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katienaha
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PostPosted: 2010.08.22(Sun)18:15    Post subject: Reply with quote



I have attempted to colour-coordinate the rock movements. I also used 2 of the rocks that lie in front of the tank.

Also I think that some tall plants just around the base of the "tree" will not hide its height, but accentuate it, especially if you leave the rest of the tank un-planted, leaving lots of sand open for the corys. Also the branches coming off the tree, if left bare, will show the viewer what a fantastic piece of wood it is!

The yellow X is the first one that bothered me that I would want to move. It really feels out of place at the corner there, and I think it needs to carry the attention to the back of the tank, and then by creating a cluster at the back corner, that part of the tank doesn't get forgotten.

Where the red X is, I can see that being a nice hiding spot for a timid cory. maybe tuck a plant around that spot and it would make a nice "cave". It would look nicer up front surrounded by some short plants. (even hc would look cool)

That's my take on it!
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PostPosted: 2010.08.22(Sun)22:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions. Very Happy I find that once I stare at it long enough it becomes very hard to distinguish whether it looks good or not...

Played with it a little - how are these?

1.


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4.


5.


Reckon it's between 4 & 5. I actually like that little clump of rocks in the back corner now that it's been suggested! Not sure which way the stepping stones should go though, leaning towards to the back but I'll change my mind if enough people think it'd be best coming towards the front.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.23(Mon)2:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the last one. But is the driftwood going to be in the sand? That bottom part may me covered in sand or at least partially.
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katienaha
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PostPosted: 2010.08.23(Mon)3:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like #1 best, if the larger rock at the back right of the tank (near what I will from now on call "the cave") is moved towards the corner a little more. Say, move it halfway between the wood and the corner.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.23(Mon)4:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like three and five the most... five probably the most of all.

I second Caton's question - is the driftwood going to be sitting on top of the sand, or is it getting snuggled (hehe sounds cozy) into the sand?

I like leaving open areas in the front of the tank vs the back of the tank, because I feel like it makes the tank feel more balanced.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.23(Mon)9:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a fan of 4. I like 5 also - maybe a mix between the two? Very Happy
I am very excited to see how your project turns out. Good luck!
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unissuh
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PostPosted: 2010.08.23(Mon)10:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Driftwood will be in the sand so the rocks will appear higher than they currently are. I don't think the sand will obscure any of the roots, purposely left enough wood underneath so that they will be visible. If you look closely I've drawn little black lines on the wood where the sand level will probably end up - should've probably used pencil. Embarassed

Looks like the majority vote goes with 5. Very Happy I might tweak the placement a bit more but will probably stick with that general layout.

katienaha wrote:
I like #1 best, if the larger rock at the back right of the tank (near what I will from now on call "the cave") is moved towards the corner a little more. Say, move it halfway between the wood and the corner.


That one was put there as I thought it was a bit strange the root was curving without a clear obstacle - if I try putting a single rock in the middle of that space or in the corner it starts looking a bit unnatural (IMO). Unfortunately can't fit a clump of rocks in the corner and one against the root without it looking cramped so it will have to be one or the other...
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DaleJr
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PostPosted: 2010.08.23(Mon)23:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about getting some rocks your can STAND UP....maybe in a circular pattern?
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PostPosted: 2010.08.24(Tue)2:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaleJr wrote:
What about getting some rocks your can STAND UP....maybe in a circular pattern?


stonehenge! that'll mess up some peoples heads.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.24(Tue)20:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did try stacking rocks to make taller formations but I don't think I have the right kind of rocks to do that. I originally tried to surround the base of the tree with rocks but gave up as making space for the roots was too hard to do without it looking strange.

Lights work now:





Just waiting for the sand to arrive before I fill 'er up and plant. Very Happy
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