How To Aquascape A Big Tank

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it's only a matter of a couple days before I get my 75gal! now.. the big obstacle is getting the thing aquascaped.

so, here's the plan for the whole tank so far..

· marineland ensamble
tank + light + stand
18"L, 48"W, 21"H
· 2 marineland penguin 350 HOBs
stuff with fluvial ceramic rings/biomax,
fluval foam sponges, poly-fil
· 2 200watt aqueon pro heaters
set at 79F
· black diamond blasting sand
· easy to care for and inexpensive plants
big anubias, java fern, swords, vals
· peaceful community tank
pearl gouramis, rummynose tetras,
RCS, boesemanI rainbows, guppies
potentially harlequin rasboras,
mollies, sterbaI cories
· driftwood centerpiece
spider-like and spread out limbs
· a few dragonstone
· black background

so hopefully that sounds okay, and gives y'all an idea of what I plan it to look like. I would appreciate aquascaping tips, videos, pictures, etc. i've never been the best at decorating, so I need to be tutored. where in the world do I put the plants, where to find the right piece of driftwood, etc.. thank goodness my lfs has a good collection of big plants, wood, and dragonstone, but it's all very pricey.
 

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Go for a walk is there any bodies of water nearby? Lakes rivers
 

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The best advice I can think to give is don't rush it. It toke me around 2 months to decide the placement of my rocks and wood. It's all ways a good idea to plan plant placement beforehand too tbh I'm still not so great at this. Research is key!

A few people who will be worth a look in too are takashI amano, James Findley from the green machine and also george farmer.

Hope this helps!

PS my tank still needs to grow in and a few placement issue I need to address!
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dinosaur act said:
The best advice I can think to give is don't rush it. It toke me around 2 months to decide the placement of my rocks and wood. It's all ways a good idea to plan planted beforehand too tbh I'm not so great at this. Research is key!

A few people who will be worth a look in too are takashI amano, James Findley from the green machine and also george farmer.

Hope this helps!

PS my tank still needs to grow in and a few placement issue I need to address!
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alright, so maybe I could draw out what I want it to look like? I'll make several drafts and post them when I can. thanks for the recommendations



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Go for a walk is there any bodies of water nearby? Lakes rivers
sometime soon I want to go out on a nature hike, so I'll keep that in mind for sure.
 

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alright, so maybe I could draw out what I want it to look like? I'll make several drafts and post them when I can. thanks for the recommendations



sometime soon I want to go out on a nature hike, so I'll keep that in mind for sure.
Everything I have in my pond or fish tank as far as hardscape came from my walks. Driftwood rocks and boulders and some plants. If I were doing another large tank the first thI g would be a focal piece of drift wood or a root.
 

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dinosaur act said:
The best advice I can think to give is don't rush it. It toke me around 2 months to decide the placement of my rocks and wood. It's all ways a good idea to plan planted beforehand too tbh I'm not so great at this. Research is key!

A few people who will be worth a look in too are takashI amano, James Findley from the green machine and also george farmer.

Hope this helps!

PS my tank still needs to grow in and a few placement issue I need to address!
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That looks great! It's going to look amazing more filled in as you said. What type of canister are you running to allow you to attach that lily pipe if I may ask?
 
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Jack B Nimble said:
Everything I have in my pond or fish tank as far as hardscape came from my walks. Driftwood rocks and boulders and some plants.
that's really cool, but I will have to make sure it's okay for me to take stuff first.
 

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I guess so but I'd say a pile of roots in a back lane or a rock beside a river is fair game. It is in Canada anyway lol.

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Aquascaping just comes down to what you like. Don’t like it change it. Nothing’s permanent. Oh and most of your fish choices will eat rcs. I have 0 aquascaping skills but still like my tank .
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My advice is to get big pieces of hardscape and don't be afraid using more hardscape. I see a lot of people not using enough or not getting large enough pieces for their tank size.
 

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Applying the rules of painting and photography will help, after all an aquarium is really a large picture. Rule of thirds, primary and secondary subject, vanishing lines, drawing the eye from one side to the other, complementary colors. etc.

The size of the aquarium really does not matter the scale is just larger.

1. The 150 tall.
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2. 46 bow.
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Jack B Nimble said:
I guess so but I'd say a pile of roots in a back lane or a rock beside a river is fair game. It is in Canada anyway lol.

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I took sand from a beach one time and never felt guiltier. lol.
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Aquascaping just comes down to what you like. Don’t like it change it. Nothing’s permanent. Oh and most of your fish choices will eat rcs. I have 0 aquascaping skills but still like my tank .
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problem is.. I end up changing it too much. and i'm never happy.
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My advice is to get big pieces of hardscape and don't be afraid using more hardscape. I see a lot of people not using enough or not getting large enough pieces for their tank size.
my lfs has some okay sized pieces, but they're 60 a pop and 1 wouldn't fill up that tank. I should probably do what Jack B Nimble said and find some branches of my own in the wild.

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Applying the rules of painting and photography will help, after all an aquarium is really a large picture. Rule of thirds, primary and secondary subject, vanishing lines, drawing the eye from one side to the other, complementary colors. etc.

The size of the aquarium really does not matter the scale is just larger.

1. The 150 tall.
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2. 46 bow.
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3. 44 pent.
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4. 150.
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i'm supposed to know this stuff hahaha, I should be am art geek... gotta rack my brain somemore.

I love all yalls tanks, wish I could say the same about mine, not very confident in it and it's been rearranged countless times.
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firesflightt said:
I love all yalls tanks, wish I could say the same about mine, not very confident in it and it's been rearranged countless times.
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The biggest issue I see in your aquarium is the primary subject (the wood) is dead center. Maybe move it hard left or hard right.
 
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Thunder_o_b said:
The biggest issue I see in your aquarium is the primary subject (the wood) is dead center. Maybe move it hard left or hard right.
gotcha, I'll be onto that.
 

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firesflightt said:
alright, so maybe I could draw out what I want it to look like? I'll make several drafts and post them when I can. thanks for the recommendations
drawing can be a very good place to start especially as it seem you have an idea of how you want it to look. Even if it is just a box whit general shapes or directional lines, it will help! i'm not much of a drawer myself so then I plan a tank I like to have my rocks and wood in front of me and see what I feel looks good. This is a learning process at the end of the day!

below is my tank in progress!

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That looks great! It's going to look amazing more filled in as you said. What type of canister are you running to allow you to attach that lily pipe if I may ask?
thank you =) I am running 2 oase biomaster 600 which have heaters inside the filters. The glass pipes are pretty nice, the intake works as a skimmer which is very handy! The pipes are the 'aquascaper glass pipework set' by EA evolution aqua.
 
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here's the first draft.. sloppy I know
i'm really liking the wood at the far right.
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I was contemplating some thing like this when I was doing my tank! this sort of style is based off a U shape, whit some thing like this I would choose a 'centre point' and then make every thing go to that point in a sense. what you want to try and do is create a sense of depth, using smaller rocks and small bits of wood around your main pieces will help to achieve this.

Was you planing on using soil or any thing like that for this tank?

For your wood id recommend using some java fern, I am using micro and trident in mine should gives a very full feel once grown in! maybe some larger crypts might be an idea in the back too.

heres a link too which should hopefully visual explain it a bit better, the 1st, 4th and 5th tanks on this page.



and a bad drawing of my own he he,
hope this has helped!

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dinosaur act said:
I was contemplating some thing like this when I was doing my tank! this sort of style is based off a U shape, whit some thing like this I would choose a 'centre point' and then make every thing go to that point in a sense. what you want to try and do is create a sense of depth, using smaller rocks and small bits of wood around your main pieces will help to achieve this.

Was you planing on using soil or any thing like that for this tank?

For your wood id recommend using some java fern, I am using micro and trident in mine should gives a very full feel once grown in! maybe some larger crypts might be an idea in the back too.

heres a link too which should hopefully visual explain it a bit better, the 1st, 4th and 5th tanks on this page.



and a bad drawing of my own he he,
hope this has helped!

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so I want to make the wood the main focus, and I do this by doing the U shape, right? I could maybe put some bits of dragonstone around the wood. wood in front, shorter foreground plants, then rocks, then background plants, right? I still want the wood to be to the right, but maybe I could move it slightly closer to the center.

sorry if I sound noob-ish. i'm trying to understand, but i'm all new to this lol. no plans for soil.
 
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alrighty, still no 75gal yet. I said "a couple days" but it turns out I'll wait until school gets out, so I won't be as busy.
for the aquascape on the 75, i'm still indecisive if I want to do a concave or convex shape. either driftwood on both sides to create the concave shape, or the driftwood near the center for a convex shape.

I just did a quick illustration for my 20gal high that I desperately need to revamp. this one will have the triangle shape.
 

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