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post Mon, 14 Feb 2005 11:11 pm
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Some updates for the new year.

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post Mon, 14 Feb 2005 11:12 pm
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I've also set up a little shrimp tank. See the last picture. laugh.gif

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post Mon, 14 Feb 2005 11:19 pm
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the discus tank somehow lacks that "punch" feeling. nice but somewhat depth is not there.

the shrimp tank quite unique. the back rock if smaller might be nice. or the larger rock place higher ...
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post Wed, 16 Feb 2005 10:43 pm
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QUOTE(The Matrix @ Mon, 14 Feb 2005 11:19 pm)
the discus tank somehow lacks that "punch" feeling. nice but somewhat depth is not there.

the shrimp tank quite unique. the back rock if smaller might be nice. or the larger rock place higher ...
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unsure.gif Any idea what is lacking for that "punch"? I always find the depth of my tank too short, a bit difficult to play with. Will try to figure out how to go about it. tongue.gif Thanks for the comment.

Actually can't find the stone that I like. So just use what I could find best. Still looking around for one with the right size and shape. smile.gif
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post Thu, 17 Feb 2005 11:57 pm
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QUOTE(infocus @ Sat, 27 Nov 2004 10:09 pm)






Or try this link. smile.gif
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Very nice! I'm in the midst of setting up a cube tank too. BTW, what plants are those in the foreground and what are the bushy greens on the right called?
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post Fri, 18 Feb 2005 2:58 am
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just my 2 cents worth ... less in more in aquascape. It is quite a jungle on the left.

I'll suggest big river stones to decorate your foreground.

I think the main thing is a lack of theme ... however all being said, beauty lies in the beholder, if you are comfortable with it that should be fine.
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post Sat, 19 Feb 2005 1:25 am
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I find the set up beautiful!!!

Will not n have not the artistic 'eye' for a planted tank.
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post Sat, 19 Feb 2005 1:31 pm
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QUOTE(whiteice @ Thu, 17 Feb 2005 11:57 pm)
Very nice! I'm in the midst of setting up a cube tank too. BTW, what plants are those in the foreground and what are the bushy greens on the right called?
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Foreground: APP
Bushy green on the right: Japonica

Show us your picture when ready. Cheers good.gif
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post Sat, 19 Feb 2005 1:32 pm
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QUOTE(jhansolo @ Fri, 18 Feb 2005 2:58 am)
just my 2 cents worth ... less in more in aquascape.  It is quite a jungle on the left.

I'll suggest big river stones to decorate your foreground.

I think the main thing is a lack of theme ... however all being said, beauty lies in the beholder, if you are comfortable with it that should be fine.
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QUOTE(RBT @ Sat, 19 Feb 2005 1:25 am)
I find the set up beautiful!!!

Will not n have not the artistic 'eye' for a planted tank.
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Roger all for the comments. peace.gif
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post Mon, 21 Feb 2005 6:41 pm
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Hi Infocus, nice effort !

However, IMHO, if your aim is to maintain a tropical planted tank, then your group of white discuses are robbing all the well deserved attentions from the viewers, especially when they are moving about, thus distracting the viewers from pay attention to your main theme of your tank. Discus of this size will probably be suitable for larger tanks.

Also, agreed with Jhansolo, your tank lacks a main object/plants which serves a main theme....

Without your permission if you don't mind, I have digitally altered your pictures to exclude those discus and added more red leaves...now see your tank looks different already...

Just my 2 cents worth of opinion....

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post Mon, 21 Feb 2005 10:55 pm
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QUOTE(LASERGUY @ Mon, 21 Feb 2005 6:41 pm)
Hi Infocus, nice effort !

However, IMHO, if your aim is to maintain a tropical planted tank, then your group of white discuses are robbing all the well deserved attentions from the viewers, especially when they are moving about, thus distracting the viewers from pay attention to your main theme of your tank. Discus of this size will probably be suitable for larger tanks.

Also, agreed with Jhansolo, your tank lacks a main object/plants which serves a main theme....

Without your permission if you don't mind, I have digitally altered your pictures to exclude those discus and added more red leaves...now see your tank looks different already...

Just my 2 cents worth of opinion....
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Hi LASERGUY, thanks for taking the trouble to explain in details. A picture says a thousand words. Think you got a point there but it's not possible for me to remove those discus for now. No space for additional tank already. tongue.gif

All along, I thought my tank is bushy enough already. I guess there is still room for the plants to spread further. But I need the space for my discus too. sad.gif So got to strike a balance.

Got plans to upgrade to a bigger tank but it would be 2-3 yrs down the road. Hope by then, my discus will look much smaller to bring out the plants. peace.gif
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post Mon, 21 Feb 2005 10:56 pm
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QUOTE(LASERGUY @ Mon, 21 Feb 2005 6:41 pm)
Without your permission if you don't mind, I have digitally altered your pictures to exclude those discus and added more red leaves...now see your tank looks different already...
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Now that's the punching great layout. good idea to add the higher rock and plant on the left side. hahahaha .... digitally "ghost" out the discus.
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post Mon, 21 Feb 2005 11:04 pm
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QUOTE(infocus @ Mon, 21 Feb 2005 10:55 pm)
Hi LASERGUY, thanks for taking the trouble to explain in details. A picture says a thousand words. Think you got a point there but it's not possible for me to remove those discus for now. No space for additional tank already. tongue.gif

All along, I thought my tank is bushy enough already. I guess there is still room for the plants to spread further. But I need the space for my discus too. sad.gif  So got to strike a balance.

Got plans to upgrade to a bigger tank but it would be 2-3 yrs down the road. Hope by then, my discus will look much smaller to bring out the plants.  peace.gif
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discus is meant for a slightly darker setup. since you got a white base fish, you got a little more headache to balance the color.

space is not really a problem for discus, since you are not about to groom them for other purposes. make use of the behaviour of the discus and enhance the background to give them some shaded space and further brighted the foreground to reduce the big color contrast between the plants and the fishes. Work around the lightings to give u some special effects.
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post Tue, 22 Feb 2005 11:05 am
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Just realised my post is suppose to be less is more.

Laserguy you are a champ in digital art. good.gif
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post Wed, 23 Feb 2005 4:52 pm
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QUOTE(The Matrix @ Mon, 21 Feb 2005 11:04 pm)
discus is meant for a slightly darker setup. since you got a white base fish, you got a little more headache to balance the color.

space is not really a problem for discus, since you are not about to groom them for other purposes. make use of the behaviour of the discus and enhance the background to give them some shaded space and further brighted the foreground to reduce the big color contrast between the plants and the fishes. Work around the lightings to give u some special effects.
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hmm......... unsure.gif thinking.gif I think the white discus blend well with the planted tank. The purpose of getting white ones is to create a zen feel. Discus tend to be slow moving and are graceful when they swim. Discus swimming in a planted aquarium is a sheer beauty. So I don't want them to hide in the shade but wish to see them swim in the foreground instead. smile.gif In that case, space would be a problem as limited space would limit the way they swim to create that special feel in a discus planted aquarium. That is why a bigger tank would be nice to look at as there would be more flexibility as to how the tank could be scape and also ample space to allow the discus to swim gracefully amid the natural background. good_very.gif

However, it would be funny if the discus are in solid yellow or something else. Besides Snow White, Blue Diamond or Heckle discus would look nice in a planted tank. good.gif
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