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fattail95 11-09-2010 04:27 PM

I need some help with Aquascaping...
 
Hi Guys!

I have recently bought a new Fluval Edge tank and what to make it look as good as possible. I have never been amazing on the side of aesthetics so I would like your advice on how to set it up to look good whilst still making it a nice place for the fish to be. I have got a nice large rock and some white pebbles which I will show you in a picture below.

http://i704.photobucket.com/albums/w...5/IMG_0649.jpg

This is my Edge with the rock balanced on top, it looks orange but is actually chalk white, I was thinking of putting it in the middle of the tank surrounded by these white pebbles...

http://i704.photobucket.com/albums/w...09at211928.png

What do you think?

If you have any suggestions about how to make the tank look good, please tell me!

Thanks so much,

Benji.

fattail95 11-09-2010 04:28 PM

Oh and if anyone would draw up a sketch of what they think would look nice, that'd be great!

EDIT: Another picture of the rock to make the colour clearer..

http://i704.photobucket.com/albums/w...IMG_0647-1.jpg

redchigh 11-09-2010 04:44 PM

Looks like the big rock is Gypsum...

It'll slowly dissolve in your water, and shoot the GH up.

As for the small pebbles, I would silicone most of them into a tall pile, and place the pile in one of the back corners. The other pebbles (that you saved) can be placed around the pile randomly.

Slant the gravel dramatically up towards the left side (or left corner) and plant lots of hairgrass.

Pretty much have an Iwagumi set up.

Can also place some random crypts, put some Echinodorus var Vesuvius or "Giant hairgrass" on the back wall close to the big pile.

Moss-covered driftwood would also look nice.

A sketch is asking a little much.

sik80 11-09-2010 04:53 PM

Without meaning to sound harsh - you will struggle to get a 'natural' looking aquarium with the decor you have. The black substrate and white pebbles and rocks are too contrasting. If it was me, I'd keep the black substrate, search around for some dark looking rocks (from your garden or a riverbed perhaps) and get a nice piece of driftwood; then try them out in different positions and see what looks good. If you're not after the natural look thats fine - feel free to ignore me!

fattail95 11-09-2010 05:00 PM

I agree with the white stones along the bottom, that that would be too much of a contrast, but I do think stacked up against both back corners that it would look great! I like the idea of driftwood, and I will see if my LFS has any. I would like some advice on plants though. Thanks for your help!!
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underh2o 11-09-2010 05:40 PM

All these reply's sound great but bottom line ya have to do what pleases your eyes!!!! The longer your in the hobby the better your eye will get and you will see a huge difference between your first tank and one a few years down the road.

luckysarah 11-09-2010 06:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 509525)
Looks like the big rock is Gypsum...

It'll slowly dissolve in your water, and shoot the GH up.

As for the small pebbles, I would silicone most of them into a tall pile, and place the pile in one of the back corners. The other pebbles (that you saved) can be placed around the pile randomly.

Slant the gravel dramatically up towards the left side (or left corner) and plant lots of hairgrass.

Pretty much have an Iwagumi set up.

Can also place some random crypts, put some Echinodorus var Vesuvius or "Giant hairgrass" on the back wall close to the big pile.

Moss-covered driftwood would also look nice.

A sketch is asking a little much.

cool idea :-P
I might steal it

Bluebirdnanny 11-09-2010 06:42 PM

You mean "adopt and test" the idea right??? You wouldn't steal from another aquarist! lol


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