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Looking for some advice

Discussion in 'General Reefkeeping Discussion' started by Chris_W, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. Chris_W

    Chris_W Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I finished my new tank about a month ago, but am not thrilled with my scape.

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

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  2. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    In the spirit of being helpful, not judgey and mean.....As is, when I look at it I see three rock piles in a row. I see a nice cave to the right side, but not too much other than a pile in the center and left. All 3 piles sort of look like they run near the back wall, but maybe more or less in a straight line.

    What about moving the middle pile towards the front of the tank, which gets rid of the 3 in a row look. If you have any long flat pieces maybe you could make a bridge to the middle pile from the left side? Something like that. Maybe add in a little more height to one of the side piles, to get rid of the 2 larger piles looking essentially the same.

    Here is a picture I like to keep in mind that illustrates the rule of 1/3's and composition. I think it helps me visualize the layout a little better.
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    Just ideas, I am by no means an expert. I like the overall look of the tank, how long is it? Looks like a 7 or 8 footer in the pics!
     
  3. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    This page seems pretty helpful in explaining the composition side of things, it looks like it is coming from the freshwater planted side of things, but I think the concepts apply to the reef as well. Try to imagine how your SPS might grow out as well, that might help the long term look...

    https://www.fish-etc.com/aquascaping-main/how-to-hardscape-your-aquarium
     
  4. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Huge thread on r2r also on this but everything said is completely true. Power of 3rds
     
  5. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Plus one on the scape! I actually teach that design stuff, it's very old school but rings true. Asymmetrical balance, variety... are two words that come to mind.

    The three piles idea is a good one. Your stand is cool too... where is the equipment? I'd love to hear more about the system.


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  6. Chris_W

    Chris_W Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks everyone. I've ben looking through the thread on r2r for a few days. Tons of info, ideas and opinions there. Thoughts I'd throw it out to a smaller group and see.

    It's a 96x30x24 with all equipment is in the basement.

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  7. Chris_W

    Chris_W Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Funny part on the first comment, the center pile is about 6" closer to the front than the other two. The length of the tank is playing visual tricks on the front to back depth.

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  8. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I started to think that's what I was seeing in the second photo you posted. I was thinking right up close to the front glass, or just close enough to get a scrapper or mag-float by for cleaning.
     
  9. halmus

    halmus Prawn

    If you're looking for more information, search the interwebs for "aesthetics of aquascaping". There's a three part series. It covers a lot of the topics already mentioned but also goes into coral placement to maximize color.

    Good luck! Aquascaping has to be the hardest part of he build for me.
     
  10. Chris_W

    Chris_W Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Read through a bunch of threads, and the aesthetics of aquascaping recommendation.

    Here's attempt 1, going to keep tweaking.

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  11. jda123

    jda123 Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    The piles are fine. Your fish will love your for them.

    The idea is to cover every inch of rock with colonies and stuff so that you cannot see the rocks anymore. People who sweat their rocks too much are not thinking about the future. Take a look at some of the TOTMs and spend a minute to even try and figure out where the rocks are below the corals.
     
  12. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    I like 2 better
     
  13. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I like the 2 piles better, I actually think it looks really good!
     
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  14. Chris_W

    Chris_W Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks. I'm liking the 2 island look better as well. The open space in the middle is giving the fish an area to School together a bit.

    Might try to tweak the big monti to angle down a bit for better viewing.

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  15. Chris_W

    Chris_W Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I appreciate all the feedback and references to scaping pages. They helped significantly when trying to plan the adjustments!

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  16. kane4fire

    kane4fire Copepod

    2 are much better. Hopefully most of the rocks will be covered one day anyway. The fishes do like caves to hide in sometimes though
     
  17. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looks much better. Now grow some big colonies on it ;) the corals will fill in the details
     
  18. Chris_W

    Chris_W Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Haha, Yeah, working on it. The only bad part about upgrading to a tank this size is my larger corals now look like frags...
     
  19. crisc

    crisc Cuttle Fish Platinum Sponsor M.A.S.C Club Member

    I think you need some shevles in there, maybe some real reef rock shelves? One big thing about aquascaping is that you are happy with it! looking at it everyday is tough if you don't like what you are seeing. If you like it, its good!
     

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