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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-17-2014, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Comments on my 50gal cube Mountain Scape

OK, This is the first try at a couple of things:

1) First aquascape
2) First dirted tank

I purchased a 50 gal cube off of CL for a really nice price thinking I was going to do a Saltwater tank. Well, I chickened out on that and joined this website after viewing some wonderful Aquascapes.

The first ting I wanted to do was to create a dirted tank. So after watching many utube videos, I gave it a try. Miracle Grow Organic potting soil was the chosen dirt. I the back of the tank I used pea gravel to build up the base. The Feather stone was placed upon that. MGOPS was layered over the pea gravel and over the bottom of the tank where the gravel was not used. This was capped with some National Geographic brown substrate.

Once filled with water, the water stained brown from the MG. I then emptied out the tank and did the planting and refilling of water. That was last night and this is where we are today.

What are your thoughts of what I have done so far? Like, don't like, constructive criticism.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-17-2014, 04:44 PM
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When I first saw the rock pic without substrate, I didn't think I would like it. However, the softer rocks, with the sand river, give it a soft and tranquil vibe. I usually don't like a lot of negative space between the highest rock and the top of the tank but I think it actually makes this seem "airy". I like this a lot. Rocks and cubes are not easy either.
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Thanks so much for your comment. For those of you who have done dwarf hairgrass, do you think I should trim this down now or wait a while?
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let it acclimate for a week or two then mow it
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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-17-2014, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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The plants that I used I purchased from others on this site. Unfortunately, The Downoi that I was going to use at the top (Behind the last rocks) were DOA when they got here. What is your thought about using that plant for the top of the scape? Any other ideas for that area? Does anyone have any extra Downoi they can spare?
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what plants do you have in there?
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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-17-2014, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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As far as plants are concerned, I need to get the plants for the top and let everything grow out. In regards to livestock, I want to get some shrimp and some small schooling fish. I think that larger fish will take away from the proportions of the tank and put it out of scale.
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Any ideas about plants?
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I have no CO2 running and don't plan on doing so. I think maybe something that might grow to the top of the highest rock that would somewhat represent trees.

By the way someone asked what plants I have in there. Front - Dwarf grass, right side - dwarf 4 leaf clover, going up the hill - Staurogyn Repens. The plan was to use Downoi on top.
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My suggestions are some thing like Blyxa Japonica at the end of the path to soften out the the transition to tank wall. I'd also have some smaller stones on the sides of the path/riverbed to make it more natural looking. Perhaps get some moss for a few of the smaller stones.
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I'd put a few select stems in the very back right. More along the right hand plane than the back one. Something that will get higher than the tallest rock. Bacopa maybe, or some L repens for a slight variation in color.
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What would you guys think about something like Wisteria in the very back? It is somewhat "Tree looking" and could keep it trimmed to an acceptable height.
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Wysteria would work. The bright green would add a nice color variant to what you have now. If possible, I'd try to get some already growing submersed. The low light, emersed kind like you find at PetCo etc, will take a few months to convert and really take off. At least that's been my exp in a non-high-tech set-up.
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Thanks burr!!! I am not so focused on color as much as I am about mixing up the texture. I have Dwarf clover so I don't need and clover like plants, I have dwarf hairgass so I don't want any more grass like plants. That's why I am thinking wisteria might be a nice change of texture but I am open to any other ideas.
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