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Recently found this old glass vase just sitting in storage while helping the in laws move. I can put this to good use right?



Not looking to get super technical or contest worthy (like I could even), just a little scape for the countertop or bedroom.

Ultimate goal of this scape is to provide a suitable habitat for cherry shrimp that can be easily moved, while keeping the cost relatively inexpensive.

Tank: 2g glass vase (15”x 7”x 4.5”)

Lighting: 5 watt 400 lm led strip

Filtration: DIY Sponge Filter (travel bottle, acrylic tubing, sponge, filter floss, purigan)

Substrate: ADA Amazonian Aquasoil

Hardscape: Black Lava Rock

Fertilization: DIY Macros, Flourish, Excel



Flora: Monte Carlo, Taxiphyllum sp. "Flame moss", Taiwan Moss, Marimo Moss Ball

Fauna: Fire Red Cherry Shrimp, Blue Ramshorn, Micro Rasbora?



Dry Start Method:

DSM 6 weeks

Lighting – 12 hours a day



Fertilization:

Dose Excel, Macros & Flourish with pipette.

First flood – 10 drops excel, 10 drops flourish, 20 drops Macros.

First 2 weeks – 4 drops excel, 4 drops flourish, 10 drops Macros.



Dosing Schedule

Mon: 2 drops Excel, 2 drops Flourish

Tues: 2 drops Excel

Wed: 2 drops Excel, 5 drops Macros

Thurs: 2 drops Excel

Fri: 2 drops Excel, 2 drops Flourish

Sat: 2 drops Excel

Sun: 50 % water change, 2 drops Excel, 5 drops Macros

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Maybe? Yes for now




Planted day 1


Thanks for looking, I will update weekly until flood time! (constructive criticism welcome)




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I dig the rocks but the two color substrate is very distracting to me. Maybe when the foreground fills in it'll fix that


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Wait for it to grow in. Eventually the darker substrate will be covered. Then you'll see his vision.

Nice scape!


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@forrestcook I was thinking the same thing while actually putting the hardscape together - you can see I had a hard time filling the sand in on the right and I still need to adjust it to give the scape better flow. But @Tyrone is right, the vision is there. (hope it works)

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Should I add additional frosted background on the left side, right, both, or leave as is?

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I like it, the sand area is nice! TBH it could be nice if you just kept it growing as a terrarium, although IDK if the Marimo algae would survive.
I would skip fish on this tank, stick to just shrimp. It's a bit too small, plus a lot of volume is taken up by substrate and hardscape.
Also, I don't think you need to frost the rest of it.

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I like it, the sand area is nice! TBH it could be nice if you just kept it growing as a terrarium, although IDK if the Marimo algae would survive.
I would skip fish on this tank, stick to just shrimp. It's a bit too small, plus a lot of volume is taken up by substrate and hardscape.
Also, I don't think you need to frost the rest of it.

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Thanks! Terrarium, hmm I did have that thought at one point but have never tried it. Could I keep any critters or just plants?

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I think maybe just plants but I'm not a terrarium expert by any means! There is probably some bug or something out there you could keep but I assume you would need a cover. You will probably get some small inverterbrates like isopods and stuff like that just over time.


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this is badass. looks huge, but is tiny.
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@Opare Thanks for the suggestions - for now I think I will stick with cherry shrimp, but I like to keep an open mind!
@Tomatoandegg Definitely what I was going for
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Day 7







MC is slowly starting to spread, it has grown many new smaller leaves and some larger ones have died off. Moss is growing slower but still growing

I don't know if I like the look of the Merimo on the rocks, should I replace with Taiwan moss or mini pellia?



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Mini Pellia is the bomb, I agree that the Marimo balls on the rocks look weird. Kinda looks like rock wool that's gone green.


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Uhhh man now every time I look at it I see moldy rock wool. But yeah I was hoping it would turn out a little better. Adjust and move forward!


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Uhhh man now every time I look at it I see moldy rock wool. But yeah I was hoping it would turn out a little better. Adjust and move forward!


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Sorry! Didn't mean to put that image in your mind. It may look better when it's flooded because it won't look as fibrous.


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@Opare Got rid of that rockwool It looks soo much better...

I was able to add more hardscape and get some better perspective to the overall scape. Is there anything else you think I should do for it??

THanks for the suggestions!
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