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180 gallons 6'x2'x2' planted tank

Discussion in 'Critique My Aquascape' started by Moonfroz, May 5, 2016.

  1. Moonfroz

    Moonfroz New Member

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    I am converting my old 180g reef to a planted tank. Please review my aquascape.

    I like it very much but I am open to improvement. So any comments will be appreciated.

    does the left side must be close ftp background or foreground?

    Is this aquascape can win a contest? Or it just good or many bad ...lol?

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to ASW lets start off with the good points.

    Looks like you have a good set up waiting for a good Aquascape.

    The DW is an excellent choice.

    Sorry for incomplete reply I will get back later today

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    At the moment it looks like two separate Aquascapes with a wide gap in-between the DW and rocks.
    Suggestion would be turn the DW on the LH side 180 degrees so the branches will link up making it look like they blend into each other.

    The DW on the RH side lift it up considerably to give it some height and taper it towards the LH front corner.

    Repeat this on the LH side but not as heigh this "should" give you an over all interesting shape.

    Pathway its completely uninteresting try to do something like this
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    This pathway is packed with shape and features.

    Substrate make it the same height from L to R about 6-8cm deep across the front. This will help to give you a smoother eye flow from L to R.

    At the moment it leaves much to be desired, many points can be improved on, is it a winner sorry to say not at the moment, with plenty of hard work to be done, correct planting it might be worth considering.

    Ask me the same question after the Aquascape is fully established 12 to 18 months time if lucky.

    Keith :cat::cat:
     
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    Thanks for taking time to reply

    Find below a new quick layout base on your comments,
    I have turn the LH to 180 degre and move 1 wood stick from left to right

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    I have also considered the layout without the LH, but my wife didn't like it!
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    On the right side, I aslo move one wood from left to right . To increase the size of right side

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    Hello and welcome to ASW,

    My preference is for your second attempt.

    Have you grown freshwater plants before? What are your plans for planting? This can help with making decisions about hardscape arrangement. Do you have some aquascapes you like or that you would like to reproduce the look of?

    I would work at leveling the front line of the substrate in all your layouts and building a good slope to the back. At a minimum of four times higher in the back as the front. The back substrate line can vary in depth, but the front in most cases should be level. This helps build perspective and depth.
     
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    Can we have a full frontal photo please, don't forget to get the levels correct.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    The front is at least 4-5 in lower than the back

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    That looks a lot better now you have something to work with.

    One suggestion to start off with level the Substrate at the front preferably the same depth as the RH side.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    As I look at the layout, I think the hardscape is generally nicely done. The one challenge I am starting to see is planting the space between the two groups of hardscape. If you are going for a path look that will be very difficult to accomplish with the lack or hardscape creating the path.

    If you want a solid planting through the midground that portion will also be a challenge to plant in such a way that you preserve the midground without making it foreground straight into background.

    Have you considered combining the two groups into one long triangular layout or island style look. This makes creating an effective midground easier.

    Do you have any scapes you like? What plants are you considering? This tank is huge, so you can use a lot of different plants. A generous usage of crypts and ferns around the hardscape regions would be a good idea. Depending upon the look you want, Vals or stems could be used as background plants. For a foreground you probably want something that will not require lots of regular trimming otherwise your back will hate you. Micro sword or a dwarf hairgrass like E. belem "Japanese mini" would be good options. I also like the look of the two combined. You could mix in some S. repens bushes or even small stem bushes in a tank this size that you keep trimmed down to add variation among the foreground.

    The stone in the center will most likely get lost in your planting and you should consider moving it.
     
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    A pathway could be done with very careful planting and always keeping it trimmed to the requires shape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    In such a large scape continuous grooming can get difficult to keep up with. My advice would be to plant in such a way that lots of trimming isn't necessary, which makes a path by plants difficult. Generally, even in a small tank I would recommend trying to create a path using only plants...it just doesn't work well.
     
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    The alternative grow very low plants/moss where you would like the pathway to be.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Got my order today, i will plant them tonight!!! yes...


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    You certainly have a big list of plants there, make sure you do not have any passengers on the plants.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Nice assortment but you may need LOTS more to plant it densely

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    Once they are planted and established you can see which plants to add also where to place them.

    Also remember you will have different growth rates.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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