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    Question how does this tank look/ways to make it more natural?


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    Hey all,

    Here is my 40gal breeder that I have had for a while now.

    plants not growing is a side issue, but I just can't seem to get the "artistic" touch of making this tank look natural and one of those "wow" tanks.

    Thoughts/feedback on any ways to change this up? or is this good? or who knows...

    rocks are from the local creek bed, and driftwood is from the lfs across town.
    there are 3 drift wood pieces.
    back left of the tank-it is just flat w/ a 5 in "branch"
    sitting on top of that is straightforward to see.
    back right in tank is an L shaped piece but the angle is about 140deg.


    let me know-i'm open to whatever creativity you all have!
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    setup looks good to me.. you just got to get some taller plants for the back or wait till yours grow out bigger.
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    I don't think it looks that bad. We are our critics of our own tanks, seems to me. But if you do not have cichlids, you really don't need that big pile of rocks. I would probably remove them and get more plants in there. It would also allow more swimming area.

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    Looks good to me, only thing to maybe try and do is either , as crispy said, get some plants for the space at the back or get a large long piece of wood to lay across from side to side

    Its certainly better than so many other tanks I've seen!! I mean there's no clown puke gravel, sea anenome decor, blue plants, and galaxy background
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    Looks great to me, my tank looks horrible.

    I still haven't even started decorating yet though.
    I'll try to upload some pics later, I hope to have a planted tank with some rocks similar to yours.

    Overall, you just need some taller plants at the back and it'll be awesome. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    I don't think it looks that bad. We are our critics of our own tanks, seems to me. But if you do not have cichlids, you really don't need that big pile of rocks. I would probably remove them and get more plants in there. It would also allow more swimming area.
    I've thought about that with the rocks, but my bn pleco has made that stack his home. He loves it in there. so he may not be happy with me if I remove that and I dont know where he would make his new home at.
    :/ b

    But I agree, I think the rocks are throwing me off, just not sure what could go there instead. Maybe i'll take one or two rocks, make them kinda vertical, and that'll help clear up that space.



    Thanks for the input everyone. I would love for my swords to grow and make a nice green back of the tank....ive been waiting for them to do that.lol

    So scottishfish....I shouldn't remove the rocks for a big ol wrecked ship with bubbler inside?

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    Nah stay away from that stuff
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    I would get rid of those taller things in the center...even out your substrate in the front. Also anything stacked I would unstack...unless its for african cichlids it really doesnt look natural. Always push your rock/decor slightly into the substrate and just go with what you want. Of course there are those who say your focal point should be 40% here or 60% there and everything should be scaped in a V scale...but really tank scaping is personal preference, have fun with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by mizzoutank
    my bn pleco has made that stack his home.
    I have thin slate leaning against the glass behind my plants. It makes good hiding spots without taking up swimming space for the others.

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    How about you remove 2or 3 of the stacked rocks, lay the colums flat on their side under the bottom rock. That way your bn still has a safe home and the colums become functional. Otherwise tank looks good. Be patient with the plants. Like Cliff says "only bad things happen fast"
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