I would love some feedback on my first aquascape.

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New reefer here and would love some feedback on my first aquascape before I start to mortar.
This will be for a for a 60"x24"x21" tank size. I have a 2" + clearance on all sides of tank to the rock.
Looking for thoughts on flow around the rock formations and the height for corals.
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I think it's great, especially for a first aquascape! What kind of reef is this going to be? For me personally and this is just personally, as long you're happy that's all that matters, I would move the rock that appears to be dead center just slightly to the right or the left. The small piece in front of the main structure. I try and avoid having something really eye catching dead center but sometimes that can't be avoided. The only other minor minor thing is I would try and slightly raise the height of one of the pieces on the right / right center. This is just to avoid a straight slope from left to right. However depending on what kind of corals you plan on having that problem will correct itself with coral placement.
 

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Overall I think I like it. My only concern would be your rock to water ratio is fairly high and having a break in the rockwork would aesthetically please me more. Great first aquascape though and once its covered with corals idk if what I said will matter in the slightest.
 
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Your rock has lots of pores for frags and plugs.
I would build some a bit higher for future SPS which will require that location in tank
 

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Your rock has lots of pores for frags and plugs.
I would build some a bit higher for future SPS which will require that location in tank
so not an sps guy (aside from a few monti's), so educate me. if the tank is only 21" deep how close to the surface do you have to be? and not a critique on going higher. I'm a huge fan of "higher" my scape busts the surface. just wondering.
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so not an sps guy (aside from a few monti's), so educate me. if the tank is only 21" deep how close to the surface do you have to be? and not a critique on going higher. I'm a huge fan of "higher" my scape busts the surface. just wondering.
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I was baseing my build off what BRStv said to leave between 6" - 8" of growth room for SPS. But this is also my first rodeo so education is welcomed.
 

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so not an sps guy (aside from a few monti's), so educate me. if the tank is only 21" deep how close to the surface do you have to be? and not a critique on going higher. I'm a huge fan of "higher" my scape busts the surface. just wondering.
:cool:
within 4"
 

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Nice! There is an upward progression from R to L, I would make one or two of the structures on the right just a little higher. I think leaving 6 is a good idea.
 
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I agree with all previous comments it really looks good. My only concern (based on the top view) is keeping the “canyon“ clean. You have a very narrow area that will get narrower as corals grow. I think @vetteguy53081 or @sp1187 would know better than me...increase flow or widen the gap a little for siphoning the sand in those areas. What do you think guys?
 

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I agree with all previous comments it really looks good. My only concern (based on the top view) is keeping the “canyon“ clean. You have a very narrow area that will get narrower as corals grow. I think @vetteguy53081 or @sp1187 would know better than me...increase flow or widen the gap a little for siphoning the sand in those areas. What do you think guys?
As long as water is able to flow through structure.... it will work. One thing a person do is install a low flow powerhead at lower part of tank to keep current flowing throughout the tank OR simply occasionally use a baster to loosen up mulm and other detritus
 
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