How do you prefer your scaping

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by 4age, 24 Nov 2014.

  1. 4age

    4age

    Joined:
    23 Feb 2010
    Posts:
    3,550
    Likes Received:
    107
    Location:
    Cape Town
    I'm busy planning the scaping for my next setup..noticed that some guys keep alot of rock in tank for coral placement while some go for minimal rock which means less corals...what do you guys prefer?

    Here's what I have planned..what u think?

    [​IMG]
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. Brendan6

    Brendan6

    Joined:
    24 Oct 2013
    Posts:
    1,241
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    Cape Town
    I prefer my scape. Islands/pinnacles for select corals and lots of swim space. I do not see a picture btw.
     
    Last edited: 24 Nov 2014
  4. 4age

    4age Thread Starter

    Joined:
    23 Feb 2010
    Posts:
    3,550
    Likes Received:
    107
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Not sure why it's not showing up on ur side.i can see pic on tapatalk.will try again

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Clowning

    Clowning

    Joined:
    8 Jul 2012
    Posts:
    1,039
    Likes Received:
    79
    Location:
    Schaapkraal,Cape town.
    You can have minimalist look with lots of corals also. Scaping is all about personal preference.
     
  6. Reaper

    Reaper

    Joined:
    15 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    1,117
    Likes Received:
    50
    Location:
    Kuilsriver - Western Cape
    I always incorporate an arch or overhang somewhere. Gives the shy fish a nice place to hide, while still being visible
     
  7. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    23,163
    Likes Received:
    1,232
    Location:
    Centurion
    I got lots of rock, big flat pieces. Held up on 3 smaller pieces like a tripod. Creates a nice open cave underneath and allows a lot of circulation.
     
  8. Blue Reefer

    Blue Reefer MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    20 Oct 2012
    Posts:
    674
    Likes Received:
    72
    Location:
    Goodwood, Cape Town
    @4age Depends on size of tank you got so that limits or lets you have more options. You need focus points in your scape to catch your attention.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: 26 Nov 2015
  9. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,771
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
  10. Carcharias

    Carcharias

    Joined:
    15 Jun 2012
    Posts:
    55
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Margate
    I like the harbour wall look. Just kidding. I like the bonsai look.
     
  11. 4age

    4age Thread Starter

    Joined:
    23 Feb 2010
    Posts:
    3,550
    Likes Received:
    107
    Location:
    Cape Town
    other option is to use tonga branch and do something like this..

    [​IMG]

    or this..

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Blue Reefer

    Blue Reefer MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    20 Oct 2012
    Posts:
    674
    Likes Received:
    72
    Location:
    Goodwood, Cape Town
    Oooooo the first one looks insane.
     
  13. Blue Reefer

    Blue Reefer MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    20 Oct 2012
    Posts:
    674
    Likes Received:
    72
    Location:
    Goodwood, Cape Town
    Why don't you just epoxy your rock together for interesting horizontal scape.
     
  14. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,771
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    these are great if you starting with small frags, as placing a large Euphyllia there would be a huge task
     
  15. jimilutz

    jimilutz

    Joined:
    17 Jan 2013
    Posts:
    421
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    Randburg
    While I have only had a reef tank for two years, I have kept fish tanks since 1985 and have always found the more hiding places and mini territorial zones you can create, the happier/healthier the fish are. Minimalistic tanks look stunning but you should keep the stocking levels low or decrease the variety of fish or they will get stressed and sick more often.
    I have a loose reef wall scape and this allows many different sized swim throughs. The only downside to this is you cannot see all your wildlife at any given point in time so you need to watch the tank over a longer period to see everything.
     
  16. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    23,163
    Likes Received:
    1,232
    Location:
    Centurion
    [​IMG]

    This one will not work for a couple of tangs... Or any other territorial fish like damsels even. Looks stunning, but will limit your fish choice and fish numbers.
     
  17. tekkengal

    tekkengal Moderator

    Joined:
    30 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    2,370
    Likes Received:
    297
    Location:
    JHB
    I like this layout, the individual islands give enough space to place coral and have water movement around them.

    You probably could make the islands a little higher (depending on the dept of your tank) but overall it looks really great :)
     
  18. King_Triton

    King_Triton

    Joined:
    27 Sep 2012
    Posts:
    1,021
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Midrand
    You current layout looks good.. but I would try and make a few caves here and there. really makes a big difference to the whole look when you have fish hiding or swimming through gaps/caves in the rock work. It will also help to minimise stress levels with certain fish and when adding new fish. With my new scaping, I have created 3 caves. my three tangs have taken ownership of each already.. and my cleaners seem to make the caves the cleaning spot. Which helps the fish being cleaned to sort of relax. I also notice my chromis love all the small gaps. It is also their sleeping spot.
     
    Last edited: 26 Nov 2014
  19. 4age

    4age Thread Starter

    Joined:
    23 Feb 2010
    Posts:
    3,550
    Likes Received:
    107
    Location:
    Cape Town
    @tekkengal...tank will be 1.2m by either 50cm or 60cm wide by 50cm high. .tallest structure will be in the upper 1/3rd of tank so should look decent..also hoping the sps will full up the space

    Fish wise I'm planning on smaller fish.mayb one or two tangs only

    Started my scaping plans earlier...it's gona take a good few days to complete as I have to let the putty dry properly at each stage

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited by a moderator: 26 Nov 2015
  20. Ruberto Frazao

    Ruberto Frazao Sponsor

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2012
    Posts:
    1,060
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Centurion
    Scaping looks awesome man, i am busy doing my scaping today and tomorrow, i like to use as little rock as possible, my new tank is 300L and i am only using 13kg of rock to do my scape. tank is 1000x500x500
    I am also using the pratley putty as it works very well for holding rocks and the colour blends in.
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - prefer scaping Forum Date
What photo layout do you prefer? Forum Suggestions and Feedback 27 Apr 2016
[wtd] t5 unit preferred 54w x8 unit lights Wanted 4 Feb 2016
Preferential carbon sources SPS Corals 3 Sep 2015
TS2 skimmer depth preferrance Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration 15 Dec 2010
ATO preference Beginner Discussions 2 Feb 2010
What is your preferred method for fragging a colt? Fragging Corals 28 Aug 2009
Which would you prefer Lighting 18 Jun 2009