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View Poll Results: Which level of planting looks best?

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  • The tank looks best with dense plants

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  • The tank looks best with light plants

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  • somewhere in between the two pictures would be best

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    Default Densly planted or lightly planted?


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    When I first set up my planted tank it looked like this:


    Since then the plants have really grown in. I've done some pruning but not really a lot. Now it looks like this.


    I'm very pleased with how well all the plants have grown in, but at the same time it looked very clean and open with fewer plants too. So, I figured I'd get some additional opinions.
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    I was torn because I naturally light tons of plants. However, I think you should rescape it some. The tall plants in the front kind of overpower the look of the tank. I'd love those to the back, and put some shorter plants in the front - to add some dimension to the tank. Just my $0.02 though!! :)

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    Hm.. I really like the way the plants have grown in on your cave- which I also love, by the way- but maybe you could trim up/remove some of the tall ones in the middle? (Sorry, not good with names. Are they vals?) And maybe give the ones on the cave a bit of a trim, too. Other than that, I think it looks wonderful!

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    More plants the more resistant to fluctuations in levels of dissolved organics. Tank like the second, I'd doubt you'd see over a couple PPM of Nitrate if that. Second tank looks like a rock solid stable one. Wish more people invested in planting their tanks.

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    I am somewhat jealous of your vals. I love the look of a densely planted tank. I think you would like it more if you did a rescape like some others suggested and move your vals to the back more.
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    I personally love a densely planted tank and if your tank was mine, not saying you have to do this, but I would split the Jungle Val 50/50 on the left back corner and on the left side of the Java Fern Mountain. I would probably go with some Crypts like Crypt Parva (because it stays small) or some Dwarf Sag. But then again, just my
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    Hm. Its not the number of plants that seem off to your eye in the second pic, BRhino. Its the placement of them.

    Shift the vals all the way to the back and a scatter a few to one side.

    The hardscape may need to be shifted / altered as well. You have two strong focal points and the eye tries to go to both at the same time.

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    the only thing i would thin out would be those tall corkscrews (?) in the middle
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    I'd move the vals to the back wall or back corners as well and open up some swimming/viewing space in the middle. Not sure you need that pile of rocks since that isn't a mbuna tank.

    I can't say as I like dense either. Click on my photo in my avatar and you'll see a dense tank and their isn't a thing attractive about it. It's a mess with too many plants and not even room for the fish. I should say "used to be" until I ripped half of them out.
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    I'm with the moving of the vals crowd. I do like it lush but its almost at the point now where you have a wall of plants in the front center.

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