Aquascape Improvement?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Aquascaping' started by Charles556, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. Charles556

    Charles556Valued MemberMember

    I was looking at my 29 gallon from my desk chair, watching my Angelfish prepare their spawning leaf for another go of it, when the thought occurred to me: something was missing.

    Not any fish or anything, but something from the aquascape. I'm not satisfied with it. There are a lot of open spaces where you can see the wall behind the tank, and I could definitely use some jungle val to cover up the corners, but... even picturing it in my head, I still feel like the tank would still be empty.

    Do you all have any thoughts on how to improve my aquascape? Any fresh ideas are welcome, as long as they do not include awful fake plastic stuff.

    (Note: The anubias on the wood is only temporary, as I'm moving it to another tank soon.)

  2. Skyy2112

    Skyy2112Valued MemberMember

    I would suggest a full replant! Small plants in front, large in back. If you're running atleast a 20w (or so) T 5 or 8 bulb I'd say try some carpeting moss in the front or on some wood as a side project, these will cause you to delve into your tank more often. =]

    Also backgrounds add a lot more depth to a tank. =] cant tell if you have one.
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  3. Sarah73

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    How many fish do you have in there and what kind of fish do you have in there? Your tank does look like it has something missing though.

  4. OP

    Charles556Valued MemberMember

    Just updated the current stocking in my signature. I'm probably going to get a school of tetras to fill out the tank, but I only want to do one school. Stuck between Lemons, Black Neons, and Von Rio Flames, none of which stick out to me.
  5. KingD

    KingDFishlore VIPMember

    Beautiful tank! I suggest more plants and maybe another piece of driftwood or some rocks. Some taller thicker plants in the back with some short foreground plants would make it look so nice. Maybe you can get some plants with different colors also
  6. Sarah73

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    You should add some amazon swords for the Angels.
  7. esortwell

    esortwellNew MemberMember

    You could put some val in the back to create a natural looking background
  8. OP

    Charles556Valued MemberMember

    Thanks for all the help and compliments, guys and gals. I currently only have a T8 fixture with day-glo bulbs for plants, but I just ordered a Finnex Ray2 for this tank. I'm hoping it can improve the look and plant growth.

    Amazon swords and similar species I can get a lot of; it's jungle vals that are the problem. I don't really want to order online, so I've went to almost every single pet store/lfs in my area. I just found one sickly looking val that I'm hoping to bring back to life (I got it for a discounted price anyway, so no big loss if I fail).

    The thing is, I don't particularly like carpeting plants. I prefer being able to see my sandy bottom.

    Also, I just realized that my tank doesn't really have a focal point. Maybe the bogwood in the center, but it's not ideal for me.
  9. Sarah73

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

  10. Aquaphobia

    AquaphobiaFishlore LegendMember

    I would move stuff around so that it's less balanced. The driftwood is in the middle with two swords(?) behind at each end. I would move the driftwood to the left, even stand it on end if possible, and move the swords together to the right back side. That would give some places for your eye to rest, right now it's sort of mixed together and you see it as a whole so rather than leading your eye from feature to feature, you just see the tank with green stuff. You might also consider getting some plants with reddish tints to the leaves, maybe another variety of sword if you have the room or even a red variety of lotus or dwarf lily!

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