Thank you for the critique! It's basically a buce collectoritis tank The empty gap halfway up is a hollow in the wood, I tried growing some Java fern there, but securing it safely became an issue and the light doesn't reach there to make it homogeneous with everything else.I love all the buce, as well and the overall look of the tank is lush and exotic. The only critique I have is that my eye is drawn to the empty gap halfway up the wood (or maybe it is rock, hard to tell in the photo). I’m not sure what I would put there, though, but not more buce, I think.
Is that gap a hollow in the wood hardscape? It probably looks much better in real life…
Thank you!Nice tank. Congratulations! It's full of life.
What did you have in mind when you created it? Where you going after a particular look?
I love this. To me, if you have a story in your mind that you want to tell via your aquascape, it makes everything easier as it will dictate all decisions. Too many people set up aquascapes but don't really have a story in mind.My vision for the tank was to have a tree stump that fell into the water, that gave new opportunities for life to flourish. A cycle of life sort of idea, a 'tree of life'.
I completely agree with this assessment, I've been trying to find a way to properly trim all the subwassertang/bucephalandra on the driftwood to show the true shape of the wood.I would focus on highlighting the tree more so that its dimensions are more discernible. Perhaps using plants and/or trimming them in such a way that reinforces its dimensions.
I agree with this as well, I'm thinking of cleaning up the clutter on the bottom left to emphasize the wood more on the right.The weight of the aquascape should be on the right but balanced with items on the left. I would leave more open space on the left. Empty space does add weight sometimes.
The left is definitely manicured, I'm not sure what plant I can place there that will give it the wild look. On the Erio Shiga, for the many places I tried growing it, the 2 spots its planted in now is the only place it'll grow
- The left seems manicured to me. Almost like a curtain or hedge. Make it more natural looking/wild.
- The erio seems misplaced. Maybe move it further to the left to emphasize the beginning of the triangle?
I have since removed the riccia at the top, it was there as a project to see how it'll grow floating. I'm slowly learning how each of these bucephalandra grow and at what speed so eventually I can properly use them in the scape. They grow so damn slow that I'm finally starting to see patterns and ways I can utilize them.
- The riccia (?) at the very top of the tree isn't adding anything and is a little distracting.
- The purple and pink of the Buce in the middle of the tree seems chaotic. Perhaps try to combine them into a more cohesive grouping?
I agree, I think the stems just dont fit in. maybe its their texture or colour, but I would add something less intrusive, like a dark red stem plant, as I think the green of the stems is too much, maybe ludwigia palustrus super red or alternanthera reniekii mini, or some moss stuck to a rock, something to blend the black background to the centrepiece wood.Nice scape!
Personally anything tall on the left takes away from the main wood IMO. So as mentioned sometimes less is more. I would go with something shorter on the left. You might even be able to use the riccia over a rock or some other moss for a mound affect. Just what I see from the pic. It's kinda hard to tell how much space, etc you have with the one close-up pic so my opinion might change with different pictures.
on second thought, that might be to much red in the scape. i think something shorter and dark green. I love the current scape though, the buce, anubius and marselia's textures really work well with each otherI agree, I think the stems just dont fit in. maybe its their texture or colour, but I would add something less intrusive, like a dark red stem plant, as I think the green of the stems is too much, maybe ludwigia palustrus super red or alternanthera reniekii mini, or some moss stuck to a rock, something to blend the black background to the centrepiece wood.