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A Fresh Start

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by Beagle, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. Beagle

    Beagle Aspiring Aquascaper

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    So aside from the fact that nothing is actually glued together, this is a rough final product... the piece in the front right corner will be moved around quite a bit to make it fit together, and I'll add a few smaller pieces as well.

    Let me know if there's any major things you guys think I could change to improve... it might not be perfect but I think with the addition of plants that I will be really happy with it in the end. :D
     

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  2. Beagle

    Beagle Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The more I look at it the more I'm feeling like the left side is pretty light... I just really like the flow of everything towards the front right corner... Probably will try and add another upwards pointing piece in that direction as well
     
  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Beagle

    I think you have given yourself the perfect answer.

    I would wait until all the plants are established then and only then start thinking of does
    it or does it not require any changes.

    Finally remember these basic design rules.
    Keep It Simple KIS.
    More is Less and Less is More.
    If in doubt Leave It Out.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  4. Beagle

    Beagle Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Much delayed update! I'll try and share my process in getting this all setup...


    Original Scape

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    A little bit after planting... got creative with the plant choice and ended up getting HC in seed version to start the carpet via DSM. Shortly after planting this is what it looked like--

    AfterPlanting.jpg

    After just 4 weeks of DSM... I finally got to flood it! I tied down as much anubias nana petite pieces I could reasonably get my hands on (lesson learned there is buy more than you think you need, always). Here's what it basically looks like now!

    Flooded.jpg

    Don't get me wrong, I feel like there's lots of things that could be improved, but I'm super proud of at least getting this far!!! :LOL:

    Currently on 6hrs light, dosing with Flourish Excel, EI, some Seachem Stability to help set up some good bacteria (I hope) and lots of water changes. Still has a ways to go to finish cycling.

    Can't decide what to add to it after it's done cycling... feeling restricted with tank size. Choices are: cherry shrimp (have yet to keep any alive for more than 2 weeks... but would be nice for algae prevention) or a betta.

    Thanks in advance for any comments/constructive criticism! :rolleyes:
     
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  5. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    That is the most important point of all, that you are proud of your work.

    My only criticism would be, the small rock front and centre for some reason it appears to be a distraction. It could be it breaks up the natural eye flow.
    I would remove it and see how it looks.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  6. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Don't get me wrong, I feel like there's lots of things that could be improved, but I'm super proud of at least getting this far!!! :LOL:

    Currently on 6hrs light, dosing with Flourish Excel, EI, some Seachem Stability to help set up some good bacteria (I hope) and lots of water changes. Still has a ways to go to finish cycling.

    Can't decide what to add to it after it's done cycling... feeling restricted with tank size. Choices are: cherry shrimp (have yet to keep any alive for more than 2 weeks... but would be nice for algae prevention) or a betta.

    Thanks in advance for any comments/constructive criticism! :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]


    Definitely some improvements that could be made, but, very impressive for your first time! The first time is always the hardest, and then next time its like, whoa, this is way easier. Looks really good. Instead of a betta you could also put killifish, dario dario, or badis badis. You might be able to get a small (6) school of ember tetras but that might be pushing it. I think with such a small tank it would be really cool to get some different shrimp colonys going, some kind of neocaridinia, mabye blue velvets or bloody marys, and then a colony or rcs, and then mabye a tiger shrimp colony? It would look really cool. You ould have to feed but thats easy
     

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