Hey there TPT, so since I decided to take summer classes to stay on track with my major, I had to find a new place to stay at over the summer while I can attend classes. Unfortunately, this meant I had to move everything, including moving a few tanks to my friend's place while I stay at theirs for the time being. I had three tanks with me, a 10g, a 5g, and a 2.5g. Unfortunately, due to the amount of space I now have, I can only fill up one of the tanks in my room. HOWEVER, this allowed me to think up of a new landscape to fill my tank with. So for the time being, until summer classes end, this will be my new landscape
18" Finnex Ray2 suspended above the tank with about 2 inches above water.
I looked up a thread I saw about hanging finnex features, and I have to say, it works really well.
Said fixture in question:
Paintball co2 tank with aquatek regulator and GLA tank diffuser.
I have two filters in tank. Zoomed 501 with spray bar and aquaclear 20 with pre-filter sponge.
50w marina heater
Mixture of Eco-Complete on bottom with aquasoil on top
Dwarf Hairgrass Sp. 'Belem'
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Mini'
5 x Otocinclus
7 x Amano Shrimp
1 x Cherry Shrimp (testing to see if they'll do well in this tank)
1 x Assassin Snail
Started with the hardscape. My rocks aren't THAT big, but they were enough for me to figure out a landscape. Tried as best I could to make it look right and in the end, this is what I came up with. I also banked up the two corners to give it depth, while leaving a small canyon in the middle.
After securing the hardscape, I added blyxa in the corners, dhg 'belem' in the foreground and AR 'Mini' in the middle within the canyon. I'm hoping as it grows out, it'll look like a forest of red in the middle with the belem hairgrass creating a nice green foreground that gives off a contrast of green against red.
So I stayed up until 4 am last night trying to set up the tank so I could put the tank mates in right away. Filling up, it got really cloudy cause of the aquasoil. Got really sleepy, so I just left the shrimp and otos in a bucket with a bubbler so they'd be fine for the night.
This was this morning after I woke up to it being clear. It looked really nice, but I feel as if something was missing. Had a friend check it out and he told me the AR 'Mini' was too dense. You can see my emersed tank down below. It has HC, DHG 'Belem', UG, and Hydrocotyle Sp. Japan growing. The UG's growing really slowly compared to the others.
This morning I dropped the shrimp and otos into bags and had them acclimating in the tank for about 30 minutes. Did pretty well. They slowly retrieved their color.
And then here we have it:
this is my tank from my view when I wake up. It's sitting on a rack I got from another friend. The particle board seemed weak to me, so I stacked two on top of each other to make it support better.
Any suggestions on the tank? I'd like to hear more.