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Neatfish 02-08-2013 05:49 AM

Not happy
 
I want to move stuff around I'm not happy with my tanks look. Got ideas?

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/EDM95/d4-2.jpg

Tank Man 02-08-2013 05:55 AM

Driftwood and/or more rocks?

Ashnic05 02-08-2013 05:57 AM

What kind of "look" are you going for? It depends on your personal preference how you want it to look...its half the fun! I like more objects in my tanks so I would recommend drift wood and some rocks. Are you going for a jungle theme with your plants placed randomly? Or do you want a cleaner look? Give us ideas of what you are wanting...

Dx3Bash 02-08-2013 06:01 AM

Get a nice piece of branchy looking drifwood and tie some moss or java ferns to it. Add another plant or two and call it a day.

Neatfish 02-08-2013 06:02 AM

Not really sure right now but I would like to move plants around. I tried driftwood but could not get it to sink or ever get it clean.

aluka 02-08-2013 06:23 AM

u have to boil it for hours to clean it, and soak it in water for about a week to get it to sink

I3raven 02-08-2013 07:34 PM

Look into getting Malaysian Driftwood, it sinks right away and you do not need to boil it, but it does help get rid of the yellow colored tanins. I would recommend getting a multiple branchy pieces to create one large center piece.

Waters 02-08-2013 08:04 PM

I personally would add some type of hardscape and a lot more plants. I am sure eventually yours will grow and fill in buy I am too impatient :smile:

sarahspins 02-08-2013 09:30 PM

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Originally Posted by I3raven (Post 2482658)
it does help get rid of the yellow colored tanins

Purigen in your filter will also pull the tannins out of the water really quickly if you put some DW in without soaking/boiling it first. I had a tank that was practically coffee colored from the DW leeching so many tannins in the water, and it was crystal clear withing 24 hours of adding purigen to the filter... almost like magic :) I also had a piece of DW in my 55g that would not sink for anything - I ended up floating it in the tank for nearly a month and then weighing it down.. it eventually got waterlogged enough that it stays down without help, but it took a surprisingly long time.

As far as where to go with your tank.. what do you want it to look like? Personally I'd add some driftwood or at the very least some rocks and some taller stem plants in the back to hide the heater.

MSG 02-08-2013 09:50 PM

  • Is this the same tank you had setup back in September 2012?
  • Are you using an automated timer for your lights?
  • What type of lighting are you using?
  • What's the K rating for your bulbs?
  • What are the other inhabitants of the tank?

Neatfish 02-09-2013 12:30 AM

I have a T8 10k light. Neon,glowlight,rummy nose tetras and ghost shrimp. 6hrs light a day.

acitydweller 02-09-2013 12:33 AM

too sparce.... lacks focal point...

Neatfish 02-09-2013 02:03 AM

I'm using co2 booster every day and flourimulti two days a week.

ggsteve 02-09-2013 02:12 AM

Well, if we are just working with what you have: first I'd move that heater way over to the corner. Second, I would cluster your plants in groups of single kinds instead of just having them spread all over. I would choose your largest plant and try to make that your focal point (right now the heater is your focal point).

Kathyy 02-09-2013 07:56 AM

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Originally Posted by ggsteve (Post 2486194)
Well, if we are just working with what you have: first I'd move that heater way over to the corner. Second, I would cluster your plants in groups of single kinds instead of just having them spread all over. I would choose your largest plant and try to make that your focal point (right now the heater is your focal point).

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I would also find some rocks and/or wood to make a strong hardscape. Wood might be easier to work with in your tall tank.

6 hours with a single T8 bulb? How about trying to increase by 1/2 hour a week to about 10 hours a day? Stop if you get concerned about too much light causing algae but I suspect you won't have happy plants until they are getting at least 8 hours a day. And a timer is an excellent idea.


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