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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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6g shrimp tank

So this is my first time posting a journal. Ive been lurking around on this site for months. Purchased some plants off of different members. Im starting a new tank and im still pretty new to the hobby so any iinput would be great. I got a 6 gallon tank from gla for xmas so its time to get it going.

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Plants are probably gonna be HC, possibly blxa and looking for other ideas.

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First things first. I just got the amazonia in today so im trying to work on the scape. I have been moving things around and have a few ideas. Any input would be great. Im having a hard time deciding. Im going with dsm method so I still have to order the rest of the hardware I need.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 11:48 PM
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Second to the last was probably the best placement.

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I like the second one
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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 12:03 AM
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Agreed with Mabj last second is good, I would plant just Hc and plant blyxa behind the tree n plant some next to the rock, i would not plant more blyxa at all, leave it simple n it will look really good. If you want , try HC with dry start method n let it fully carpet n then flood it with water n plant blyxa.. I would just add a lil bit of moss in the tree but would not cover it..maje tree with a lil moss looks better than fully covered..planting blyxa just in those location will give a bit more prespective.. if you plant heaps of stem plants n blyxa at the back, then when your tank is fully grown it would loose the scape..sometime it's better to keep it simple..just my 2cents , I m no pro so if an experience member give you shine more thought then try that as well

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I like the second to last too. I def wanna keep it simple. I was planning on dry start with hc. Its gonna be my first attempt. I also have some xmas moss growing in my ther tank that I will prob clip a bit off and put in there. I did a bit more fiddling and this is what I cam up with. Its prob gonna be this or the second to last. Gotta sir on it for a day.Click image for larger version

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post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 01:04 PM
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Nice piece of driftwood.

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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 02:32 PM
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Awesome dw I agree.

But the second to last is superior in its use of the whole tank and off set placement.

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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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yeah the driftwood is pretty cool. Found it like a month ago in one of my favorite LFS. Ive been holding on to it waiting for something to put it in.
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Just got back from plowing and did a little more fiddling. Pretty much same rock place ment as second to last pick. Just turned the dw.
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That wood is awesome ! I love the intricate twists, very nice.

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Hehe I still like the other placement more. But it is good that you are experimenting with the placement

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I like the driftwood. Makes me think of a dead apple tree.

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if i have the driftwood sticking out of the surface will shrimp climb out?
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post #14 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 09:34 PM
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No. Check my 10" spec journal in my signature. I only have crayfish in there ATM, but even he doesn't climb out. He will push his head against the water though. He's curious.

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post #15 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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I just got the HC in today thanks to nilocg. I had been moving things around and figured i was being to picky. So i just went with what i had in there when the hc arrived. Then the planting began. Also got so Dwarf Hair grass. It is very short and im hoping it stays that way. I read something about if you trim it before you plant it will stay short, But this was pretty short as it is. Can i trim it later if it gets to high without damaging it? Here are some pics.
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I plan on putting blxa in the right corner behind rock when i flood the tank. This is my first time with dsm so fingers crossed. Now i have to be patient and get everything else while i let this grow out.
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