So I have my new 90 gallon tank. I am starting to get all the things together that I want to use to do my planted setup. It should be pretty cool and I am very excited about what I have in mind.
I want to do a very dramatic "contrasting" tank. One side will be very hard. With tri-color stack stone and petrified wood. The other side will be very lush and organic with Amazon Driftwood and very planted. In between I want to do a "pond" or "stream" within my tank.
Here is my idea... When a tank is full of water and you see the exposed bottom piece of glass it reflects like a mirror due to the natural light prism that happens. So I want to "retain" the substrate so that the bottom of the tank is exposed. In the tank I need to find a way to hold the organic substrate back and keep it back. I have thought about using acrylic and bending it in the shape of a "pond" and using silicone to keep it in place. but I fear that the acrylic will cause it to look "manufactured". I really want it to appear as if it is a natural existing pool within my aquarium. Almost like "heavy water" would in the ocean.
I am wanting some advice on how you might make it look more natural.
The substrate that I am using is a black planting sand and natural gem pea gravel. Any advice would be appreciated.
I just don't want to rush this tank and I want it to turn out like a ADA type tank.
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