Firstly is it gallons or litres?
35g is 159litres and 35litres is 7.7gallons
Hex tanks can be awkward but can still be scaped. As i always say its in the planning. The height of your tank and basic width etc would help too if thats ok. As you dont have much in there its quite easy to start a fresh. Plants are easy to remove and replant too so dont panic. However, if you want to have your plants thrive they need a good subtrate (base).
If it was me i would replace that with new subtrate and maybe a new fine grade gravel. You could get a few chunks of natural stone and break them into various sizes for your hardscape. Now, you mentioned wood...rootwood gives great effect to a tank but for tall narrow tanks i would maybe suggest long rootwood that you can hang down from the lid. Its easy to put in and remove for cleaning should you need to. Moss and plants can be tied on to this up the length. You can still keep your ferns etc around the bottom by your rocks. But it gives a nice perspective. Fish have got room to swim between the roots and it creates a feature out of a tall narrow tank. It will also disguise the filter and cables too.
Erm...yes chuck the blue rock in the bin hahaha
I did a similar thing with one years ago but had a large buddah in the middle, dwarf hair grass around the base, small blue slate as a mini pathway, vallis around the back and some spindly rootwood hanging down over the buddah. Looked like something from jungle book with vines but a great effect. Get the kit you need together first and have a plan in your head. Google some images to get ideas if need be.
Hope that helps.
Ps...dont forget the blue rock and the bin lol.
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Thanks for the tips! Yeah, the rock will be the first thing to go haha. The tank is 35 gallons, with a depth of 24" and a width of 21.5" flat face to flat face, or 23" corner to corner. As I'm thinking about it more, I'll probably just redo it from scratch, since as you said it wouldn't be too bad with how little I have in there. I might wait a bit though since one of my endlers and two of my cherries are about due to give birth, and I don't wanna risk any of those getting eaten in my 55 gallon with guppies and platies and tetras (oh my!). I know there's still a chance of the endlers eating their young as well as the shrimp, but I figure it's a much smaller chance with the smaller fish. This is definitely more of a casual breeding tank lol, technically just a community tank. I'm thinking of manzanita or spiderwood to have hanging down, though I'm not sure which yet. I'll definitely get some better substrate, though I'm not sure what kind to do yet. I have dirt covered in sand in my 55 gallon which has served me well, though I don't know whether or not that's the best route. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
George Farmer has a recent YouTube video on aquascaping a vertical small tank... You might want to check it out for inspiration. Good luck.
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Since I'm new to scaping I hadn't heard of him before, but now that I'm watching his videos he's super helpful. Thanks for the recommendation!
Maybe get some tall plants in the middle and chains words or dwarf sag along the diameter
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I really like the idea of dwarf sag, I think some carpet plants would be nice. I might not do tall stuff in the middle though, since I wanna go for more of a natural-ish route, and I feel like having all the tall stuff in the middle would look a little too staged. Not to mention the lack of visibility since the tank is currently up against a wall haha.
A tall rock or piece of wood leaning against the back with moss attached, with tall plants at the sides (if they fit) and smaller ones around the base graduating down in size towards the front.
I like this. I have a good tall rock in my 55 gallon, which I'm trying to phase out anyway, so that might be a good option. I don't want to remove it just yet since I don't have a lot of scape stuff in that one right now and I don't want it to be too empty, but if I can find something to replace it then definitely.
A couple things…
1.Get a better light. Go cheap and get a 23 watt or higher 5000-6500K watt CLF bulb and a brooder lamp and you would be much better off. Your doing DIY co2 so your tank should definitely be able to handle more light.
2. Ditch that rock and get some tall driftwood.
3. Type in “planted hexagon aquarium” into Google images. Their a half dozen or so pretty nice tanks you could imitate. There is one pic in the top row that is only Java and crypts that I really dig.
Like I said in my first post, I'm already planning to get a better light. I'm gonna get the 16" freshwater LED from SB Reef Lights as soon as I can get the money together. The lighting I have now is extremely temporary, it's really just to keep the plants alive until I can get the SB Reef one. Yeah, I was definitely planning on getting rid of the rock, it looks way too fake and awkward. I have some decent driftwood in my 55 gallon, but I can't take it out until I find some other temporary-ish stuff to replace it since even though I'm trying to phase out that tank, I still have fish in it.
In summary, since this is a long post:
1. The tank is 35 gallons, with a depth of 24" and a width of 21.5" flat face to flat face, or 23" corner to corner.
2. I'm gonna re-scape it from scratch
3. Should I use manzanita or spiderwood for a canopy-type thing?
4. Substrate suggestions?
5. I'm gonna recycle some rocks and wood from my larger tank
6. Yes, I'm getting rid of the dang rock
7. I'm getting an SB Reef Lights SBox Pro 16".
I put together an EXTREMELY rough idea of what I'm thinking of design-wise for the tank, not including any extra driftwood or whatever I might add. Excuse the MS Paint, I just wanted to throw something together as quickly as possible. Any thoughts on what I should change, plants I could add/remove/replace, plants other than moss to tie to the manzanita wood, or any other types of suggestions/critiques?
Also, I got some rocks to use for the tank, so I'll post pictures soon of those and the stuff from my other tank that I might be able to recycle.
Thanks for the help guys!