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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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My little tank needs a makeover

I just re-set up my little 10gal yesterday. While it looks a million times better then before, its still not right. I just don't have that vision for where things belong. The one thing I do know is I put the driftwood in upside down. Turned the other way makes a nice cave underneath, so I will be flipping that. I also don't really like the river stones. I just put them in because they were in before. i

So please, any suggestions are welcomed. I'm happy to add more plants too.

This tank will be going into my 7 year old's room, so it doesn't have to be the runway winner, but I'm sure it could be better.

2 x 7w 6500k cfls
marina slim 10 filter
tertra 50w heater
flourite capped with gravel

egeria najas
dwarf saggitarius

6 cherry shrimp
4 amano shrimp
4 oto's
And probably 4 guppies (my son will be choosing some this weekend)

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 05:45 PM
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How about placing the Anubias along the crevices of the wood when you turn it over? Place it lower down as well so it grows up and helps create more interest lower in the tank. I like Anubias roots hanging down and growing into the substrate, adds a lot of jungliness to the scape.

I would spread out the Myrio or Limnophila in the right rear so it isn't so pressed together. The lower leaves are just going to die faster if you leave it like that. It needs something in front of it. That is why the stuff in the left rear looks nice, it is playing off the wood. It doesn't look like hornwort to me though but it is very pretty stuff.

Have to agree, those rocks aren't working well at the moment. They might look nice more scattered though.

How about spreading the dwarf sag around more? Make a wave from the front left corner to the right rear? Or just a clump on that side so the wood and Anubias aren't behind it?

How about a clump of crypt like one of the wendtiis in front of the right rear fluffy stuff?

If you did all that you would have a dark element at either end of the tank with fluffy stuff behind. You would have a unifying ribbon of linear dwarf sag and river rocks. The bacopa would look nice as a bush in front of the wood but also looks nice with crypts as it has a different texture and color.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
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Kathyy, thank you so much! I took a lot of your advice, and I think it looks much better.

I fixed the driftwood, moved the anubias to different spots, spread out the cabomba, added a crypt (it looks a little sad now, I hope it perks up), and removed the riverstones. I also picked up a little more gravel to fill in the thin spots, but will wait until I'm done messing around before putting them in.

I also added some emerald eye rasboras, fish swimming around always make it better.

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