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Redoing my 10g

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by BigAL777, May 20, 2016.

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  1. BigAL777

    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I want to rescape my 10g, but I don't want to pump co2. In fact I don't want plants at all! I am going to attempt a hardscape and I have already found a great piece if driftwood (that looks like a face hugger from aliens). The big rock has a lot of white veins through it, so before I put it in my tank, I will give it a thorough cleaning. I cut out cardboard in the exact size of my tank, and while arranging, I snapped pictures of what I liked. Let me know which one is your favorite (or none at all) and why.
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    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    And 12^
    Sorry for the junk food background lol
    I will probably be snapping more photos soon, so I made it able for you to change your vote.
     
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  4. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    BigAL

    Sorry to say nothing impress me at all yet "5" could have the best possibility to do some thing with even then it concentrates on the creature from space.

    Another point the smaller rocks just don't seen to work with the big rocks in each of your try outs.

    Now if you make up a box the same size as the tank a plastic strip for the front and even use sand as a substrate they all will look totally different.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  5. BigAL777

    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Aww, ok. I took a couple of shots with the actual light that will be used. The first photo really shows off the veins of white in the stone.

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I have seen similar rocks with white lines that are very prominent.

    Its not your DW or the rocks its the placement that was my concern and not using any substrate.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  7. BigAL777

    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I was thinking of a darker brown substrate than the wood, but not much darker. But I'm open to suggestions, I haven't actually found the substrate I will be using.
     
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    Colour of substrate in the box does not mean a thing its the shapes/levels of the substrate you can play with to get your hardscape perfect.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I prefer 1 and 6.

    The scapes where you separate the largest stone and the wood do not work. The two strong pieces fight against each other.

    Do you have a planting scheme in mind? This can also help determine what layout may work best.
     
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    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    No plants lol
     
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    So hardscape only?

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
  12. keithgh

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    Looks like you have a bit of plant research to work on first now.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  13. BigAL777

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    No don't want any plants, no plants no co2. Like this by aquarium design group:
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    This is my inspiration, I don't want to duplicate what he did, since its only a 10g, but I found a piece of wood that stood out to me, and I thought I could try a hardscape aquascape.
     
  14. BigAL777

    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Started the scape after taking the black rim off of the top. I haven't really done much as far as slopes and hills, I'm definitely listening to suggestions, so let me know what you honestly think. What works, what doesn't?
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  15. keithgh

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    First question what inhabitants are you thinking of having?

    I strongly suggest you get the slope sorted out first making the back LH corner as the highest point.

    At the moment the DW and the rock it's sitting on are looking OK, the remainder of the rocks look out of place or a flat surface is seen.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  16. BigAL777

    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ok, yeah I was just asking what would probably look the best on a slope. How tall of a slope would look good? I'm worried going too tall will set the focal point at an ugly bend in the wood. I also feel that there is a little too much negative space. I might have to find a taller angle on some of the smaller stones.
     
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    All I am saying is you have to start somewhere if one idea does not work you try something else and don't stop until you find what works best.

    One very good reason for using the mock up box method with sand as the substrate.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  18. BigAL777

    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Is this what you were thinking? I was justing playing with other rock placement, so the small stones aren't permanent.
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    Now that is a start.

    With that try I would lift the back LH at least 8-10 cm only leaving the rock under the DW and the front LH and see how it looks.

    Keith :cat::cat:
     
  20. BigAL777

    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    So just to clarify; lift the back left side up about 4 inches, and take out all of the stones on right hand side, correct? Or are you saying to burry the big stone?
    Should I reposition the two rocks or leave them out? There is a small rock in back left corner behind the wood and big rock, you can kind of see the reflection off the side glass. Should that rock stay or try a different stone or take it out?
     

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