I don’t like my tank

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Why don’t I like it? Is it really bad or just me? I’m having a poor mental health day but I spent ages on the scape and still hate it. Advice to improve welcome.



I’ve loved it up until today I don’t know what’s happened.

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Reply #1

I dont think you need to worry, the scape looks good! I sympathise though as i am forever tinkering (or at least wanting to tinker) with my scape - there are always so many possibilities.

If i were to offer one idea (as i like 'depth' on scapes) is the piece that stands upright in the middle (looks like a single branch but clearly might be a bigger bit!), possibly lie it down coming towards the front of the tank (would form a sort of 'T' or 'Y' shape if looked on from above).

As i said at the start though i really dont think you need to change anything unless you really feel the need!

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Reply #2

I like it 🙂 need more coral though! 😉

I think @mightyhatter 's suggestion to create a bit more depth is good.   8D
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Reply #3

We all have those days , lol
I’ve changed mine around a few times . I even had floating rocks in it as an idea to start with .
That’s the beauty of the Tank .
It’s our own bit of the sea that we can add to and change around when we think I need to do something else or rearrange slightly .
Nowt wrong with what you have so far .
Maybe go online and google marine Tanks then click on images and have a look at what other people have done with theirs for some inspiration to add to yours ,
As mentioned move a bit of rock around or rearrange all of it ,
The choices are endless to create something that says wow to you ,
Rome wasn’t built in a day as they say and naturally a reef takes ages to grow .
We all here if you need any help or advice though .
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Reply #4

You could create something in the centre instead of at the back so fish can swim all around it ,
Just an idea .
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Reply #5

For example , as an idea to what you can achieve.
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Reply #6

Sometimes less is more too ,
So that’s something to take into consideration too ,
Just because you might have a tall Tank doesn’t always mean you have to stack tall .
You can also buy frag stands that fit to the side of the tank glass via suction and some magnetic to add a bit of height with corals and you can place them anywhere you like .
As I say just a few suggestions to consider .
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Or instead of one big rock create two stands in the tank to benefit two different ideas but in the same Tank .
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Here’s another for twin peaks lol
End of the day it’s you’re tank but we all help .
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Reply #9

For me, and bear in mind I have a different idea as to what looks good to other people, when I look at that first tank shot my eye is immediately drawn to the mag scraper and the weir wall, mainly due to the fact the scraper is white on a dark background and the weir is a bright blue again against a darker background.


I wouldn't and dont leave my scrapers or glass cleaners in the tank, at all. I'm convinced that they will eventually rust and leach something into the tank.


I would also really love to cover that weir in as much rock as possible, yes this means that essentially you will have a central column of rock around your filtration but that means that the sandbed is opened up more, I would then go the further step of hiding the equipment behind or around this rock wall/column as these also attract my eye. Alternatively i would try and encourage coralline algae growth on the blue plastic and scrape everywhere else. You can do this a couple of easy ways (NOT CORALINE IN A BOTTLE) next time you're at a LFS look for some snails that have this growth on their shells, once acclimatised to your tank scrape the shells in the tank water to release the coralline spores, this will then encourage growth in your tank.


I really like the last shot showing a sloping sandbed, if you could recreate that on the other side of the tank (leave that rock in as an outcropping at the front on that side) i think that it would help add depth to the front viewing angle and more interest to the side viewing too.


So other than those, what is it that you dont like about the tank? Lack of movement? Colour?   

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Reply #10

I could entitle this post lessons from my first marine scape or something… my learnings have been to ensure there’s lots of horizontal surfaces for putting corals on to, also not to build the rockwork too high ( that one surprised me but I did as others have suggested and googled others tanks, saved the ones I liked, then looked through them for themes etc and low rockwork was a commonality ). I’d definately recommend that approach to finding what you like from what others have done by saving them then ‘analysing’ your choices. 

I have also come to believe  that freshwater aquascaping priciples don’t really apply in the marine world… but I must admit I haven’t found a marine alternative set of rules

If I was to do anything with your scape personally I would bring the bottom of the main structure forwards towards the front glass so there is more of a slope up towards the back top ( I hope that makes sense!!), but bear in mind also that once it’s full of corals etc it will look totally different so in some ways - don’t worry about it just yet!
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Reply #11

Thank you everyone :) I believe I was just all in my head that day and not seeing right, the next day I thought it wasn’t too bad.
I’m glad I made this post as you’ve all had really cool info to share so thank you


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