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tsweers89 03-06-2010 11:38 AM

Help With Driftwood Placement and Substrate
So im to the point of driftwood placement and doing the substrate and need some pointers.
What do you recommend for driftwood placement? i dont need to use all 3 pieces.
How is my substrate layout? It seems boring to me with it all just slanded upwards torwards the back of the tank. But i dont know what to do with it.

The Tank:





tsweers89 03-06-2010 11:39 AM

Mean Harri 03-06-2010 12:19 PM

The last picture is nice. You're using all 3 pieces and it looks nice. There's a lot to plant around and attach to in that last lay out. Other than that, the second picture from the top in the second post is not bad either. The First one is pretty goo too. The 3rd 4th and 5th are sparse/lonely looking. I vote #6 first then #2

jeaninel 03-06-2010 12:28 PM

I kind of like #4. It looks kind of tree like and I think would look real cool with some java moss tied to the branches. I like #6 also and would also do the moss covered branch thing there.

iamntbatman 03-07-2010 04:15 AM

The last one is my favorite, also. Then again, I'm a big fan of driftwood generally so the more the merrier as far as I'm concerned.

JohnnyD44 03-07-2010 09:32 AM

I'm with E and Batman....#6 looks great!

aunt kymmie 03-07-2010 09:47 AM


Originally Posted by JohnnyD44 (Post 339752)
I'm with E and Batman....#6 looks great!

Me too! If you're going with a planted tank you might want to add more substrate.

Byron 03-07-2010 10:38 AM

Also the last for me. Aside from previous comments on this one, it also makes the area look larger. When you space out wood and/or rock in a tank, so long as nothing is "centre" or in "pairs", it always gives the impression of more horizontal space, and that is a plus. Variable distances between objects creates a more natural and spacious look.

On the substrate, yes, more depth for plants. I often recommend 4-6 inches, with less at the front (2-3 inches) and the depth towards the back, either sloped or in terraces with rock (provided it is not calcareous, the "lace rock" sold in fish stores is OK). Just happened to be reading an article on substrate in the current AFI last evening and the author Mike Hellwig mentioned 5-6 inches depth for a planted tank. More depth works in planted aquaria because the plant roots keep the bacteria and nutrient/gas exchanges active in the substrate, whereas in a non-planted tank less substrate is better because the added depth with no plant roots provides more chance of compaction and related problems.

And once you have the wood with plants around them, you will not notice the substrate and it will not be so "boringly" obvious as you put it. But if you want to add something to that, some flat but variable;e rock works. Flat slate is less effective, but chunks of rock that have shape (non-flat surfaces) but a re somewhat flattish in general can be laid on the substrate or slightly buried to create a nice effect, and then plants around them, moss growing over them...lots of ideas. If you check the photos, esp the close-ups, under my "former" 70g and 90g, I had this sort of layout with flattish rock that matched the gravel colouration, so it is not really noticed but yet you sense something is there because it breaks up the gravel. It should never be "obvious" but subtle, if that makes any sense.


JMILLER 03-07-2010 11:23 AM

I like 4.

Roxas 03-07-2010 11:32 AM

I like 4 as well as six, but with 6 yould take the right bit of wood and place it near the otheres but so it curvers around the back like a pile spreading off but dont put the wood to far or close from the left clump, Gravel wise its good for that set up!

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