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Senior Shrimpo 11-28-2012 01:23 AM

Mini-S: New scape, suggestions?
Hey all! You may know me as a shrimper but the reason I got into shrimps was planted tanks!

I have a Mini-S that I've had for a while, as well as some old hardscape materials; I decided to throw them together to make some sort of something or other. This is still in the design phase, it might go all rock at the moment or I might keep the manzanita (special thanks to PC1 for it, you're the best!) and the Seiryu that's in it currently. But as I have to soak the wood first I have a while to decide.

Anyway, anyone have any suggestions?? Should I ditch the driftwood and go all rock (I'm thinking Unzan stone, waiting for Adg to email me back about stones) or keep it like this/move it around a little? Also-- what plants should I do? I was thinking HC foreground and then I'd add some pellia or fissidens to the manzanita, but I'm starting to like the idea of DHG belem as the foreground to look more natural and wild.


^^Hehe there it is on my shrimp rack, next to all my shrimp stuff :P

Any suggestions, comments etc. are greatly appreciated! I wanna take my time, get feedback, and learn throughout this; this is my first real CO2 fueled aquascape and I want it to look nice.


freph 11-28-2012 01:51 AM

I feel like there's too much soil in there. Otherwise, I like it. Very natural looking. Maybe you could tinker with the rocks a little more to make it look more a tiny bit more natural but for now it looks pretty darn good.

MABJ 11-28-2012 02:05 AM

I'm with freph. I love it!

Some things you might consider trying..

Instead of a front to back slope, a side to side slope might look more dynamic in a tank with little horizontal play space.

Otherwise I love it. We approach aquascaping the same way :)

I'm definitely following along, as I LOVE small tanks. I keep them myself lol.

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ADAtank 11-28-2012 04:31 AM

That stump is too big and there is too much soil. Try some branch wood that will fit

Erirku 11-28-2012 04:40 AM

i agree with the others:
1) That DW is too BIG!!!
2) Too much substrate!!!

MABJ 11-28-2012 01:20 PM

I love the stump, even if others dislike it!

I think it could be positioned differently, but I do like it.

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Green_Flash 11-28-2012 09:30 PM

I would go with some nice Unzan.

houseofcards 11-28-2012 10:00 PM

I think that could definitely work. I like big pieces in small tanks, but it can't be touching or almost touching the side (which it appears it is from the pic anyway) and there might not be enough distance between the ADA light and the wood to fully appreciate it. Just my 2 cents.

somewhatshocked 11-28-2012 10:02 PM

Keep the stump! Just lower your substrate a ton, as others have suggested.

Fissidens will be a nice size for the tank, as well.

Perfect tank for shrimp.

Betta Maniac 11-28-2012 10:22 PM

I like the stump too. It would be great with some kind of emergent plants coming off it.

MABJ 11-28-2012 10:50 PM


Originally Posted by Betta Maniac (Post 2092537)
I like the stump too. It would be great with some kind of emergent plants coming off it.

+1 :) I like this idea.

marioman72 11-29-2012 03:45 AM

love the size of the stump! looks a lot like the base of a tree, there could be less soil, but i agree with some of the other comments, try arranging the slope in a different angle maybe at a 45? But love the look and scale of the layout, i can imagine a glosso carpet with lots of Anubis in this tank.

Senior Shrimpo 11-30-2012 02:12 AM

Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I realize there's way too much soil in there haha. Before the tank had been home to some hermit crabs my niece surrendered to me and I had a big slope and branches so they had more floor space.

I decided I'm gonna go with Unzan stone. But in the mean time I can have a little fun and do Seiryu scapes like this:

Note: this is just an exercise in scaping and visualization. I gave myself 15 random rocks and 10 minutes to make something cool. I did take out a lot of substrate. I kind of like it but I still definitely want the Unzan lol

sayurasem 11-30-2012 02:16 AM

The first one is unique!

MABJ 11-30-2012 03:23 AM

I like them both a lot. The second is done often, but it is also more attractive overall.

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