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post #31 of 63 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 04:37 AM
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Psalm18.2, have you tried searching up iwagumi and natural planted aquascapes? I would suggest you changing the substrate, and arranging your plants/hardscapes in the rule of thirds or following the golden ratio. (Look up golden ratio if you don't know what that is.) Your aquarium would have a lot of potential if you would change the lighting and add a co2 system for your plants to grow. Having that bamboo there doesn't really help either.
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Added black sand. Took out moneywort and ugly shell.
I really don't have much time to play with the tank being at work.

My camera phone stinks. I can't really get a good photo.
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Just a little update.
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Sand height a little too high? Since you're not planting much plants you can easily lower it to get more water volume..

Anyways, you can try using soil and planting foreground plants. Here's some inspiration:

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Sand height a little too high? Since you're not planting much plants you can easily lower it to get more water volume..

Anyways, you can try using soil and planting foreground plants. Here's some inspiration:

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I know, it is too high. The problem is I started with dirt capped w/ stone. Then later I added black sand. I might have to take the tank home and redo the substrate.

I don't have the resources to change out the substrate at work. There's also baby shrimp swimming around and another shrimp due any moment.

If it weren't dirted I'd remove the substrate. I don't want to remove the dirt with shrimp in tank, it'll kill them.

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I think the depth of the substrate is the main thing, even if you just sloped it in the front it would really make a difference! It would also add more depth to the tank because right now it kinda looks flat...
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I think the depth of the substrate is the main thing, even if you just sloped it in the front it would really make a difference! It would also add more depth to the tank because right now it kinda looks flat...
Slop it up or towards the back?

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Got some extra time when everyone was gone tonight to mess with tank.

Removed sand/stone top layer mix with spoon and coffee cup. LOL. Now the substrate is only 1 1/2" all around the tank.

Will get pics when water settles down tomorrow. Baby shrimp were swimming everywhere.

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I can't get this thing looking good!
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I lowered substrate, moved stuff around, and it still looks bad.

I'm not giving up. My next idea will be to use rocks to achieve an aquascape. Should rock pile be center, towards the back, or off to the side? Or should I do the smaller rock to larger rock from front right corner to left back corner?

I will have some of the rocks covered in java moss.

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I'd go with removing more gravel from the front, leaving 3/4-1", then sloped up higher to the back. A nice primary rock off center, maybe more towards the left side, and then at least two more smaller rocks around it to compliment it. Just my thoughts
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I'd go with removing more gravel from the front, leaving 3/4-1", then sloped up higher to the back. A nice primary rock off center, maybe more towards the left side, and then at least two more smaller rocks around it to compliment it. Just my thoughts
How do I remove the gravel without letting the dirt come up? The gravel caps the dirt. I would love just sand.

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As long as you don't mess with the dirt too much, and do water changes whenever you rearrange stuff, you can actually have dirt without a cap. I've done that in a couple pico tanks. Another option is just leaving a fairly thin layer of gravel on the dirt. After a couple water changes, most of the particles that would be clouding the tank should be gone, and if not, a few more water changes wouldn't hurt. You do have to be gentle when adding new water, and all of this is a lot of work, but it's possible to not need a cap.

That being said, there's the possibility of removing everything, and redoing the tank starting with new substrate. It's much more possible for smaller tanks than larger ones.
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As long as you don't mess with the dirt too much, and do water changes whenever you rearrange stuff, you can actually have dirt without a cap. I've done that in a couple pico tanks. Another option is just leaving a fairly thin layer of gravel on the dirt. After a couple water changes, most of the particles that would be clouding the tank should be gone, and if not, a few more water changes wouldn't hurt. You do have to be gentle when adding new water, and all of this is a lot of work, but it's possible to not need a cap.

That being said, there's the possibility of removing everything, and redoing the tank starting with new substrate. It's much more possible for smaller tanks than larger ones.
The problem is there are very tiny shrimp in the tank and they're always on the bottom. I'd like to keep the dirt for the plants.

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Ok, got most of the rocks up for today. Water is so black I can't do anymore tonight.

What do you think of the rocks I choose?
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How should I arrange them?

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What about arrangement of these plants?
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