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post #916 of 1903 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 03:59 AM
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Hey guys,

Just started my own low tech tank. I've got a Fluval Edge 12G and I love it.

The tank seems to be doing well.

It's still a work in progress as I'm still yet to lay down plenty more moss on the front in order to create a carpet.

Any suggestions would be more than welcome!

Ps, You can check out my journal for this tank. It's called 'My Rainforest Creek - Fluval 12g'. I've seen a few of you put a link in your signature. If someone could tell me how I can do that it'd be great!

Thanks.
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post #917 of 1903 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 05:39 AM
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Hey guys, just thought I'd add another photo from the front to give you guys a better idea of the tank.

I'm going to get rid of the hairgrass at the front as it hasn't done anything at all, other than sit there and look like a really bad haircut. I'm probably going to just throw lots of moss down at the bottom and recreate a carpet, maybe Christmas moss. I have a patch of it currently on the left hand side. I am a little hesitant about doing that to be honest because I think the christmas looks so pretty that if I have loads of it, it'll take away from the beauty and you'll appreciate it less. I'd love to have HC, but that'll happen in my dreams!

Let me know what you think.
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Empty space is a great thing. You could put some on both sides in an uneven fashion, but don't make a carpet. I wouldn't at least.

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I love empty space It saddens me when I see people who think they can't have a pretty tank without a full carpet. Show off that substrate, baby, ooh-la-la.

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My aquascape style tends towards 'tall in the back, short in the front, lots and lots of green and stuff. And maybe a rock somewhere...'
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Hahahaha! Very true. Now a moss wall ;D that's really nice.

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This is my second low-tech tank, an ADA Mini-M (5.5g) in progress. Just planted today and dry starting HC and glosso. I started a journal for it too.

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Looks good, Peter. I've always been too impatient to attest a dry start.

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Empty space is a great thing. You could put some on both sides in an uneven fashion, but don't make a carpet. I wouldn't at least.
I totally agree... As I said I do think too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. So my guy feeling was to use the moss sparingly and have a few open spaces and not covering the entire substrate.
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I love empty space It saddens me when I see people who think they can't have a pretty tank without a full carpet. Show off that substrate, baby, ooh-la-la.
Appreciate your thoughts. I did think that too. I think some patchy growth here and there might look nice as opposed to a full carpet.
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Hahahaha! Very true. Now a moss wall ;D that's really nice.
Haha. A moss wall sounds like such a daunting prospect. Keeping up with these plants seems like hard work already, with all the melting, browning, and holes!

I sometimes wonder how everyone else's tanks look so pristine! Every bit of leaf looks so green and healthy.
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I use mostly mosses in my 18". You can check it out. They grow well. They'd look good in a wall, but idk if I can do it. It might be something to pursue for my tank actually!

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I think your moss looks awesome. I want mine to be just like that. How do you get it to be so bushy? What do you feed your plants? I didn't see any co2.
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Can't wait to see how it comes along Peter...

Also, just a quick question. I've seen quite a few ADA tanks around. Is there anything in particular that is good about them as opposed to a regular tank?
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They're well built, have high clarity glass and very sleek.

Kinda like buying an iPad over an Acer tablet.

My mosses range from fissidens to mini pellia to mini Xmas. I just let them do their thing.

I'm big on finding a good balance between lights stocking and plant types so minimal maint is achieved.

The waste becomes all the ferts I need.

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