75G – New Aquascape!

December 5th, 2008

I guess you could say that the Aquatic Gardener’s Association Convention last month inspired me to work on my tanks. After setting up my 50G, and moving my 40G, it was finally time to rescape my 75G aquarium. I usually don’t do a whole lot of planning prior to starting a new aquascape. Usually, I just pick the materials I want to use, and kind of fit them together, trying different combinations, until something clicks. Well, this time, I decided to try something new.

Hardscape Plannig

The day prior to the rescape, I pulled out my porous mossy rock and African bogwood, and began working on a hardscape on the floor. Eventually, I decided that I wanted an archway, slightly off-center, with piles of rocks around it. Then, the next day, when it was time to rescape, it was simple to transplant the hardscape into the tank.

75G Hardscape

Obviously, once in the aquarium, I made a few adjustments, spreading out the hardscape, and adding a few extra pieces of rocks and wood to fill it out. I also knew that Narrow leaf Java Fern would feature prominently in this aquascape, after receiving a huge amount of it from a very generous GWAPA member. (BB, thank you so much!) Microsorum pteropus is a wonderful plant to use to fill in the gaps between pieces of the hardscape, making the whole thing look like more than a pile of rocks and wood.

Narrow Leaf Java Fern

After quite a bit of planting, I finished the aquascape. A lot of growing needs to happen, and actually, I still need to plant the foreground, but otherwise, I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out. Of course, I’ve spent a number of hours staring at it, so I’m sure I see things a little bit differently than a fresh set of eyes.

75G - New Aquascape!

So, with that in mind, I’d love to hear your comments and critiques!

5 Responses to “75G – New Aquascape!”

  1. Rami Says:

    I love the natural-looking archway design. 🙂

    Maybe you should put a smaller piece of similar bogwood in the foreground on the bottom left, to compliment the larger arch of the bigger piece on the right?

  2. guitarfish Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Rami. There actually is a little arch on the left side, but it’s hard to see in this picture because of the cloudy water. It’s not in the foreground though. I’ll have to play around with that, as I don’t have much space left in the foreground, as the hardscape comes up pretty close to the glass…

  3. jeffry r. johnston Says:

    It look fantastic. I’m becoming more and more convinced that my next aquarium will be a freshwater planted tank.

  4. Max Says:

    I’m not sure if you are still on this post, but your tank is wonderful. I’m trying to find those porous mossy rock here in Tucson AZ, but I don’t know where, besides the LFS, which they sell similar ones for a lot of money.

  5. guitarfish Says:

    Thanks Max! If you can’t locate “porous mossy rock,” try asking a rockyard/landscape shop if they have any basalt. I believe that’s what the rock actually is.

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