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Old 08-13-2008, 04:25 PM   #1
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Plants are doing well, maybe too well!

Anyone have any ideas on making this aquascape look better?
I have been using Co2 and my plants have really taken off. I have been pruning to keep up appearance but think it could definitely look better

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Old 08-13-2008, 05:23 PM   #2
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Very healthy looking. I'd suggest some more reds somewhere. L. Aromatica, P. Stellata, R. Macranda, etc.
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:05 PM   #3
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Looks like there is some L. aromatica in there, it's lost it's lower leaves so I'm thinking that it may not have quite enough light.

I'd try to get that grassy plant in the foreground to spread a bit more and create a nice carpet. I like the looks of the Hydrocotyl that you have in the front corners but I was never able to get it to fit into a scape very well. Maybe another bunch of stem plants with a different leaf shape in the back right corner (R. rotundifolia comes to mind, or maybe Lobelia cardinalis), and remove the Hydrocotyl from the right front corner?

Just suggestions, but you're definitely on the right track and your plants look great.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:26 AM   #4
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Thanks guys for your input. I really appreciate it! I'll see what I can do - our fish store is somewhat limited so it takes some time to get in any requests-lol.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:28 PM   #5
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If you figure out some plants you'd like to try, post in the classifieds or barter/trade with the plants you'd like and I'm sure there will be folks willing to send you some clippings. Or, try Aquabid, there are lots of plants available there, many folks here (me included) particularly like the seller Lowcoaster.
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:53 AM   #6
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plants look great i would pic a basic style that you want concave convex or triangle and work with them plants then add more as you need them
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:04 AM   #7
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maybe a bit more hardscape. a few large river rocks possibly.
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maybe a bit more hardscape. a few large river rocks possibly.
I agree with all who have posted so far and also suggest a rock or three (odd numbers seem more natural) I like the looks of rocks at the base of larger plants...as though they are sprouting out of a pile of them, it seems to soften the line from the plant to the substrate.

Overall I think it looks great. Some more color and maybe a larger leaf shape would be all I could think to add beyond a bit more hardscape.

Nice work!
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could add some more fish for more color.
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