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Raul-7
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PostPosted: 2003.03.16(Sun)12:45    Post subject: Blueprints on how to aquascape aquariums? Reply with quote

I just need blueprints for the aquascaping of many types of aquariums, and the layouts (where to put all the decorations)...?! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 2003.03.16(Sun)22:24    Post subject: Try here, some have plans of the design Reply with quote

http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/
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PostPosted: 2003.03.17(Mon)21:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would suggest visiting your local library....I got great ideas from mine! There were great books with everything from natural habitats with suitable fishies, to fun designs inwolving whisks and hamster tubes! Many books contain a photo of the tank and then a labelled diagram with all the plants / decos. Some even go to depths of saying "get a piece of driftwood 13 inches long, 4 inches wide, and 2 inches tall!"

One great book for natural stuff (biotopes etc.) is Creating A Natural Aquarium. Sorry, don't know the author or publisher off the top of my head. It is recently published, though.
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PostPosted: 2003.03.19(Wed)13:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that if you stick to a simple plan and let your imagination take over, you will be pleasantly surprised. I generally use one of 3 methods of design to start.

One is to have a slightly off center centerpiece. Pehaps a rock, a peice of driftwood, or a tall broadleaf plant. Then I will slope the rest of the plants and maybe smaller pieces of driftwood away from it in descending sizes towards the sides.

Another starting point is to use 2 triangles in opposite rear corners of the tank. One will start off much higher than the other and slope downward toward and beyond the center of the tank. The other triangle will start off smaller in height and also slope toward the center of the tank. This provides the off center focal point and different heights at either end for visual interest.

The third starting point would be to use a you (or horseshoe)shape design. This design would slope from back to front with the taller plants and decorations in the rear. It would also slope from the sides to the center. It makes an interesting half bowl sort of design.

All these designs leave an open space at or around the front center of the tank. The fish are easily seen there and the rest of the cover makes them feel secure enough to venture out for your viewing pleasure. The type of plants you use will depend on how much light you are able tp provide in order to grow them. You can even achieve interesting results with no plant using rocks and driftwood. The possibilities are almost endless. Have fun and don't worry, you can always change it around whenever you want.
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PostPosted: 2003.04.01(Tue)14:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

John -

Those were interesting tips that I will keep in mind while helping a friend aquascape his 75 gallon aquarium.

I have a 35 hex tank (23x20x24), which as proven more of a challenge to aquascape. Do you have any suggestions as how to take this challenge on? I have an interesting aquascape setup now, but I tend to like change and I would enjoy any ideas you or anyone else reading this post may have. Right now I have 3 tall artifical plants towards the back, and then 2 shorter plants on either side of the tank, which cascade toward the front. In the center, I have piece of driftwood that is curved and is half as high as my taller back plants. In front of the driftwood, I have larger 'river rocks' scattered in the foreground.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: 2003.04.02(Wed)18:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this not to long ago and it is a great resourse for aquascaping.
http://aquabotanicwetthumb.infopop.cc/6/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=4006090712&f=5196060812&m=3876034022

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PostPosted: 2003.04.15(Tue)20:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skysong wrote:
I would suggest visiting your local library....I got great ideas from mine! There were great books with everything from natural habitats with suitable fishies, to fun designs inwolving whisks and hamster tubes! Many books contain a photo of the tank and then a labelled diagram with all the plants / decos. Some even go to depths of saying "get a piece of driftwood 13 inches long, 4 inches wide, and 2 inches tall!"

One great book for natural stuff (biotopes etc.) is Creating A Natural Aquarium. Sorry, don't know the author or publisher off the top of my head. It is recently published, though.
That book is by Peter Hiscock and is listed on www.amazon.com for $10.47(you.S.)
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