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MateoM 10-09-2012 09:29 PM

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I have been reading this forum for quite some time now and have finally decided to post my first aqua scape/hard scape attempt.
I call it Snowland due to the super white sand I used as a substrate.
I'm thinking about adding a tall plant with wide leaves in the far left corner and the tiny Anubias thatís already there is just a placeholder.

It's a 40L tank with LED lights, 600L/H AllPondSolutions filter and a 50W slim heater. I also use purigen to clear the tannins released from the wood since I've only been soaking it for a couple of weeks.

I think it still needs black maybe blue backing to cover the "magnolia" painted wall, filter and the cables behind the tank.

It's currently stocked with 5 Zebra Danio's, 5 young Cardinal Tetras and 1 juvenile swordtail (didnít want to go to the main tank with its family).

I hope you will enjoy watching the pictures and I'm open to any suggestions or criticism.



Chrisinator 10-09-2012 09:30 PM

Reminds me of Game of Thrones.

Vincent Tran 10-09-2012 11:32 PM

That tank looks great! The only thing is that the piece of wood on the far right kind of throws me off..

MateoM 10-10-2012 08:50 PM


Originally Posted by Vincent Tran (Post 2038165)
That tank looks great! The only thing is that the piece of wood on the far right kind of throws me off..

I didn't even realise but now that you say it, it is a bit out of place on these pictures.
It looks better placed when viewed from a different angle, a bit higher up, but I wil try to rearrange the wood to make it look more suited.
My original plan was to have branches sticking out to the left and right but since I couldn't find suitable branches I used bog/drift wood pieces.

Gabez 10-10-2012 08:59 PM

make sure you take the anubias roots out of the substrate they grow better rooted to rocks or driftwood where the roots can feed off the water column

RCode 10-11-2012 03:07 AM


It's sad what algae will do to that beautiful white sand. :(
I think you may be pretty good with the LEDs though. Any clean up crew planned? Some nice cory cats or a dwarf pleco is always nice.

MateoM 10-11-2012 09:57 AM

Thans for the advice, it does have some roots above the sand. Anubias is just a placehoder for a bigger plant once I decide what I want. Can you suggest any medium stem plants that would fill the empty space on the left without huge light/co2 requirements?

I'm not worried about algae, the tank has been running for 8 weeks with swordtails that produced a lot of waste and no sign of algae yet. I will hoever admit that it requires a bit of maintenance. That isn't too bad, 5-10 minutes every few days keeps me away from setting up new tanks for now (already have 4).
Also I have 5 red cherries in there and plan on adding a few snails (suggestions). I'm not a big fan of corys and plecos will not fit to that tank very well. It's too bright and would need some hiding places. Thanks for the suggestion.

DogFish 10-11-2012 01:43 PM

I like the HardScape . Reminds me of the mountains in winter.

I would raise the rocks maybe an 1" or 2". I would only plant with Christmas tree moss in/on/around the rock bases. Then make it a SSS grade CRS tank.

Or a few African Butterfly fish swimming around the top of the "mountains" like some kind of little mythical dragons. :smile:

happi 10-12-2012 05:23 PM

for some reason when i saw the pic, it reminded me of Halo

MateoM 10-13-2012 10:08 PM

I'm glad you like it and love the suggestions. I haven't seen African Butterfly fish before and it would look awesome. Problem is that the tank is too small for even one.
I'm planning to re-scape my main tank and you got me thinking, maybe I'll change my original plan and scape it with these fish in mind.

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