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Old 02-07-2010, 08:14 PM   #1
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16G bowfront scape advice


I am going to transfer all my fish and plants to my new 16G using the old water and new eco complete and sand. But I need help with the scape. Here are all the items:

-Pearlweed (at least 10)
-Didiplus Diandra (5)
-Rotala Rotundifolia(4)- Cabomba furcata (5)
- Nana (Anubias barteri 'Petite) (1)
- crypt wendtii ‘red’ (3)
- crypt retrospiralis (2)
- crypt parva (1)
-other small crypts (4)
-Star grass (6)


- Small branches (8)
-Eco-complete 1 bag
-Existing gravel
-Small bag of sand


So I need advice on how to arrange everything. I was thinking of Iwagumi, but I think I have too many plants and not enough experience. I think that el naturale would be the simplest and least headache.

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Old 02-07-2010, 09:25 PM   #2
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It is O.K., but why do you put so many M&M-s there?

Any fish I don't know about are feeding on M&M-s?
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:45 PM   #3
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Thats my current 10G tank with multicolored gravel. I just included the pics to show some of the plants and their heights.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:27 PM   #4
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I found a nice little store in the flour district (thanks to mikey_hong). I bought the 2nd to last one, but I also really liked the 3rd one. What do you guys think will look better in the tank.
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:28 AM   #5
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Those look beautiful. What kind of wood are they?

The one you got would work very well upright. The second to last one seems more suited to laying on its side or maybe even inverted to look like tree roots.

The bowfront is about 20" long and 18" tall? Almost squarish. I think it that a horizontal wood layout might make the tank look shorter lengthwise or cramped. I'd go with the tree-ish one. Do you have a pic of the wood with the tank, just to see the sizing?
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:37 AM   #6
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I'm pretty sure that its sand-blasted manzanita or a similar variety

In the pic is the 4th piece of wood from the above pics. I hope it's visible with the reflections.
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:28 AM   #7
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So I finally put in the substrate and planted the foreground plants. I have micro sword, dwarf hairgrass, and another one that I can't remember.

Do you guys think that the manzanita from the above post will look nice the way it is?
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:01 PM   #8
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I like the wood, personally, I'd break the branches off of the main, thickest part and place them as if they are protruding from the mound of gravel on the right. If you position it the way it is, you are basically taking a lot of space on the floor of your tank away.
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:11 AM   #9
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I did a variation on what chadly said. I didn't want to break the wood so I just put it in sideways. I think it looks pretty nice, but I will continue working on the plant layout.

The water isn't very clear, there is a sort of cloudiness to it. What can I add to the hob filters to help clean it out.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:07 PM   #10
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I work on 27th and 6th - I am one block from the 99% of those stores. I see this wood all the time, but I am always afraid to purchase it. Is it really just sand blasted or is it also beached?

I am very curious to hear how your fish are doing since this January posting?
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:51 PM   #11
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everyone is doing well. i think the wood that I got was just sandblasted. I rinsed the wood in my tub for a few minutes and then put it in the tank. I think you can go ahead and get a branch from there.
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An update to keep track of my progress.
The dead looking stuff in the right near side is dwarf hair grass that didn't do too well.
In the rear left side or moneywort and some stargrass.
There are some crypts scattered around that are small because they are still recovering.
Dwarf sag is the plant in the middle area.

The pottery piece is a home to one of the apistos.

Of course tips are welcome.
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:22 AM   #13
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How it looks now.

I want to get a few more crypts and some tall plants to use in the middle where the lone red stem is. Also the sword is getting huge. What can I use around it to make a fuller look.

Current light is a stock 15W. No co2 injection. Some air bubblers and water changes are the only co2 intake aside from the hob filter.
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