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post #1 of 3 Old 07-01-2013, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Hardscaping, how do you do it?

I have got 40kg of seiryu stone, sand, gravel and soil, plus 4 pieces of wood, 1 of which is absolutely amazing!

The hard part is deciding on whats going to go where, do i draw a plan or just go with the flow, theres an image in my head thats constantly changing or evolving, im looking at hundreds of aquascapes for inspiration

Now im not asking for the best way to do things i want to know how YOU decided to do it, posting pics of them also would be fantastic!

Lets see if we can get a nice thread for inspiration to all!

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post #2 of 3 Old 07-02-2013, 10:31 AM
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I laid out piece of cardboard same size as tank bottom on a table, and arranged and re-arranged the rock's wood until I found a look that was pleasing to me at eye level.
I then placed the rock's wood ,in the tank same way.
I am seldom happy with the look for long though.
Lot's of wood with anubia attached makes it easy for me to achieve different look's by just moving the wood pieces around.
Taller plant's, or those that can grow tall, I place at the back, or end's of the tank, and seldom nove them.
Ditto for crypt's, that don't particularly like to be moved judging from almost complete lack of growth for up to two week's after moving them.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-02-2013, 04:59 PM
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1077 has a very good idea. I do the try-out, but in the tank (empty, except for the substrate). I put the wood and rocks wherever, changing them. Sit in front of the tank to see what it looks like after changing something. Remember to never have anything dead centre, it will be very obvious and make the tank look smaller. Also, generally avoid equal distances between object, always stagger.

Depending on the tank size, larger tanks sometimes work better with two or three smaller aquascapes within the overall, sort of like conversation areas created by furniture groupings in a large room. Just make sure the small areas overlap a bit so they don't end up looking like 2 or 3 different tanks.


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