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Discussion in 'Critique My Aquascape' started by Nate, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. Nate

    Nate New Member

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    Before proceeding I would appreciate some critique. I'm struggling with the placement of the rocks, have some different stones just wondering which to use [​IMG]

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  2. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi Nate, welcome to ASW!

    I like the wood pieces very much, they are the right size for the tank and have a lot of character. Unfortunately, your stones don't quite have the same presences in this scape.

    Since you have great pieces of wood, I would recommend ditching the rocks and using only the wood. The second problem you have with the rocks is they are two different types. You should really only use one type of stone. Using smaller stones around the base of the wood or in conjunction with the wood isn't a bad idea, but right now they are all large dominant pieces and compete instead of complimenting or accenting one another.
     
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  3. Nate

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    Thanks for the welcome @ShadowMac,

    Advice taken and will re-post some pics later. Think I'll add more wood and see what comes of it.




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  4. Nate

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    Little update without the rocks, the right kinda feels empty, but with the correct planting I might be able to achieve some balance, what you guys think?

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  5. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    It all depends upon the style, look, and plants you want to use.

    Any pictures of scapes you like or something you are shooting for?
     
  6. Nate

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    Not actually, call me ignorant but I'm kinda trying to achieve something that doesn't resemble what I've seen before which is becoming harder each time,
    Few of my previous tanks had a combination of wood and rocks.

    like this,

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    Well I really wanted to achieve a island style scape but think 30cm width doesn't give me much to work with.


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  7. Nate

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    Playing around a bit more,

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    Will a neutral beige background suit the scape? Have some paint laying around.

    Tx


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  8. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Nate

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    WOW WOW what a wonderful collection of twiggy DW

    Next question what to do with all that DW

    I would go for the Island Aquascape.

    There are several alternatives
    1 Remove both ends and leave as is.
    2 Remove every thing and make a big Island mound. It can be central or slightly of centre.
    3 Pack the DW close or open it up a little on the tapering Island mound.

    This is just an idea for you to consider.

    What are your thoughts?

    You have nothing to lose just create a far better Aquascape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  9. Nate

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    @keithgh,

    Thanks so much only paid R500 for a huge black bag.

    So taking your advice I tried putting together a island style scape,

    And came up with this. Your guys thoughts will be appreciated!

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    Thanks


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  10. RIcardo Pedro

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    i liked more the initial "mess" with branches, was more complex and with lots of plants would be very nice.

    This is nice also, but lacks more branchs stretching from the islands for my opinion...

    But anyway good job!
     
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  11. jagermelifter

    jagermelifter Aspiring Aquascaper

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    try to leave the center wood in place but move the other ones around pointing more outwards instead of all being congested in the middle. that way youd have more planting space not being covered by the branches. i like the island nonetheless.


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  12. keithgh

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    Nate

    Now the fun starts try to open it up a little with outward branches where possible.
    The pieces you did not use you can cut the long twiggy and place them as if spreading outward (light brown)

    Substrate add more to continue the same slope towards the ends and front but keep the front the same depth across the tank about 8-10cm.

    To stop slippage use pieces of slate or similar material as an underground retaining wall (Blue)

    To get it perfect its not going to happen immediately and only you can see what works best.

    There are plenty of spaces for rooted plants and plants tied to the DW branches.

    Here is a good example of what I have been thinking about using your hardscape materials.

    Keith:cat::cat:

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  13. Nate

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    White sandy sides or not? If yes should I add more for height?

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    The most I could achieve tonight but not in a rush to complete, criticism welcome. For me I feel the left feels neglected in wood spreading outward...



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  14. keithgh

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    Its going along slowly but extremely well.

    I have stretched the DW RH end also pointing it downwards red lines this will give you a very smooth eye flow blue line.

    I blackened the LH end to give you a comparison in my opinion the lighter colour does not blend in and is extremely distracting.

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    Nate

    I am glad you liked it I am always thing ahead towards the finished Aquascape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  16. Nate

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    I already made the changes but too late to take a snap, I will be adding Cal Aqua Black Earth to the sides later this evening.

    Appreciate your feedback Keith


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  17. Nate

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    Howdy guys, sincerely hoping this is my last change. My borelli's is waiting on a breeding tank.

    Should I go half RO and other half tap water

    cheers


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    What you think????
     
  18. keithgh

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    Sorry to say you have taken one big step backwards.

    You now have two aquascapes (Red line end of tank)

    Actual positioning of both pieces of DW perfect only problem is the big gap.

    Solutions move them closer together but do not change the positioning (twiggy bits pointing exactly the same)
    The other is fill that gap in you can go a whisker higher but not too high. Will it work ?????? that is the big question.

    The substrate is now taking shape its a massive improvement.

    Keith:cat::cat:


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  19. Nate

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    Wow did I have much on my plate the last few days,

    Updated pic

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    Looking forward to your feedback,


    Regards
    Nate
    South Africa
     
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  20. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    You are getting very close now but only a few points to go yet.
    Over all it looks very promising well done.
    DW I don't thing you can improve with what you have remembering planting will change everything.

    Rocks front LH not required.
    All other rocks OK
    Personally I would like to see the same substrate and small rocks on the LH & RH sides.
    It will not have to be done if you decide to do Carpet Planting there as it will all be covered.

    Next step is up to you?

    Planting are you limited to what you can buy?

    Are you considering the Dry Start Method?

    For planting I would like to hand you over to a planting expert.


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