Aqua-Scaping: is it worth the effort

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  1. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    so while i have been building my new tank and thinking about how i am going to scape a 3 side viewable SPS reef i thought to my self, is it worth the effort???

    my view is a pile of rocks with good flow through it would suffice since the ultimate goal is to have your corals grow crazy and cover everything
     
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    For me aquascaping is crucial.

    1: You need good places for fish and inverts to hide

    2: You want it to look natural and also have enough flow around the structure so no debris build up over time

    3: You need to look beforehand what types of corals can be placed on the structure

    But i like open scapes alot. and i spend alot of time getting it perfectly the way i want..

    I guess it comes down to personel prefrence.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    while i agree with all your points, what i mean is that ultimately we plan to place the rock in such a manner to look good and after a while it will get covered in corals etc, well thats the goal i suppose unless its a FOWLR
     
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    It is, to be honest ive seen alot of tanks in the starting phase and think ugg its ugly then 1 year later than same tank is Tank of the Month becasue the corals grew so big and healthy and the tank looks amazing
     
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    i cant wait to wet my zeovit tank:)
     
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    even a reef in the sky started bland and now look at it
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    while the famous bonsai tank looks awesome, is it really natural looking?? cant ever remember seeing a reef like that :p
     
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    nope thats unique not Natural hehe :)
     
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    the key is natural, so obvious human traits should not be visible.
    Like a wall structure. Or rock placed is such a way that the tank is halved in two sides 50-50.

    There was another thread recently where the author tried to explain the 3/8 and 5/8 layout. Even in gardening, it is better to not use human natural method of dividing everything 50-50.
     
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    i agree...
    well i am planning to small islands and a flat wall on the one and only non-viewable pane, kind of like a drop off
     
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    if you can get a good dropoff it will look awsome. when the water going in ?
     
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    This week, just waiting for new sump
     
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    if you get the right rock you can make a simple clup of rocks look very natural.. i think the biggest thing (other than type of rock chosen) is open spaces.. other than that the coral will provide as it grows out...
     
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    Thats what I did, created two shallow rock piles, each has the outflow of a CLS hidden underneath. I let the corals do the scaping...not the rock work. :thumbup:
     
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    Guys, just as a matter of interest, the Banzai look can be seen on various reefs in nature!
    Diving on a lot of different coral reefs you can notice if a large plating coral dies or becomes invaded by other species you definately get the look!
    Not at all uncommon!
     
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    Aquascaping is worth the time spent. It took me a almost a whole day to get my aquascaping like the way I wanted it. It took long as I didnt glue the rocks down and carefully found the best combinations for the rocks to naturally fit it.

    Agree that the corals will grow, but you can design your scaping to still keep enough caves for fish to swim in, the fish love it and I love that next surprise to see which fish is going to swim out from where. IMHO open-scaping is much better than LR all piled up randomly or against the back panel and then all you see if the fish swimming from left to right.

    In the end its a matter of personal preference, and if a pile of random LR on top of each other makes you happy, that is what counts

    Here is my FTS after 6 months

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