You see, I was really set on a forest theme BUT the pieces of wood I currently have just felt lacking and the whole process just became more and more forced. The rocks I wanted to use weren't scaling well, and the pieces of driftwood didn't blend, but thanks for the vote of confidence.I'm going with #4. Some well placed foliage both high & low, and the scape will look like a competition quality forest path.
I'm on here and there, just every few days or so and I don't always say much of anything unless something interests me or someone mentions me.Hey Sil! Haven't seen you around much lately. You might remember that I'm a fan of a forest path... still love the old Red Riding hood scape. Idk though, I like a mountain scape too. I vote for 1 or 4, lol, and would love to see what you do with either.
Hmm, I'm unsure about the large low rock on the left in pic 1. It doesn't match as well as the rest do so perhaps it needs a bath? Lol, I thought of you and all my other favorite scapers when I dropped rocks in muriatic acid for the first time a few weeks ago. Anyway, knowing you, we probably wouldn't notice slight rock variations once the tank is planted.
Hey thanks for the vote of confidence, Culprit.To me - the stone layout definitely has the most potential. Definitely needs a unique planting. Imo the rocks on the bottom left seem a little out of place and a little unnatural. Some details would also obviously help but i know you are still in the beginning stages. The other scapes look to forced like you said especially #3. Looking good overall though and can't wait to see what you do, it always seems like your soft scape absolutely transforms scapes in a completely different way.
Glad you asked! I slipped clear acrylic substrate supports into the aqua soil right before the photo. Originally I didn't, but I'm going to tweak some of the stone (mainly the right side) before submerging. Since I'm using the dry start method they weren't needed since the plant roots would have kept everything in place and the stone is heavy enough to prevent the substrate from leveling.
Love it - every time I see a fern plant like this in a landscape photo or elsewhere I always try to come up with an aquatic plant with strong resemblance. So far I know of three plants with similar appearance, and I am planning on using the African Fern mini - most likely.
I hate you. Your giving me the itch again.Since the plants used were already adapted to emersed growth I thought it was beneficial in this setup to dry-start the tank and allow some of the plants to develope a roots before submersing it. It also allowed for some different photos of planting. Definitely planted heavily.
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That's a great idea! I've been going back and forth on my head what species would do well in this size tank. I'd need to see if the store can order me chilli rasbora's.