Help aqua scaping

  1. M

    Miller22x New Member Member

    Hi everyone I was hoping to get some ideas for my community tank I'm getting ready to set up . It's a 70 gallon and I have the layout minus a few driftwood and stones. Looking for some help or input on plants and such to fill in and help out. Here are some pictures. ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1406774177.097474.jpg ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1406774400.008244.jpg

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  2. Marie1

    Marie1 Well Known Member Member

    It needs a background. Solid black or dark green work best in my opinion.

    Crypts, wisteria, vals, anubias, java ferns are all some of the easier plants to keep. Crypts and anubias both have a lot of varieties.

  3. ppate1977

    ppate1977 Well Known Member Member

    I also like moss. Christmas moss is my favorite. I tend to use fleece blankets as backgrounds to add texture. Here is my tank.

    It's a 55 gallon. Sometimes pictures can give you good ideas.
  4. atc84

    atc84 Well Known Member Member

    The wood on the front right could be placed differently, IMO i think decorations that appear naturally fit better with planted tanks; placing the wood pieces more flat or less angled would look good.

    I'm very picky, but you are on a good path to having a great aquascape!
  5. junebug

    junebug Fishlore Legend Member <-- something you might want to check out, especially the bits about hardscape.

    Hardscape's purpose, aside from providing appropriate hides and holes for your fish, is to create focal points. The focal points can work with your plants to add depth and "life" to the non-fishy parts of your tank. If that were my tank, I'd be looking for a large piece of driftwood to fill it. Preferably a burl with some roots attached. The burl or knot will give you a large focal point which you can highlight with some appropriately placed plants.

    What kind of fish will be in the tank? What kind of lighting do you have and what level of plant maintenance are you aiming for? These will all be deciding factors in what sort of plants would look nice in the tank. If it were me, given that I do only low light or naturally lit tanks, I'd do grassy plants like vals or cyperus helferi in the background and let them grow over the top of the water, possibly mixed with some amazon swords or other large sword plants as backdrop plants. Dwarf sag and stems would make up my midground, with some rosette plants that worked well with my lighting interspersed, and for the foreground, something small and grassy, or a moss. This is my latest favorite among my tanks, because I worked really hard on the aquascape and I think it came out really nice.

    Another fishlore aquascape that might interest you:

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