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01-03-2009 02:24 AM
fishboy87 Actually the cord is running behind the tank from the co2 and lights. . .I don't have a background. Just a black shade in front of a window that I always keep down. I've been meaning to get a background but I always forget when I'm at my LFS and the few times I remember, I'm short on time. The heater is on the very far left actually One of the reasons about the really noticeable equipment is that the rubber band is holding some mesh over the reactor to keep babies from getting sucked in and the val was dying so the equipment is really exposed. Since I added my new filter which blows diagonally over the val, the val is now pearling and new leaves are shootin' up everywhere. I'll give it some time and post some pics when a couple of things grow in and that might help.
01-02-2009 05:37 PM
eyebeatbadgers I'm a little late chiming in, but how about just letting the two big bushes you have in the back span all the way across the back of the tank. Then, a red accent like L. Glandulosa would be very nice, probably about 1/3 the way on the left side.

Also, I'd spend some time hiding the equipment and lines inside the tank. I'd try to paint the filter tubes, or whatever is on the left side black, and move the heater (I'm guessing that's what the cable in the middle is going to) to a DIY enclosure outside the tank.
01-02-2009 05:06 PM
fishboy87 Thanks!

I killed all of the micro sword, the ground cover you see there is dwarf hairgrass.

I don't think I could do what you said because my wood touches the glass. The 4" of blank space I explained a couple posts back was wood area. There is a little bit of space but the majority is shaded by the wood which goes on an angle from front middle to back right in the tank's above 'blueprint'. I'll try to get some pictures of the side of the tank soon so the actual depth of the tank is shown and it would be easier to see from and angle of what plants I could add and what plants I couldn't.
01-02-2009 05:11 AM
brion0 Id slide both the plants in the back center all the way to the right. Put all of the Blyxa comming off the left of them. Add a plant on the right in front of the largest area in the drift wood, something that you could keep kind of low.

I just got some rotalla, 90% of the tops all froze off in shipping. Cut all the dead away, left with 5" of stem an some beat up leaves. There growing 2 or 3 stems each, must be hard to kill. Your plants look very healthy, the micro sword looks good!!
01-02-2009 03:51 AM
fishboy87 Yeah, I was thinking alternanthera reineckii 'roseafolia' for the red. I posted a WTB on the sns for some but no luck so far. . .
01-02-2009 03:48 AM
Mutant Fish A little red here and there would look nice but that's my opinion.It should be how you like it.
01-02-2009 03:42 AM
fishboy87 What about this, behind the topmost point of the driftwood, there is about 4" of blank wood before the glass, what do you all think of a needle leaf java fern bush there?
01-01-2009 11:21 PM
ZooTycoonMaster Either on the right of the Rotala to fill up that blank spot, or on the very left.
01-01-2009 11:10 PM
fishboy87 Where in the tank are you referring to the sword placement?
01-01-2009 09:26 PM
ZooTycoonMaster How bout a nice big Red Sword? Like mine lol.

Or those large crypts like you mentioned. Crypt Balansae should cover up the back left quite nicely.
01-01-2009 08:49 PM
fishboy87 Well, I cleaned up the scape a bit with a trim and have decided what I'm gonna do about plant placement. I'm going to try some alternanthera reineckii 'roseafolia' in place of the l. aquatica and let it grow in front of the rotala to accent it a little. I'll move the l. aquatica so it looks like it's barely rising over the lower part of the wood right on the other side of the rotala and then get some cyperus helferi to replace the val. What do you guys think?

Oh, I can't do the huge rescape thing as my parents want to let the tank settle in somewhat before I destroy it again
12-20-2008 11:54 PM
fishboy87 SdJaCK&SaLLy-Thanks! I just thought it might need something extra as it seems like it looks plain to me.

A Hill
- It's L. Aquatica (Giant Ambulia). Good eye! So your saying to move the rotala bush to the far left? If that's so, I have some thoughts of my own to compromise that because I do like those ideas. So big bush of rotala to the left. Then Giant Ambulia next to it slightly off center to the left or right of the tank and a "street" of red plants. For the red I like the ludwigia you mentioned. What do you think (unless that was what you meant)? Oh, and the rams spawned again and are swimming with the 100+ fry currently. Thanks for asking.

Just to mention, The only time if a rescape will come will be x-mas break or so.
12-20-2008 11:22 PM
A Hill I think this scape could look better if you took the ambulia (what the heck is the name of the plant on the left? It isn't cabomba right? its that other weird spelled stem?) and maybe moved in to the right for the time being.

Then I would cut the central group of stems in half and replant the stems on the left as well.

Finally either pull the stems that where moved to the right and add something that has some red accents and do a "street" going from the back right coming around and accenting the wood and going in front of the stems red ludwigia maybe (spelling is wrong i know...) (keep it trimmed pretty low) or even add some crypts like Wendettii bronze in the midground to give it a bit more contrast, again keep the plant trimmed low. Another option could be a red tiger lily it would need to be kept small by trimming it often though.

Just some thoughts, How are the Rams doing?

12-20-2008 09:18 PM
SdJaCK&SaLLy Personally I wouldn't do anything to it; but it's your tank. It looks nice
12-20-2008 09:04 PM
Originally Posted by fishboy87 View Post
yeah thanks, I think I'll give it a try this weekend. I just got to get my facts on trimming straight before I screw up big
It's hard to screw up trimming. If you see a leaf, stem, root or rhizome you don't like... cut it off.

Sometimes if I am not sure how a plant will look or handle a trim I will just clip one stem or a small part of a plant to see how it reacts. I've learned to train a rather large Amazon sword that way.
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