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Old 10-18-2009, 04:23 AM   #1
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:19 AM   #2
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I like the moss rock rim idea, compliments the nice array of stem plants.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:08 AM   #3
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I think it looks very good! One thing I would suggest is to smooth out the substrate thats in the foreground, and if wanted, you could plant a carpeting plant. If not, it would still look really good.
For fish, I think you should do a good sized group of Black Neons
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:28 PM   #4
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I was thinking 15 black neons an 15 rasboras. Or ahould i just do one big group. And i ordered glosso and it never came so i will be calling them and planting it soon. So great suggestion because that what i was thinking exactly!
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:47 PM   #5
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Hi,

I'm no expert, so please take my opinion lightly

Maybe you could fill up the empty spots where the "ground" is visible with more plants and stuff...the middle looks a little bare...

...but maybe you don't even want to go for the more bushy look?

Besides that I like plants, they look good.
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:54 PM   #6
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i am actually planting glosso to cover the whole ground. i ordered it but it didnt come with the shipment so its coming wednesday. i wanted the "walkway" type of look so i plan to have both sides come together more than they are now. as they grow it will look better i believe. and i appreciate all opinions, negative positive or neither.
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:54 PM   #7
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That is a very nice tank. Maybe you could add some swords or other tall green plant to go in the center background to hide the heater?
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heater is gonna go. either inline or smaller heater.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:00 PM   #9
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If you have a canister filter then I definitely recommend getting an inline heater. It makes the tank look so much better.
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what heater would you suggest?
i also want the glass inflow/outtake filter pieces from ada but theyre so expensive. maybe down the road
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:13 PM   #11
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I would go with the Hydor ETH 200 or 201. They're really the obvious choice unless you have a Rena Filstar.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:18 PM   #12
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i am actually planting glosso to cover the whole ground. i ordered it but it didnt come with the shipment so its coming wednesday.
I'd like to see how that turns out once you cover the ground.

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i wanted the "walkway" type of look so i plan to have both sides come together more than they are now.
Maybe you could put like an arch over the walkway, like an entrance or something.
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:05 PM   #13
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UPDATE:

well the Limnophila hippuroides did not make it. instant brown and just fell apart. pretty gross actually. the cabomba shot up like crazy so i think im just gonna spread that along the whole left back half. all the plants have grown pretty quickly. pearling like crazy. need to get a powerhead because the left side is standing still for the most part which may lead to some algae outbreak. also, think i may switch the rotala roundofila (sp.) with the nesaea red so there is a distinct difference between the rotala and the stargrass. also it will be closer to the golden rule. well heres the tank with planted glosso. let me know thoughts!!
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Old 10-25-2009, 04:32 AM   #14
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Very interesting, at first it seemed very "non-aquatic" like a garden with the rock bordered plant areas. But you mentioned you wanted the walk way kinda feel. Your plants look great. Good job
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