New to aquascaping - I need a plan!

PK81

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Hi,
This is my first post on the forum and a return to fishkeeping for me. I have a 180L (45 US gallon) bowfront tank which I have been running for 10 years. I have really kept it fish only with just a few plants. However I want to strip it down and try and get it looking like a proper freshwater aquarium! I am going to go down the Tom Barr low tech approach. I am just about to order some fluorite black sand. My lighting is 2 35W T5s.

Aquascaping is not my strong point - I am really not very artisitc . The tanks on here are fantastic. I want my aquascpe to show-off the fish which is my interest. So really need some help and advice on plants and scaping plans. Many thanks.
PK.
 

aaronnorth

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Welcome to UKAPS :)

Take a look at the pinned threads as the top of this aquascaping section - "aquascaping basics part 1, 2 & 3" and also look through some other members tanks although it seems as though you have done. More inspiration can be found here also

viewtopic.php?f=49&t=246

http://www.thegreenmachineonline.com/AD ... index.html

There are different types/ compositions of aquascapes that can be produced, such as iwagumi, jungle, island, triangle, 'U' or 'V' shaped etc.

Is there any specific look you are going for?
 

PK81

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Thank you for the welcome. Again spectacular tanks. I have read the treads as you suggest - putting them into practise is the hard bit. I loved George Farmer's Harlequin Haven from this site. You ask if there anything specific I am looking for. Yes a 'Ground Force' style planting map :lol: !!

I do have a large piece of slate and a couple bits of bogwood which I could place in the right third of the tank (the golden line?). With a black background and black sand the slate will stand out but the bogwood probably not. Maybe I should change this - I am not committed to recycling the bits I already have from my last set-up. I will plant tall along the back and then need to fill in the left side of the tank and the foreground. I suppose its about getting different textures of plant in as well as colour. I would like one red in just to lift it a bit. This is all very vague I know but your help is greatly apreciated.
 

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