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07.06.2015
But in this case, I want to concentrate on hardscapes in the true sense of the word — the kind of scaping that really leaves you, as the title implies, between a rock and a hard place — and then elicits sighs of admiration from your friends and fellow fish-keeping buddies! The idea is that by placing and arranging elements with the rule of thirds in mind we create a more interesting design that results in the viewer’s eyes flowing through the intersections of the grid in a way we determined.
Once the diagram makes sense to you, it becomes easier to understand that just as we used the same process across the top of our tank to indicate how we should use the floor space of our tank in our layout, we  can now also translate the idea further.
And once we understand concept, it becomes much easier to see how the rule of thirds has been used in the following aquariums.
Creating perspective, or a feeling of depth, can be one of the greatest challenges in an aquarium as they usually do not have enough depth from front to back to give a true sense of perspective. The most common mistake aquarists make when positioning hardscape elements, is to place their stones or wood in a very unnatural, straight line from left to right.
While some pieces of hardscape can share the same ‘screen’ (or point of depth), the key is to create more points by beginning at the front of the tank, where they should be lowest, in the next layer growing higher and higher, until you reach the back of the tank, where they will finally be the highest. While both images below are of planted tanks, you can clearly see how the hardscaping elements  follow this particular idea. Our goal should always be to interpret a natural environment — hopefully one that has been fashioned by the forces of nature’s erosion, and as little as possible by the hand of man. But when all is said and done, it is really your affinity for certain parts of nature, and your ability to see that which others cannot,  which will make you stand out from the crowd. And while you are out there in nature, keep a look out for materials that could possibly be used as your substrate, or perhaps in combination with a bought substrate. Before you venture on your rock collecting journey, let us dwell for a moment on what to keep in mind as you hunt. Inspect your rock, or wood — look for big or biggest, then for medium and finally for small sizes. If and when I tilt rocks, I personally like to use 40° or less from the horizontal, and continue the same angle in the positioning of all my other rocks and stones, more or less right across the aquarium, trying to imitate the idea of a mild geological upheaval in times long gone by. And just to prove that it can be done without plants, and be beautiful,  here is a perfect demonstration of how powerful the strata lines and tilting angles can be — in one of the stunning hardscapes of Aquarium Design Group. And then, at long last, once your trial hardscape truly pleases you, you are really ready to decorate your aquarium. Finally, fill your aquarium, remembering to do so by very slowly flowing water into a small plastic, or glass bowl or plate placed securely on the substrate floor, so that you do not disturb anything with a sudden strong water flush.
Hardscaping is what puts the mood and structure in place upon which we create perfect, nature mimicking habitats for our fish. Wherever the lines cross, is considered a a golden focus point, or ‘sweet spot’ for whatever you want to arrange on it.
Wherever the lines cross we find the ‘sweet spots’ providing us with a possibility we can consider for placing prominent features like main stones or wood shapes in our aquascape.


Whilst it may be advisable for beginners to stick more stoically to the rules of composition, a focal point that breaks the rules will demand attention in the most commanding manner by bringing tension and interest to the scape, resulting in a truly breathtaking effect.
For the correct placement of our main elements is not enough to give us a successful aquascape!
However, we can achieve the illusion of depth, or perspective by how we position the elements of our hardscape — again using the  Golden Ratio, looking down onto our layout from the top of the tank, as we have demonstrated in the diagram above. Like The Golden Ratio, this is only a guide to creating a good sense of perspective within the aquarium. Having more than one equally sized focal point leaves the viewer’s  mind uncomfortable and stressed, looking back and forth from focal point to focal point. There is much to be gained by going to mountainous areas, or river beds and sunburnt veldt to see what is there for oneself.
If you find the perfect rock for your main focal point, but you suspect that it may lack the height you need, try to find a flat, level piece that will give it the necessary elevation if it were the base of your rock. You will not use these straight away, but you will use them to help you shore up, if you want different levels, and prevent substrate from slipping down once you work in your aquarium for real. When it’s all to your liking and structurally sound, give any dabs of silicon, epoxy or cement forty-eight hours to cure. Nevertheless, you can make the process much less stressful for your fish, by preparing your scape in advance, before you actually change your tank. Get the hardscape right, and the rest of the scape will fall into place easily and effectively. But we can also bring that beauty of nature inside our homes and lives by learning how to hardscape our aquariums.
The rule of thirds is a derivative of the Golden Ratio, which was discovered and first realised by the ancient Greeks and has been used in all art forms for thousands of years. The primary goal of an aquascape is to be pleasing, relaxing, and interesting to look at for the viewer — be that viewer you, your family, or your guests. So, there is nothing to stop you from placing your main feature slap dash in the centre of your tank, because ultimately, the final form of your aquascape  depends solely on your perceptions and taste, just as it depends on the shape and size of your specific tank.
But now also imagine your layout as a whole consisting of several images, or screens, layered one after the other from the front to the back of the tank, each with a small gap in between, so that each image is slightly further away from the first — so that wherever you place hardscape elements, they span a variety of points in the depth of your tank. There are really no rules, but for me the exposed ‘grain’ and ‘texture’ of a water worn river’s edge has a much richer tale to tell than the random coalescing of materials like rocks and driftwood which usually originate from mid-river, and which most aquarists so frequently choose as their starting point. We live in a country with a great variety of landscape forms and geology to inspire the aquarist. The significance of this becomes apparent when the gravel and sands are finally graded and placed in the aquarium — hopefully in the same way as can be found in rivers and streams where there are rock outcroppings and some current in the flow of the water.
A hardscape can absorb a surprisingly large amount of rock or wood, and you may have to glue together several choice pieces  to make just one main element.


If you are scaping for cichlids, do not even begin to consider creating height with substrate, as they will dig it out. If you want to re-scape, using the ideas in this article, you can still use the same method. They are also sophisticated tools for inner reflection that stir in all who see them an appreciation for the awesome power of the universe.
Having a huge foreground compresses the midground and background, and takes away space from transitioning between them. We are blessed with beautiful sedimentary landscapes and countless formations which visibly bear entire histories in their natural profiles. Check the sizes of these gravels and pebbles and where they have settled and later copy this in your aquarium. The wider the base is, in proportion to its height, the more stable the rock will seem.With rocks, look for beautiful shapes and strata, with wood for gorgeous twists and twirls, gnarls and holes.
Get the glue you forgot to buy and complete the puttying, or sticking together, before you go ‘live’. The Golden Ratio is, however, more complex to calculate and therefore is not really suitable for our specific purposes. Finally, when you position your hardscape make sure that there are clear lines for the eye to follow from front to back, paying attention to ensuring that the foreground naturally transitions to the mid-ground, and then from there to the background.
Bedding planes are the visible strata of sediment that were laid down one after the other to form the rock.
Whilst you should now cycle your aquarium, at least until the water is clear and in balance, you won’t have a ‘dead’ tank.
Not having any does the same as having too many: the viewer’s eyes are left wandering back and forth, stressed and uncomfortable. Any flat rocks with good grain can be gently leaned against the rear of the tank, providing a good backdrop and keeping the overall weight of your hardscape down. Play with the idea that you can mimic nature’s way by how you compose your materials, from the strong linear diagonal strata to the random placing of pebbles and small stones. This is what makes the difference between an ordinary tank and an expertly scaped aquarium. In fact, rock at the base of wood pieces can make a wonderful combination, so keep an eye out for rocks that will work with your driftwood.
Believe me, it is infinitely easier and much less frustrating to make changes outside of the tank, rather than inside a water-filled aquarium!



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