibly find some really thin, branchy pieces of wood to add here and there...overall, I like that tank. I really don't know what to say..lol.
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Old 03-30-2003, 08:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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I almost think the tunnel you speak of would look better without the thick clump of tenellus or whatever it is... something softer and shorter looking... maybe a mound of hairgrass to tie in with the foreground, and move the grass to the rear center. The whole area around your tunnel looks to busy and overgrown to me. If you had hairgrass growung the entire length of the foreground, including where the grass is, then the mixture of the glossostigma, (is that what it is?) in the middle would work better. Of course I would like to see more of the right side of the tank where the picture is cut off.

Something like this maybe?



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Old 03-31-2003, 12:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for your insights! Keep 'em coming!
I agree with pretty much all the ideas...
BTW the 'glosso' is actual marselia quad.
I plan to take out most of the dwarf sag. and replace it with pearlweed, which sounds like it lines up pretty much with consensus - I have some rockwork behind there that is totally obscured
It is a bit overgrown at the moment that's true.
Interesting thought about the center 'tree' - I may just do that! I dunno about the hedge in what is now a gap - when I light up the background there's a forest path that lines right up there that I am kind of attached to - I will perhaps try something there for awhile and see if it grows on me LOL

What kind of crypts are you thinking? I have some 'lutea' on order, and I have a bunch of copper wendtii ... what do you think?

I love the photoshop - it really is worth a thousand words!

Again, more comments welcome!
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Old 04-04-2003, 03:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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Pre.S> If you can only post a single pic try to take it from the front. I really like the health and color of the tank as it is. These comments aren't even constructive criticism, just some ideas you might want to consider. In the end, make the tank your own.

A) Move the log/tree 8" to the left. I'm guessing but that should be the optical center. You may also want to push it back some into the steps. It could be the picture, but dead center could be distracting.

B) In front of the tree and in the back center, how about some midground plants with large leaves like a dwarf sword or some anubias?

C) Even though I have glosso, I like the hairgrass better in your tank. Don't be afraid to leave some substrate showing. There's no need to carpet the front and the color contrast can help define things.

D) Mix some crypts into the stems to give better variety and definition. Some color would also help with this.

Just some ideas. I REALLY like the tunnel effect too. Anything you could do to give theat impression from the front view would be amazing.

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Old 04-06-2003, 06:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
 
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Ok, did the renovation and took most of the advice offered....

What do you suggest for the open rear area? I have some indica, some lilac temple, and I have some blood stargrass coming...any thoughts?

The rocks will grow algae over time and become less white. The hairgrass should fill in that gap...
The pot is some Crypt. lutea that I am letting grow a bit before deciding what to do with it.
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Old 04-06-2003, 06:39 AM   #9 (permalink)
 
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I like the open area the way it is. What is it that causes the vertical streaks in the background?

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Old 04-06-2003, 06:43 AM   #10 (permalink)
 
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oh, that's a poster of a forest I stuck behind the tank. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't
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