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Old 05-24-2009, 01:50 AM   #1
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15 Gallon Rescape - Need Advice


So I'm doing a semi-rescape of my 15 gallon low light tank. I'm going to be changing the substrate to ADA Aquasoil, and I'm going to try and grow some glosso. I figure, though, since I'm going to be taking the tank apart I might as well consider some different scaping options. So here is what it looks like right now (excuse my pos camera):







The plants are going to stay the same (i.e. mosses, anubias. adding the glosso obviously, probably either taking out the clover or relegating it to the back of the tank incase the glosso doesn't work out).

I'm looking for some alternate ideas in terms of hardscape placing. Obviously I can put it all back together as it's seen now but with a different substrate, but again I figure I could at least consider some more interesting options.

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p.s. to anyone who is concerned about the angels in there, they're not permanent. my roommate had to move to Boston for the summer for an internship and he had nowhere to put them (couldn't leave his tank here in the apartment since he's not living here next year). They'll be out of the tank by July.
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Old 05-24-2009, 02:13 AM   #2
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I just switched over to AS myself last week. I decided to try a few stem plants (like you, I had none) just to see if they're grow noticably faster in the AS. So maybe add a few stems... I mean, it's really up to you, and what you want to go for. Were you planning on keeping all that moss-covered driftwood?

As an aside, keep in mind that you wont be able to keep fish in your tank for a couple weeks when you switch to AS, so make sure you have a home for them in the interum.
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Old 05-24-2009, 02:15 AM   #3
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I would like to keep it as simple as possible. I've only had bad luck with stems in the past, and I'm trying to avoid increasing my light too much (we'll see what happens with the glosso).

So to answer your question, yes the moss is staying. Really what I'm concerned about is other ways to position the hardscape / plants / substrate to give the tank some more depth. Right now it's like everything is just plopped in there
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:48 PM   #4
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I dunno I like the wood with the moss.

You might like some red in there though, maybe some stems trimmed into small bushes or something.

Maybe a tiger lotus that is kept well trimmed, and have the branches all coming out of it?

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If you want a really cheap, natural looking substrate, use silica sand or sandblasting sand. I think it's way better than that overpriced ADA stuff. I use play sand in my aquarium. Be sure to wash the sand very well untill the water in whatever you are washing it in is clear. I got a 40 pound bag of play sand at my Wal-Mart supercenter for $2.39! You could get shrimp to eat all of the stuff that accumulates on top of the sand. Get micro sword, dwarf hairgrass, or some other carpet plant.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:37 PM   #6
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Looks nice as is, but the back corners look a bit empty, and so does the midground.
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