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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old 06-11-2013, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
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My nano is ugly. Help please.

My 1.50g planted shrimp nano is ugly. I look on here and see such beautiful designs. Help me please.

I have a piece of cholla wood w/ anubias attached, 2 vals, 2 mini vals, java fern attached to snail shell, and moss.
Bottom is dirted w/ small pebble stone. Unfiltered. Low-medium LED light on 5 hours. 74F. No ferts. Shrimp and snail, no fish.

Ideas?
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post #2 of 63 (permalink) Old 06-11-2013, 02:16 AM
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I think the substrate is not easy on the eyes.
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I think the substrate is not easy on the eyes.
No? Shoot. I usually do black sand, but that's what I had on hand.

The tank is now at work so redoing substrate will be tricky. I don't have access to a sink. Hmm. I could cover the rocks but with 2 baby shrimp that could be risky.

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I would recommend keeping the led light on longer like 8 hours as well as get more plants. With dirt your water is basically filled with nutrients for plants or algae so get more plants to help use those nutrients or else you may have an algae issue. Time will tell. Also a small piece of drift wood would be pretty cool.
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Black sand looks better in that tank


But this little aquarium is SO hard to cycle!
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Fluval shrimp stratum or ADA amazonia
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Fluval shrimp stratum or ADA amazonia
if you go this route you'll want to make sure you pay really close attention as Amazonia leaches ammonia at the beginning.

A darker substrate is definitely needed
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post #8 of 63 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Here's the tank as it sits today.
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the substrate is reallly hard to look at. Also the plants are planted rather randomly instead of in an arranged patterned.

Like the 3, normals sags? they are planted in the middle randomly. it would look better if plant them closer together to make it look denser and more striking.

And example would be planting the 3, in the left hand corner with the tallest one closest to the edge and the 2 shorter one in front of it. Then take the drift wood and put it against the back of the tank and use the shell to prop it up at an angle. This would give you a nice back ground.

Then you can opt to add some short plants to make a foreground, or some taller tanks behind the driftwood to add at denser background. Add some color, get some red or brown plants and place in front of the green ones.

But really its the subtrate, lol. It'll never stop looking like a goldfish tank with those rocks =<
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move thermometer to side of tank so it doesn't grab your eye so much. Turn drift wood so it is more on an angle so the left side of it is facing the left side of the tank. Get a nice sturdy rock and prop the left side of the wood up on it. Plants moved to back and sides of tank. More plants to fill in empty spaces. Use shells as nice focal point in front of wood. Maybe some moss balls as well in front. Three in a clump. The pink shell you can also stand up in the substrate in the front of the tank with the nice part facing out. Just my opinion - but hey, you asked for it Just remember to have fun with it.


Substrate is awful. I know its a pain to change out. Maybe a small amount of black just to mix in with it?
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Thanks for the ideas. I want to add Brazillian pennywort and moss balls. Thinking of the pennywort to cover the back and side walls for depth.

Black sand will be added and I'll pick out as many pebbles as possible w/out uprooting dirt.

What about stone? I have tons of rock shapes I could use.

Which way should I place the log? Standing upright like in 1st photos or laying down propped on rock?

So the pink shell w/ java fern more in center? Trying to keep out of the light some. But I do like the way it came out w/ the plant attached.

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Oh, the thermometer was temporary, not staying!!

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Oh! didn't even see it in first photos! It looks good like that but it was hidden. If you want it towards front of tank prop it up on rock. If fern is attached to shell it will look better off to side not dead-center. You also don't want to block the view to the back of the tank. Play around and take some pics. The suggestion of having it laying flat and just moving it towards back of tank is also a good idea. Tall plants behind it, and around the sides, and some smaller ones in front with the nice grey shell.
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Here's today's look w/ all the suggestions. Thanks!

Sand will be black in future. Two baby shrimp need to grow 1st.
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Isn't this a TETRA brand tank?

From what I know about these TETRA Wonders Tank kits with the LED lights. I don't really think you can grow anything other than MOSS.

I have 2 of them & they're both sitting empty of any life forms other than snails.

BTW, how LONG has this 1.5G nano tank been setup?
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