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    So its a pretty simple question, do you all like my tank planted or unplanted?

    First picture is my TOTM winner from last month I think, or maybe the month before, can't quite remember.


    Second is my tank tonight, I was fed up of all the plants getting messy looking, I also wanted to reduce maintenance. I need a black background and my 'bare river' look will be complete, so bear that in mind.



    So let me know whatcha think

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    Allowing for a new black background, I think you could really go either way. I'm digging the bare look, but if you wanted plants their color would look much more vibrant against a black background.
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    They both a really nice natural look which I have always liked in any tank

    If I had to choose just one, I would pic the planted tank as looking a little better, but that is only because that I my preferance.

    You'll just have to pick the one that suits you best and that you enjoy more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A hardcore Cricket fan
    So its a pretty simple question, do you all like my tank planted or unplanted?
    Generally, I prefer planted but wrt this tank...

    It's good both ways Scotti but I do like the visual balance a bit better in the planted version.

    The 'river edition' looks very authentic IMO though, Nice job dude.
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    cheers so far guys, the black background will really enhance it I think. ALso I am thinking of really boosting the serpae numbers so I have a vibrant red school cruising about to contrast the dark colours
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    Indeed, Set your boost to "Serpae"!
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    I really like it and prefer it over the planted version.

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottishFish

    Second is my tank tonight, I was fed up of all the plants getting messy looking, I also wanted to reduce maintenance. I need a black background and my 'bare river' look will be complete, so bear that in mind.

    So let me know whatcha think

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    Both look nice, but I like the planted one best. With a black background, vibrant plants will really stand out. Even if they get a bit ragged, they can be trimmed a bit, and the wilder look would enhance the overall naturalness -- the natural ambiance of the aquatic environment. In nature, plants aren't neatly trimmed. While you wouldn't want them to grow so wild they take over everything, letting them go a bit longer will cut down on the frequency of maintenance and could produce an effect you might find appealing.

    It's up to you, though. If you prefer a more manicured tank with less work, go with the barer look.

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    i like the wood lay out in the 2nd pic.

    i think if you where to keep that part and add your plants it would be sweet

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    Hmmm for the cichlid and the serpae I think the bare tank looks and works best. For the killies however i like the planted version. I wouldnt mind a few more plants either.
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