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Old 07-09-2013, 12:52 AM   #1
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I just planted this tank 2 weeks ago. I'm really happy with how the plants look. I was thinking of adding some driftwood, I'm open to suggestions and please let me know what you think of the tank, good and bad
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:23 AM   #2
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looks good! I would highly recommend getting driftwood, it will make it more natural, and I would get rid the skull if it was me...maybe also getting some smaller fore ground plants rather then just having huge plants..thats just my two cents!
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:28 AM   #3
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I think it looks good too and I agree with hutch11 - add driftwood and some short foreground plants. Also, you might try some plants with a reddish color for contrast.
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Just wait until those swords get so big you can't see in the tank
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Yes, I agree. I would love to add some driftwood. I was going with an amazon themed tank. I just put some peat in the filter to get the black water look. I have the skull there as sort of a place holder for the drift wood. I was thinking either thin branches or a stump. As for a fore ground plant, I would like something that carpets, any suggestions?
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:58 AM   #6
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I prefer driftwood/rocks for a natural look, but it still looks good. If you really like the skull, I would wiggle it down into the substrate more and maybe attach some java fern/annubias/moss to make it look like it has been laying in the bottom of a river for a while.
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Well I just ordered 4 pots of staurogyne repens for the foreground. I really like the look of this plant and its from the amazon as well so it fits the theme.

Does any one know of any good websites to purchase manzanita driftwood, or any other type of driftwood that has smaller branches?
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:52 PM   #8
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I would contact plantbrain (Tom Barr) here on TPT. he'll send you a box of random ones you can piece together branches or look at this thread by hydrophyte here on TPT, he has pics of the ones he has or you can pm and ask for something specific.
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Well I order some drift wood from plantbrain. Boiled it and put it in the tank. Not sure if I like the way it is now or if I should lay it down instead of standing up.

Any suggestions?
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:36 PM   #10
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It would be easier to see the driftwood, I'm assuming manzanita, in a picture out of the tank to have a suggestion. It is one piece correct? If you had multiple pieces of gnarled curvy branches you could have made a type of mangrove, Witt the wood weaving inand out of the plants with a bit of moss attached to them.
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It's three pieces. I actually got a whole box of it. these are the thinest pieces, the others are thicker. I'm getting some angelfish soon and I'm not sure how big they are so I didn't want to over crowd the tank with drift wood. But I do like that idea
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Well you could always do my suggestion. But put some lower towards the ground and some higher to make it more depths, and have open water in the middle,
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