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Old 03-11-2013, 10:58 PM   #1
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Aqua scape help?


Well just wondering if anyone wants to help me tackle this mess I have more plants comin, but I'm gonna start another tank an ill need some help there too.

If you came home and saw this in your tank room what would you do?
Plants: Rotala, 2 marmo moss balls, java moss wall (not growing),java moss on DW,2 Anubis plnts on DW, hornwort,pennywort,an a little nana plant with huge leaves.

Fish: 4 Cory cats,1 long fin pleco,2 guppies, 11 tetras orange glow and neon,2 glow light tetras, 3 simese algae eaters,1 yoyo loach.

Tank: 20H gal
Lights: 2 T12s 1 plant/aquarium bulb and 1 daylight 6500k
Filters: 1 tetra whisper 40 and a 30
Heat: 1 200w heater from Aqueon
CO2: 2 DIY mix in 2L bottles
Air: 1 aqua culture air pump n sandstone.

PICS:
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BTW: Here are other pics of the tank getting started please don't laugh... Ok you can its all good!

Day 1,
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps887395c1.jpg

Weeks later,
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps5d919ffb.jpg

Over a month,
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps10631e0b.jpg

http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps76907eaf.jpg

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Old 03-11-2013, 11:39 PM   #2
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LOL, I see someone else has a healthy appetite for too many plants. Your plants look healthy. The tank could use a focal point, such as a centerpiece plant, driftwood, rock formation, etc. I would start there. I would also reduce some of the tall "background" plants that seem to be in the front of the tank. I would also suggest grouping all stems of the same species next to each other in groupings. Trim the stems that have reached the water surface. Create a front/back of the tank, or if you prefer to have both sides open, put all your tall plants to one end closest the wall. Transition from Tall background plants to med height mid-ground and then to short foreground plants.


I'm no expert and there are others on this forum that have some absolutely gorgeous aquariums, but here is a video of my two day old 75 gallon. Perhaps this will give you an idea of the transition between tall, medium and short plants, as well as some focal points.

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Old 03-12-2013, 01:49 AM   #3
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Agree, put the taller plants to the rear of the tank. Hornwort might as well be used as a floater, it will reach the surface in a couple days at the most anyway and looks ugly as it stretches out.

Put the tall plants in groups behind the driftwood and place the wood near the center of the tank offset by a few inches. Symmetry is not usually a good thing when you are going for natural looking. The moss balls go in front but not in a regular line, more on one side than the other and space them at irregular intervals. The dwarf pennywort can be a foreground that is planted and trimmed but would also look great just wandering where it will.

I like to pull the stems out, lay the pretty tops together and trim across the bottoms to make even bunches and plant close together, about 1 leaf length apart if you don't have many stems, 1/2" apart if you have a good amount of stems.

Lose the airpump but make sure there is a good ripple on the water's surface for good oxygenation. Ripples good, actual water splashing not so good when you want to conserve CO2. If you must use it put it on a timer and use at night.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:14 AM   #4
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Agree, put the taller plants to the rear of the tank. Hornwort might as well be used as a floater, it will reach the surface in a couple days at the most anyway and looks ugly as it stretches out.

Put the tall plants in groups behind the driftwood and place the wood near the center of the tank offset by a few inches. Symmetry is not usually a good thing when you are going for natural looking. The moss balls go in front but not in a regular line, more on one side than the other and space them at irregular intervals. The dwarf pennywort can be a foreground that is planted and trimmed but would also look great just wandering where it will.

I like to pull the stems out, lay the pretty tops together and trim across the bottoms to make even bunches and plant close together, about 1 leaf length apart if you don't have many stems, 1/2" apart if you have a good amount of stems.

Lose the airpump but make sure there is a good ripple on the water's surface for good oxygenation. Ripples good, actual water splashing not so good when you want to conserve CO2. If you must use it put it on a timer and use at night.
Thanks for input, I only use the pump at night in the mornin about 1-2hours before the lights come on the pump is off.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:50 AM   #5
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Looks like you have a tornado simulator in your tank
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