Originally Posted by CampCreekTexas
That is really pretty! I like your choice of colors of the substrate and rocks to go with it, then the bold colors of the plants. Very nice.
What are you going to put in the very back? Anything tall? And what inhabitants? Maybe some yellow cherry shrimp? The intense yellows, like neons, might look good and help the yellows of the rocks pop. Then again, some clear ghosts would look nice as well.
Thankyou very much for your kind words... I really like how the tank looks - it's my first ever attempt at setting up a properly planted tank in to substrate and soil etc so really looking forward to how it is going to end up (if it ever does truly 'end' up!!) and am quite proud of myself!!
I agree with the previous posters. Your tank looks great to me. But as said previously, just make sure the rhizome of the anubias is not buried.
lol Hi Andy, it's like talking to thin air sometimes!
First of all I am NOT an aquascaper but here are my thoughts. I didn't like the red rocks on the red soil but after being planted was like a whole different tank! And I think it's planted very nicely. The Alternanthera Reineckil 'Rosanervig' might be better behind the Juncus Repens though just to break it up from the red rocks a bit (I think this is what a real critic might say but I still like it
) Looks like the anubias' rhizome might be buried? It's hard to tell from the picture. If so, you want to pull it up a bit just leaving the roots in the substrate or the rhizome will rot.
I think the Rhizome may be buried but when I tried to fetch the plant up slightly it kept floating... I'll see how it goes and may have to replace that plant with something different. In which case I will definitley go for something a little taller to give a bit more perspective in the tank and hid my filter inlet!.
It looks really nice. The reddish rocks and brownish substrate blend well with the plants, especially since plants like the E. parvula and A. nana have different shades of green.
What are your water parameters like, and how much CO2 do you dose?
. My water is as per the following (only have the Tetra test strips but they have always been reliable for me)
NO3 - 10mg/l
NO2 - 1mg/l
GH - 8 od
KH - 3 od
pH - 7.2
Cl2 - 0mg/l
Any comments (help) on these parameters?
I have been diffusing CO2 from a TMC Aquagro Expert Kit and adjusting until a drop checker indicates the correct level. I have recently replaced the in tank diffuser with an Ista Inline reactor and I have video'd my setup now. I will post a video to here shortly along with a couple of photos.
I'm anticipating another 2-3 weeks before I'm going to be comfortable to start and stock the tank - any further recommendations would be gratefully received. I really like the look of the Yellow Cherry Shrimp so will probably end up getting 3-5 of these. I like the idea of having a fairly decent shoal of fish, i was thinking Neon Tetras but ideally would like something different (less common) - any ideas?. Also - my fiance would like to get a Dwarf Puffer, would that wreak havoc and kill all my other fish or can they be kept with Shrimp and a small shoal of other fish? If thats not advisable then I would probably go for something like a Honey Gourami or similar, again any recommendations are very welcome!
Video and photos to follow!
Thanks again everyone,