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post #743 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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I was working on this some more the other night. (Still) in anticipation of the new fish I decided that I needed to have a more consistent fine gravel/coarse sand substrate, so I removed all of the old substrate, then screened out the larger gravel and mixed it with some sugar-size aragonite. I like the appearance.

I also tidied up the planting, but it will need some more time to grow in. I settled on the theme of using the Phalaris 'Strawberries & Cream' ribbon grass in several planters as the main background plant in combination with Ruellia, Asclepias and a couple other stem plants. There is also an Acrostichum leather fern in there. I need to add more trellis rafts with aluminum plant to better cover up the planters.

I removed the little group of Limia, so the underwater area looks pretty bare right now. The Cryptoheros and Synodontis are still in there, but hiding in the shadows in this shot.

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