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Old 09-10-2003, 12:31 AM   #11
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Ok I was thinking the same as Kevin.. I have rearranged the layout.. Kevin Can you please tell me what you think now? or any suggestions please feel free to make.

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Old 09-10-2003, 01:06 AM   #12
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I think it looks MUCH better now. Good job. Looks great!

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Old 09-10-2003, 05:44 AM   #13
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I agree it looks more stable...but I have a feeling your not quite happy with it

First rule of aquascaping...HAVE FUN!! Consider doing something different than "the" wall, perhaps two islands ina spur and grove formation...or a single coral bommie, at any rate be as creative as you want, but don't sacrifice stability for creativity.

Make sure the rock is in a loose arrangeent that allows for good water flow, this doe not mean loose as in unstable, simply that it is not so packed together that water can't flow through and around it.

Keep in mind the perfect aquascaping will ot necessarily come overnight, it may take a caouple weeks (or more of tinkering_ to get it just right.

All that said, here is a little constructive critisism of the new look. I would not have the rock sitting on the glass, in either the back or the sides, this makes it difficult to clean around as well as hinders water flow.

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IMO the second attempt looks better to me aswell. Of course its not my tank to look at day in and day out so aquascape to where you like its appearnace but dont sacrafice stability for apperance. A heavy rock toppling on the glass can leave you with a very wet floor.
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Old 09-10-2003, 11:01 AM   #15
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It does look good, but I also agree with kevin and troutman. In my experience with stacking rocks is that, if they are just perched ontop of one another they will eventually fall or get knocked off. The sand settles, and fish and especially turbo snails will knock them over.

You might want to have a deeper sand bed, so as to anchor some rocks, and to help with NNR.

If I were you, I would look in as many ocean photography books as I could get my hands on, and try to duplicate a reef structure that exists naturally in the ocean.

Just my little two cents here but, I personally think that a tank with a center focal point is most aesthetically pleasing than a straight "brick" wall approach..Like a "peak" in the middle, so there is no one level the same. Also I would paint the back of the glass or put a solid backing on it

It looks good though bro...you are definitaly doin' it up right!
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looks better, but like said keep the rock off the glass, give yourself room to clean the glass all the way around. i personaly let the coralline cover the back.. at least the 2 sides and front. the magnet is my best friend. is'nt this just fun
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Old 09-10-2003, 01:40 PM   #17
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Ahh this looks alot better (in my oppinion and for my taste). How do you like it?
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Can I be wishy washy?

I do like the open-ness of it - lots of room for water movement, plenty of space for fish to swim.

OTOH, I don't think it looks "natural", IMO - you wouldn't see a natural coral reef with rocks precariously stacked like that. Personally, I like to try to keep my tank as natural looking as possible - some ppl don't. Also, I'd question the stability, as RR mentioned.

Anyway, I do like it better than the "wall of solid rock" look.

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James, to me it is all personal preference but I prefer to go for the natural look and to me your set up looks more like a human inspired masterpiece. On the up side looks like the fish have plenty of cool obstacles. If you are happy with it by all means keep it the way it is.
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first let me say that this was very hard for me too. i kept changing it around until i felt like i didn't want to anymore, if that makes sense. that's when i knew i was done. here's my 2 cents for what it's worth. it's hard to tell from the picture but it looks like it lacks depth. what i mean is, make the bottom row curve around and then the second row could sit a little further back on the first. then try turning some of the smaller rocks vertically or at a wierd angle so they make little caves. i also agree with the other person who wrote about the peaks and the background. try like two towers at the ends or one in the middle and the background will make a huge difference. one last sugesstion, i actually did this myself, after i rearranged my fiji i decided to get a few pieces of another kind of rock. i got some tonga branches that look really nice against the "boulders". haiti rock is nice too, and the "branchy" pieces aren't as heavy so they aren't that expensive depending on how much you get. i got the idea you were looking for some technical advice, so i hope this helps. good luck!

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