Guess who did a re-scape? This guy, that's who. Started the process shortly after christmas.
My main goal was to do a lot of colorful, moderately fast growing plants, with my java fern kinda swaying to the side and arching over. That plant has been through hell and back for me so I figured I'd make it pretty prominent in the tank. Also, just couldn't resist the look.
I also wanted to not deal with wendtii in a dirted high tech tank anymore. It took over and became a hassle. I re-did the substrate in order to remove the plant...
Which meant that I managed to find and salvage over 250 trumpet snails while re-scaping....Damn, thats a lot of snails.
And here's the tank as it is now. I want to add a few things, mostly UG for a carpet, and maybe another stem or two and some blyxa in the back right corner, but I'm pretty happy with how this is looking.
• Poecilia reticulata – “Guppy” 0:1
• Hyphessobrycon amandae – “Ember Tetra” x2
• Trigonostigma espei – “Lambchop Rasbora” x5
• Otocinclus cocama – “Zebra Otto” x2
• Caridinia japonica – “Amano Shrimp” x2
• Neocaridina heterotopia var. “”
• Cambarellus shufeldtii – “Cajun Dwarf Cray” x2
• Neritina natalensis – “Tire Track Nerite” x1
• Planorbis rubrum – “Ramshorn Snail” x#
• Physa sp. – “Pond Snail” x#
• Melanoides tuberculata - “Trumpet Snail” x#
• Echinodorus parviflorus – “Tropica Sword”
• Lobelia Cardinalis var. 'Dwarf'
In front of L. sp. ‘Red’
• Pogostemon helferi
In front of wood
• Rotala mexicana var. ‘Araguaia’
Left of C. becketii petchii
• Cryptocoryne becketii petchii
• Ludwigia sp. ‘Red’
• Ammania sp. ‘Bonsai’
Left side of M. pteropus
• Lagarosiphon madagascariensis
• Alternanthera reineckii var. 'Mini'
Microsorum pteropus – “Java Fern”
• Back left
Anubias barteri var. ‘Petite’
• In front of M. pteropus
Fissidens splachnobryoides – “Mini Fissidens”
• On yellow spongy rock
• Marineland Penguin 100 x2
o Use heater from quarantine tank if dire emergency
• Ray2 Ultra Slim 24” DS
o Dirt with Black Sand cap
• Yellow and Spongy
• Red and Brown
• One main piece
Smaller ones surrounding it
• Carbon Dioxide
o Dual Stage Regulator on 20lb tank
• Atomic Diffuser
Replace with an atomic diffuser eventually
• GLA Atomic Check Valve x2
• Drop Checker Color: Green
• Bubble Counter: 6 per second
Filled with Mineral Oil
The downi will look nice once it fills in, as will the Bonsai. I'm not sure how much bonsai I want to let be in the area though, as I want enough room to balance that and the UG I want. I'm also thinking about doing some flame moss in-between the fern and the anubias on the wood.
sbj1987 hooked me up with a ton of nice stems. This is Rotala mexicana 'Araguia', can't wait till it settles in for me, its really pretty.
And who doesn't love Ludwigia Red?
And of course, I love me some amano shrimp and dwarf sword.
MonsterFish gave me some Lagarosiphon madagascariensis
to play with. Not sure how it will do for me (I almost think the amano shrimp might have picked some leafs off) and not sure if I want it here, or in that hole in the wood. Its a pretty plant though, and I'll be sure to make some sort of use of it in either this tank or my 75.
My one oddball shrimp that popped out from my fire reds in my 5.5. Its brown with dark blue sides...I think its cool but we will see what happens. It had eggs when I moved it and those eggs hatched in this tank so I'm curious to see what will come of that.
Mini reneckii below ember tetras. I need more of the tetras, but I'll focus on fish more after I get the plants in order.
Espie are doing well...I might want a few more of them though, idk
I am loving these zebra ottos
In the spring I'll be grabbing more plants for my tanks, and seeing what I want to fit where. I was thinking about doing Mini Myro in place of that madagscar plant and moving the madagascar up front or into another tank, and also considering Muridania sp. Red in the hole in the driftwood depending on how big the leaf size is.
And as this grows I'll try and update at least one every 2 months if not once a month :P And definitely as soon as possible after any significant changes.