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zeldar 11-21-2009 12:20 AM

zeldar's 10gallon tree stump scape
I just set up a hardscape for a new 10gallon tank. I got a great piece of driftwood THE manzanita guy in SnS. I wanted it to resemble a tree stump with roots coming out from the base.

I decided to try the AZOO substrate that GLA is now selling. I tried Aquasoil in my other 10gallon and I HATE it. I set that tank up in June and the water is still real yellow. I have to do a water change every 3 days or I can barely see the back of the tank. Its so frustrating. Sooo hopefully the AZOO will have clear water.

As for the plants going into the tank, I am going to try my hand at a dry start with UG. I've seen so many great tanks on here using UG so I just had to try it. So the UG will cover most of the front and right side of the tank. I may try planting something along the base of the stump. Any Suggestions? Also the back left corner I will probably use some sort of stem plant. Again, any suggestions? What plants look nice with UG?

Haven't really thought about fish/inverts for this tank yet. Its gonna be awhile for the UG to fill in using dry start, so I have some time to think.

Thats about it for now, I'll update with more specs once the tank gets planted. I'm free for suggestions as all I knew for this tank going in was the stump manzanita and UG.



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ZooTycoonMaster 11-21-2009 12:42 AM

Do you notice a difference in the Azoo substrate and Aquasoil?

FrostyNYC 11-21-2009 03:11 AM

I absolutely love your stump. I think Id go with an even more dramatic slope, to raise the stump and "roots". UG grows very short emersed but a little taller submersed, and you wouldnt want to totally lose the stump roots under a lawn.

That substrate looks quite a lot like AS. I'll have to look into that.

CL 11-21-2009 03:14 AM

I agree with frosty. A more dramatic slope would add so much to the scape, IMO. That is really a great piece :)
I'm looking forward to seeing this progress.

EdTheEdge 11-21-2009 02:00 PM

Nice driftwood!

zeldar 11-21-2009 05:48 PM

thanks guys.

I agree CL and Frosty, I do need a more dramatic slope. The problem is I used the whole bag of substrate so thats all I have to work with. I should be able to slope it a little more and just have a real shallow foreground. Would that be bad for the plants to have, say, a half inch of substrate up front? I'll do a little rescape and post a pic later today.

Zoo, obviously I don't have any water in the tank yet so its tough to tell any difference. But the description/info on the bag of the AZOO they said it won't cloud the water. It really can't possibly be worse than my experience with aquasoil. As for the looks, they are very similar. The Azoo may have slightly smaller pieces, but its very similar.

zeldar 11-21-2009 07:44 PM

alright this is about as much slope as i can add, otherwise the roots wouldn't be touching the substrate. Not much of a difference, but a little better.

aquaphish 11-21-2009 10:25 PM

That is going to be a really nice setup. Love the stump.

CL 11-21-2009 10:30 PM

You could bury a rock or two in the back left corner, which would take up space that the substrate would normally take up, giving you more substrate to work with.
Does that make sense?

zeldar 11-21-2009 11:00 PM

CL, thats actually a very good idea. I never thought of that, I'll try it.

I still need some other plant ideas to go along with UG. I'm not going to be doing diy/press. co2. I am probably going to be dosing excel and ferts though. Lighting will be two 15watt CF.

Cichlid Junkie 11-22-2009 02:04 AM

I'm excited to hear your report on the Azoo substrate once you fill the tank. I am going to be ordering some for my 4 gallon Finnex that is on the way!

mgdmirage 11-22-2009 08:14 AM

Awesome stump!

dkbmxr18 11-22-2009 06:04 PM

I have to agree with everyone else, awesome setup! I can't wait to see what the future holds for this tank :-)

Phoenix-cry 11-22-2009 07:40 PM

This looks like it's gonna be a fun one!

NanoDan 11-22-2009 08:44 PM

Nice stump, I like that.

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