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Hardscape or plants - whats most important to you?

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by JEK, Dec 10, 2008.

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Whats most important when you make a scape; plants or hardscape

  1. Plants.

    24 vote(s)
    19.8%
  2. Hardscape.

    36 vote(s)
    29.8%
  3. They are both equally important to me.

    61 vote(s)
    50.4%
  4. Other.

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    0.0%
  1. JEK

    JEK New Member

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    When you make an aquascape, is the plants the most important and the hardscape just to complement them? Or is it the opposite?

    I love plants, but i feel that the hardscape is a bit more important. I would for example never make a dutch a aquascape with plants only and when I´m thinking of a new scape is often the hardscape and the placement of it I plan first and then i start too think wich plants that would fit.

    Hard to choose, but I think I´m a bit more a "hardscaper" than a "plantscaper".:D

    How about you?
     

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  2. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hardscape.

    With Dutch set ups,this also can be true.
    Wood can be used, attached moss etc and made to appear as groups etc.

    If you are only concered about growing, then the plants.
    I think about the hard scape first with any design.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  3. JEK

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    Aha, i did´nt know that. Thought dutch tanks was with only plants arranged in groups...
     
  4. tirtha1979

    tirtha1979 New Member

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    I think Tom is correct. Dutch style also needs hardscape to get the desired shape of the scaping. May be the Rocks and woods won't be that much visible like nature aquariums but still they play a vital part in Dutch style.
     
  5. Church

    Church New Member

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    I voted hardscape, because now that I've been experimenting with a good solid hardscape prior to beginning new aquascapes, I can see how they virtually make or break the finished product.

    That being said, you can make some real badass aquascapes with no hardscape at all, for sure!
     
  6. J House

    J House Moderator Staff Member

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    It's definitely the hardscape since that usually anchors the focal point and determines where plants are placed and how they are trimmed.
     
  7. dg2606

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    They both play a vital role in scaping. As the hard scape provides the foundation like J house said, but the plants accent that foundation and add that extra ooohhh aaaahhh.
     
  8. aaronnorth

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    Hardscape.
    It is a lot easier to plant around the hardscape, than it is to position the hardscape around the plants.
     
  9. Chadly

    Chadly New Member

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    has to be hardscape. No matter how much or how little, the hardscape defines and provides the positioning of the plants. That may not be true in some scapes, but maybe 95% of all aquascapes.
     
  10. defdac

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    Plants with a touch of hardscape, not hardscape with a touch of plants.
     
  11. Morten

    Morten New Member

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    Obvious both.
    What would only one of them be, without the other.
     
  12. thief

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    Aw man I was nervous I thought that I was the only one who thought Hardscape is one of the biggest essentials to me!:loco:
     
  13. Jaide

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    I said both, because I can never get my hands on everything I need right away, or before plants, so I usually end up growing plants then building the hardscape and adjusting plants accordingly.

    In a perfect world I would have the hardscape complete before plants or water are added.
     
  14. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    I put both equally as important. I rarely have visible hardscape in a tank BUT without the hardscape then everything would be on the substrate, so whilst my hardscapes are not often a focal point they are very much part of the end result.

    AC
     
  15. Characins

    Characins New Member

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    You can have an awesome tank with little or no hardscape, but you can't have an awesome tank with little or no plants.

    I pick up whatever hardscape I can find, and work it all in where ever later on. Plants are most important to me.
     
  16. MonoBarrientos

    MonoBarrientos New Member

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    Hi!, good point:proud:
     
  17. Christian Hansen

    Christian Hansen New Member

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    I love to see the plants grow, and I do not think I would make a scape with hardscape only....would be boring to me. On the other hand, hard scape makes all the difference, and I cant really imagine making a nice looking scape with plants only, so to me both are equally important. If I HAD to choose between one or the other, I would say plants is most important to me. This is based on the fact that I consider a hardscape only tank to boring...I would be able to get along with plants only, if I HAD to.....
     
  18. user367

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    I like plants and I think -plantscape maybe very impression without hardscape.
     
  19. GoodKnight

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    I can't say... Never tried aquascaping with plants... My first try with plants is "I failed"... :D try to make a new project next year with plants... Still on research... :D To young to be mature... :D
     
  20. saintly

    saintly Aspiring Aquascaper

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    There both important to me, but if I had to choose with arm behind my back?....plants of course, it is possible to create a beautiful layout without hardscape.

    Amano proved the NAW book 1.

    Although, secretly I'm beginning to become a hardscape junky :eek:

    i voted both! :)) not sure which side of fence to sit
     

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