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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
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Healthy tank needs aquascaping help!

Here is my tank - what next? For the moment, I seem to have found an equilibrium where the plants, shrimp and fish are happy and the algae are in check.

Although I'm grateful for that, I am finding that healthy is starting to verge on messy and I'm not sure how to fix my aquascape while keeping its health. Pruning? Moving plants around? Something else?

Any advice or suggestions are appreciated!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-31-2008, 12:41 AM
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The picture is kind of blurry so it's hard to evaluate. Some rocks and/or driftwood would be nice.


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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-31-2008, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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I will work on my photography too! I have uploaded a new main photo to my profile - I used a better camera but it still may have focused on the glass.
Good suggestion for rocks - I had some in there a few months ago but in my inexperience they became algae covered so it was just easier to replace them with plants!
Will the old algae have died, or should I soak in h202 solution and rinse thoroughly to be on the safe side?
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you need some open space. try to plant the plants so they point towards the open space, accenting it.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for advice - here is the new version - improved??

Thanks for the tips! I have managed to rescape a few days ago based on the first suggestion and I think I captured the second as well. What do you think?? These leaves the "semicircle" of gravel in the foreground that I will work on filling in a little more with the stargrass/pygmy chain swords.

I'm sort of happy with this, although the hygros (sunset, wisteria) are still messy - great colour but they seem to grow horizontally and drop roots all over the place. What a mess. The lanceleaf hygro doesn't seem to do much at all. I am not overly impressed with these plants - is there something I'm (not?) doing or are these just not the plants for me? I was hoping they would be more tidy and shrubby like the rotala. Advice?
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