Good day to all!
Today I am creating a preliminary hardskape on the example of the Dennerle scapers tank 50l aquarium.
Hardscape - aquarium skeleton, the basis of the composition. To create it, I chose a gray-greenish stone, neutral in chemical composition and interesting texture and shape.
Recently, I prefer compositions with the presence of one large stone, as a basis, and a large number of additional ones. Additional stones emphasize the size and grandeur of the main stone, and also allow you to create a perspective and show the story or plot of the composition.
This breed allows you to easily split large pieces into smaller ones and thereby create the effect of part of the destroyed stone with its fragments under water. It is also necessary to remember that in order to create the volume and liveliness of the composition, explicit stones must be in an even number, the tilt angles and location must create triangles, the tilt of the stones at the front glass at the viewer, at the back of the viewer, thereby, when illuminated from above, the front stones will be darkened, and the rear ones are brightly lit (light perspective).
I also use vertical stones in addition to inclined stones.
Mostly mosses will be used in this composition, therefore the foreground begins with sand. Sand allows you to brighten and emphasize the foreground and create a winding path to the background, thereby creating a perspective.
Further, to complicate the composition and create greater dynamics of the upper part of the aquarium, I decided to add branchy roots of snags. The driftwood I personally extracted from hardwood, washed, processed and placed in the aquarium.
The position was chosen so that the direction of the branches overlapped the rear corners of the aquarium and some of them were aimed at the viewer, and part of them visually balanced a large stone and created a composition above the water.
When everything is installed in its place and does not need to be finalized, I proceed to fix the driftwood to the stones using super glue, silicone sealant, thread, fishing line, suction cups, etc.
I fill up drainage, nutritious or neutral soil. And I set it aside until the glue dries before starting to plant the plants.
To be continued …
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