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cheri_alexander
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Honest opinions please.
« on: January 21, 2012, 09:49:24 PM »

A few days ago I rearranged the main tank. I took out a bridge because the small fish seemed inclined to get stuck in it. I wanted a more natural look as well as a shelter for the big guys. I bought this giant root-thing which is like two feet long, put in some hunks of granite and added more plants. Well...I'm not happy with it. Still doesn't look very natural and I'm debating whether it is too crowded. I was very pleased with the dragon statue when I first bought it but...not sure now. What can I do to make it better? Any ideas? The java ferns in the middle are 6 or 7 seperate plants, should they be spread out more? On the upside the fish seem to like it alot, a bit more active since I did it.

Please ignore the stocking-gravel, somehow mine did not end up looking like cool, funky boulders.  Tongue
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Nossie
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Re: Honest opinions please.
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2012, 04:57:17 AM »

Completely honestly, I think it may be having some placement issues. I think it might look better if you let the ornaments sort of get highest in the middle of the tank. It just seems sort of strange with so much empty space in the middle, and suddenly this tall dragon there in the corner. ow about moving him to the middle, and placing the rocks where he is?

Also, try buying some bigger and taller plants as well, you have a really huge tank, so you need to choose the plants accordingly Smiley Take some that will grow tall, like cryptocorynes (I've posted pictures of those earlier), Anubias and much larger bushes of Java fern. Same rules apply, tallest plants in the center/back, and then you just make them gradually lower in the front and to the sides Smiley
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fantailer
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Re: Honest opinions please.
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2012, 05:52:29 AM »

I think it needs more plants .
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Skwishee
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2012, 06:34:21 AM »

Yeah I'd agree with more plants.... Some nice tall ones.

I can't comment on the stocking gravel as I didn't really notice it at first, it does look like a giant grey rock though  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2012, 06:49:41 PM »

When I saw that your thread was titled "honest opinions" I thought, "that's the place for me!" I happen to be quite an opinionated person so totally off topic but don't get mad at me if I'm too blunt!  Grin

That big root thing in one corner is super awesome; maybe you could try putting that in the middle like how Nossie was saying about making it go higher there?  I personally think it would look even better if you took the dragon out and added some bigger rocks around the root thing!  You could even try putting a bubble stone underneath it for a mystical feel. 

It might also be kind of a fun idea to buy a big tank background with a natural "underwater" look to it...might  add some more green if you don't want to buy any more plants.
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2012, 06:37:13 AM »

opinions, I'm full of em, here we go... I agree with the thoughts presented above it looks a little spread out at the moment, and at least one of the larger objects need to be towards the midlle of the tank.. also consider the foreground, middleground, background when placing your ojects. Another thing you can try is to cluster similar objects together eg: the Dragon and the Chinese ornament (you could even add the giant root to this cluster, predatory creature's lurk around sunken tree's and roots). And one last idea is to think about is one of those background pictures for the tank, they fill in a lot of the spaces for you if its a little spacious to start with. Hope this gives you a few ideas Cheri. Cheers > Ron
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2012, 07:11:06 AM »

I like the root and the dragon where they are! I do like the idea of a bubble stone behind something sounds awesome! Maybe you could get some thing more cave like to put in the middle and put a bubble stone behind that! Some more bigger plants would defo make and improvement you could place some around the root make it fit in more maybe wrap some around it a bit! I agree with ron goldiegirl a background would look awesome! Defiantly one with an underwater theme or if you are going for natural a woodland themed background would look funky!

 If you don't want to buy much more just get a few more plants that are a bit bigger and remember that placement is everything try moving what you have around a bit, take pictures after everytime and see how you like it and how the fish prefer it and if you have the pictures and it was one of the earlier ones that both you and the fish prefered you will know where everything went!
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Re: Honest opinions please.
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2012, 07:24:19 AM »

I would stand the driftwood upright and lean it against the back of the tank, and plant an amazon sword Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2012, 05:16:03 PM »

Thanks for all the input guys. I have been so busy arranging the fantail's tank that I haven't been back to work on this one. Petsmart doesn't have tall plants with the exception of anarchis which usually gets eaten. I think I'll try planting a bunch this time and offer veg to eat everyday so it's able to root. I'll also order some crypto online. I've got to think about the background, I'm not really fond of those photo-backgrounds.
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2012, 08:18:01 PM »

If you don't like those backgrounds could you possibly design your own background?
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2012, 08:55:44 PM »

I might be a little late, but I prefer more gravel in the back so the uneaten food goes towards the front for easier cleaning. I agree that you should have tall plants in the back and smaller plants in the front, for a beautiful aquascape.  Smiley

I hear that (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.) has some good reviews. You should check that place out for some plants.
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Skwishee
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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2012, 05:39:42 AM »

Ah wow those plants in that link are lovely!

I'm trying my luck with some Elodea Densa, my theory is, if I put LOADS in there, there is no way Lucky could eat it all!
But let us know how feeding more veg works out Cheri, I might try that myself.... see if she leaves the plants alone!
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« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2012, 06:00:30 AM »

I like it! I think a couple of taller plants at the back might look good!
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2012, 04:10:47 AM »

You could always just buy a one-colored background, I have a blue one that looks really nice Smiley It brings out the colors of the fish so well! Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2012, 08:37:13 PM »

I have a sunken pirate ship background in my quarantine tank and jus a drawing of a cat and a chick behind my main tank as it looked bare and was all I had, I like it though!  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2012, 03:16:24 PM »

Making your own backgrounds can be fun.   Smiley I use a large sheet of some shiny purple tissue paper (crumpled & taped to the back of the tank to hide equipment).  I got the idea from somebody else on this forum a bit ago...has a lovely effect if consistent. 

sparkly-puffball had a good point: moving a bunch of gravel to the back gives more depth to the tank aesthetically and makes cleaning a bit easier. 
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« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2012, 08:47:38 PM »

I just haven't had time to work on this tank! I was forced to do it in a rush today because the new ranchus didn't have enough swimming space. The root and dragon were only a few inches from the side of the tank and the poor fat ranchus didn't realize they couldn't fit around it. My sister made a new tissue-paper background. I removed the dragon to give more open swimming room. I still like it though and I'm thinking of putting it with a bonsai and a shelf near the tank. I wanted the right side open but not empty so I added a new bubble plate, a low buddha ornament, my small driftwood and a few plants. I took everyones advice with the tall elodea in the middle but it is getting very bare on top  Angry . Haven't had a chance to look online for different plants..I'm hoping to find the other variety of anubis (all I have is nana) as well as some crypts and hornwort. So what do you think now? Any additional opinions?
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« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2012, 04:58:26 AM »

Are the goldfish nibbling at the elodea then?
I found -especially with the cabomba- fish always nibble the tops of plants first Wink

It's starting to come together really nice though Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2012, 07:33:23 AM »

It's starting to look really good! I actually love the background, it works really well!
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« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2012, 04:24:48 AM »

Try finding some more plants really, it looks so spread out for now. Some bigger anubias would probably do the trick, they spread fast and have beautiful leaves! Smiley And if you can find some large, thick bushes of java fern that would help the impression a lot too. Cryptocorynes grow pretty tall, maybe you'd want a few of those in the background?
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« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2012, 05:25:07 AM »

Thats much better! Where did you get the Elodea?
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