Very cool, I love it. Originally I thought the hardscape in this tank was too much and too dramatic... I was wrong, the plants are really helping in softening the overall effect as they fill in, and they'll continue to do so until it's completely balanced. I'll certainly be following this one more closely
Thanks, glad you are liking it. At first I had too much wood, and I removed some and moved a bunch around. I was very worried about the rock, I was hoping to receive all large rocks, but I only ended up with around three decently large ones. It's was like trying to build a retaining wall out of rubble. What I have would be perfect for a small tank, scale wise. The rocks are very harsh, but I'm hoping to soften them with little bushes of plants. I like the look I have now, and the way the center is framed. I'll have to get a pic, but I kinda designed it to be viewed from the couch. The straight on FTS that I post look a little different then what I stare at all day.
Originally Posted by driftwoodhunter
I like how you created a clean diagonal line from the top left edge to the center. Between that and the curve of the two areas of driftwood, you have such a nice circular composition going on - this is one of my favorite tanks!
Yep, the other tetras are tough nuts, so I hope they won't be bothered by the Blues. I really like their color and activity level - I never knew they were so active until I saw your videos. I want a subtle splash of color in the tank - not the brightness of neons, for example. (I also don't want something as common as neons)
Thanks for your thoughts!
Thanks man. I'm not sure how that left side is going to shape up. As the plants on the front right of the left mound grow in, it'll be harder to maintain that line. I guess time will tell.
The blues are the most aggressive tetras I've seen so far, just go for a big group of them. I've got around 75 now.
.... i am officially jealous of your scape...
Haha, and I'm jealous of yours!
This shot of your tank looks great. I have never seen anyone do a huge school of blue tetras before and I think that is the key to curbing their aggression as these are some nasty little tetras. I had a school of about 24 years ago and it helped a little with their aggression so having the big school you have I think is best for them. They are a beautiful fish and look great if you have a blue/purple light to show their colors best. How is the CO2 reactor situation working out so far?
The shot is a little over exposed, but whatev. I'm trying to get better at pics but I'm still a newb at taking pics. I've need to get some external flashes and try shooting at night when there isn't all that glare from the windows.
Still playing with the co2. I got a 20" filter housing in the mail, but I haven't decided if I'll use it or not. Right now I'm running it through a DIY needle wheel on a Eheim 1250 and shooting it in the general area of the return pump in the sump. Less micro bubbles in the display this way. It doesn't seem to be wasting too much more co2 than when I was pointing it straight into the return intake.