Can someone help me with Aquascape?

Chiasmodon
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:( I'm bad in aquascaping.. I could not do anything at all.. Look what I did to my aquarium.. it looks like dead.. even though it has a lot of plants.. I want something lively.. :( can someone help me? like where should I position my plants and my decoration (I only a few rocks and planning to get more).
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GuppyOverlord11
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I have no advice, but, THAT LOOKS AMAZING! It puts my tank to shame. If you want advice, read JLAquatics article on aquascaping.
 
alven
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Dude. What are you saying??? Your tank looks GOOD compared to the average fish tank. It's unique. It has a forest vibe aesthetic to it. I feel like your tank is fine, but hey, that's my opinion. :D

**(it also looks better than mine lol)
 
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Chiasmodon
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GuppyOverlord11 said:
I have no advice, but, THAT LOOKS AMAZING! It puts my tank to shame.
I dont think this is good.. It looks like.. I just randomly put everything.. even I tried my best :'(
 
alven
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Chiasmodon said:
I dont think this is good.. It looks like.. I just randomly put everything.. even I tried my best :'(
Bruhh stop. Your tank is fine.
 
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Chiasmodon
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aIvinn said:
Bruhh stop. Your tank is fine.
well.. if that's what you think.. but what I feel is that it needs more improvement.. well.. something may suit my taste.. at least.
 
GuppyOverlord11
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If you really want advice, talk to JLAquatics or read his article.
 
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Chiasmodon
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GuppyOverlord11 said:
If you really want advice, talk to JLAquatics or read his article.
Interesting.. so I need to remove everything again.. and I need rocks or stones. -3- and a good-looking wood ofc. I have wood outside but it's under drying process. I feel like my tank just lacks something.. like natural looks?
 
veggieshark
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I don't think your tank is that bad that you have to start over. The golden rule of photography is to have the focal spot slightly off center, and if you have a large picture (tank), you can have a minor focal spot on the other side. Your driftwood is placed more or less in that fashion. You just need to complete your idea with the high gravel on the left side. Either complete it with more ideas like a rocky shallow or distribute towards the back of the tank (Like the entire back side, or in a back corner starting high and coming lower at the front).
 
AggressiveAquatics
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Chiasmodon said:
I dont think this is good.. It looks like.. I just randomly put everything.. even I tried my best :'(
I guess you like what you like but I also agree this looks great. Randomly putting things is what gives tanks a natural vibe. But if you want to change it don’t let us stop you :)
 
CTYankee79
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I actually think it looks awesome. If I had to give any suggestions I would say add some tall plants to the left of the driftwood, to really accentuate that “sloping” aesthetic. It would also block the filter intake. At the other end on the right side of the tank I think a Pearlweed carpet trimmed nice and low would look great. If that’s dwarf sag that’s there already, allowing that to carpet will also look sweet.
 
StinkyLoaf
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It’s ok! :emoji_hugging: The scape is more natural than the scapes of my tanks fs. You’re using natural material which creates the right sort of water chemistry for those fish. I’m not sure why you think it’s really that bad; I myself am having problems with scaping more than you are.

I have some advice for you. What you could do is move plants and other decor into a corner to create a hiding spot for fish while leaving some open space for them two swim in. By putting more decor at the back you can also hide the pipes. Fish and inverts that roam the lower region of the tank will spice things up too.

Not all aquariums can be beautiful aquascapes and if anything I advise against creating an open, showy aquascape. Cluttering the tank with decor in some sections and leaving the rest open will be received better by the fish than a tank made to look pretty without taking functionality into consideration. You are already using natural materials, a perfect substrate for rooted plants and the stocking density is not an issue!
 
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Chiasmodon
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veggieshark said:
I don't think your tank is that bad that you have to start over. The golden rule of photography is to have the focal spot slightly off center, and if you have a large picture (tank), you can have a minor focal spot on the other side. Your driftwood is placed more or less in that fashion. You just need to complete your idea with the high gravel on the left side. Either complete it with more ideas like a rocky shallow or distribute towards the back of the tank (Like the entire back side, or in a back corner starting high and coming lower at the front).
Ooh, great Idea! It's not hard for me to remove that gravel! I will definitely be going to do this!.

CTYankee79 said:
I actually think it looks awesome. If I had to give any suggestions I would say add some tall plants to the left of the driftwood, to really accentuate that “sloping” aesthetic. It would also block the filter intake. At the other end on the right side of the tank I think a Pearlweed carpet trimmed nice and low would look great. If that’s dwarf sag that’s there already, allowing that to carpet will also look sweet.
I am planning to replace the whole driftwood.. with a smaller one.. and I will definitely going to move the new wood more slightly in the back.. and plant many as I can (giant sags and V. Americana and C. Wendti, Guppy grass, and hornworts ). I think my hornworts need trimming.. it's too long. ofc.. the hill will also be move in the back so there will be more space for carpet plants (my dwarf sags)

StinkyLoaf said:
It’s ok! :emoji_hugging: The scape is more natural than the scapes of my tanks fs. You’re using natural material which creates the right sort of water chemistry for those fish. I’m not sure why you think it’s really that bad; I myself am having problems with scaping more than you are.

I have some advice for you. What you could do is move plants and other decor into a corner to create a hiding spot for fish while leaving some open space for them two swim in. By putting more decor at the back you can also hide the pipes. Fish and inverts that roam the lower region of the tank will spice things up too.

Not all aquariums can be beautiful aquascapes and if anything I advise against creating an open, showy aquascape. Cluttering the tank with decor in some sections and leaving the rest open will be received better by the fish than a tank made to look pretty without taking functionality into consideration. You are already using natural materials, a perfect substrate for rooted plants and the stocking density is not an issue!
Ok! Thank you very much.. ye.. that large filter intake.. needs to be hidden..



Overall thank you, everyone!
StinkyLoaf said:
It’s ok! :emoji_hugging: The scape is more natural than the scapes of my tanks fs. You’re using natural material which creates the right sort of water chemistry for those fish. I’m not sure why you think it’s really that bad; I myself am having problems with scaping more than you are.

I have some advice for you. What you could do is move plants and other decor into a corner to create a hiding spot for fish while leaving some open space for them two swim in. By putting more decor at the back you can also hide the pipes. Fish and inverts that roam the lower region of the tank will spice things up too.

Not all aquariums can be beautiful aquascapes and if anything I advise against creating an open, showy aquascape. Cluttering the tank with decor in some sections and leaving the rest open will be received better by the fish than a tank made to look pretty without taking functionality into consideration. You are already using natural materials, a perfect substrate for rooted plants and the stocking density is not an issue!
CTYankee79 said:
I actually think it looks awesome. If I had to give any suggestions I would say add some tall plants to the left of the driftwood, to really accentuate that “sloping” aesthetic. It would also block the filter intake. At the other end on the right side of the tank I think a Pearlweed carpet trimmed nice and low would look great. If that’s dwarf sag that’s there already, allowing that to carpet will also look sweet.
veggieshark said:
I don't think your tank is that bad that you have to start over. The golden rule of photography is to have the focal spot slightly off center, and if you have a large picture (tank), you can have a minor focal spot on the other side. Your driftwood is placed more or less in that fashion. You just need to complete your idea with the high gravel on the left side. Either complete it with more ideas like a rocky shallow or distribute towards the back of the tank (Like the entire back side, or in a back corner starting high and coming lower at the front).
Guys, this is the final design that I made.. Ye I drew it.. .. as you can see, I changed the wood.. this is the wood that will going to replace the old one.

Here are some things I changed.. base on your suggestions

1. Wood is placed near the left.
2. Large plants placed on the left.. at the back of the wood (hornwort, guppy grass, V. Americana)
3. giant Sagittaria placed each side of the wood
4. Java moss on root of thw wood
5. Single java fern on the root of the wood
6. Baccopa, another variety of guppy grass and rotala is a placed on the right side of the wood.
7. in front of the wood are carpet of Dwarf sags
8. in the right farside.. I placed 4 C. Wendt.
what do you think guys?

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GuppyOverlord11
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Looks Good!
 
JLAquatics
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Chiasmodon said:
:( I'm bad in aquascaping.. I could not do anything at all.. Look what I did to my aquarium.. it looks like dead.. even though it has a lot of plants.. I want something lively.. :( can someone help me? like where should I position my plants and my decoration (I only a few rocks and planning to get more).
IMG_20210509_005943.jpg

IMG_20210509_005901.jpg
Personally, I think this is a great start with your tank and I see no need to redo the whole thing at all! Your stock won't appreciate it either when rescaping unless you have a temporary holding tank for them. I personally think that this aquarium has the makings for a great triangle aquascape setup utilizing your awesome forest technique! I am a little busy right now, but feel free to pm me if you would like any aquascape tips, I should be available tonight to help. Happy scaping! ;)
PS: I also just noticed you have a little sketch of a new design, it looks great!
 
Mudminnow
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Like others have said, your tank looks nice. The one thing I would do is to remove some of the gravel in the front left corner. I think, if the gravel was to keep the height in the back but slope down to the same level as the rest of your substrate in the front, that might improve the look.
 
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Chiasmodon
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Mudminnow said:
Like others have said, your tank looks nice. The one thing I would do is to remove some of the gravel in the front left corner. I think, if the gravel was to keep the height in the back but slope down to the same level as the rest of your substrate in the front, that might improve the look.
Hahahah, that was I was saying in my previous reply ... I will move the gravel away from the front and stay on the back ..so there is more space for the carpet plant :) .. anyways ty for the compliment.. I will rescape in June... I need my Val to have at least two baby vals.. if you know what I mean
JLAquatics said:
Personally, I think this is a great start with your tank and I see no need to redo the whole thing at all! Your stock won't appreciate it either when rescaping unless you have a temporary holding tank for them. I personally think that this aquarium has the makings for a great triangle aquascape setup utilizing your awesome forest technique! I am a little busy right now, but feel free to pm me if you would like any aquascape tips, I should be available tonight to help. Happy scaping! ;)
PS: I also just noticed you have a little sketch of a new design, it looks great!
Thankyou very much! I will def. going to pm if I'm not busy too. It was late night when I post this and it was my only free time.
 
Patman0519
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Chiasmodon said:
:( I'm bad in aquascaping.. I could not do anything at all.. Look what I did to my aquarium.. it looks like dead.. even though it has a lot of plants.. I want something lively.. :( can someone help me? like where should I position my plants and my decoration (I only a few rocks and planning to get more).
IMG_20210509_005943.jpg

IMG_20210509_005901.jpg
You are being a tad critical of yourself...your tank looks slick a snot.
 

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