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madcrafted's nano forest scape (2.6 gallon)

The idea here was to create a minimalist forest scape with some mosses to house a few shrimp. It was quite a challenge in such a small tank to say the least... a learning experience for sure. Although it's not 100% complete, I'm happy with how it turned out so far. I ran out of straight sticks that were tall enough to reach the water line at the back of the tank, so I'll most likely grab some more spiderwood the next time I'm at the LFS. There's still some things I need to figure out like filtration and heat. I'll most likely need to build a diy filter for this little tank but I'm open to suggestions. I'll just do water changes often until then (not like draining a gallon of water is difficult). A small powerhead may suffice, just to circulate water and add surface agitation. As for a heater, I don't trust a majority of those small heaters enough not to cook my shrimp, so I might just do without one if I can't find a reliable one. They prefer cooler waters anyways.

Well, that's about it. There's really not enough going on with this tank to get in detail about. It's just a simple little nano/micro/pico/whatever tank.

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Aquamax 2.6 gallon rimless
Inexpensive clip-on LED
Filter (yet to be determined)
Heater (none)
Ohko stone
Spiderwood
Fluval Stratum substrate
Montmorillonite Clay (pathway)
Fissdens Nobilis
Fissidens Fontanus
Mini Pellia

Here's how I kept the driftwood from floating. I made an insert that dropped right in. Wood was secured with zipties and hot glue to some crate material.





I glued the moss to a majority of the wood/rocks before I dropped it in the tank. This made life easier.





Here's what it looked like in the tank.





Skipping on ahead to post flooding...







Here's the little clip-on LED I bought for like $25. It is a beast! I will be adding a pwm dimmer to it later today. It's way too intense for this tiny tank. I could grow any plant I wanted with this light, if CO2 were added, of course. It's color temp looks very similar to my finnex planted plus. I like it.


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Nice start, I'm impressed you built it first and imagined the substrate - wasn't sure until I saw it all together - looks really good
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Nice start! Very cool small tank. It is a big challenge to scape a small tank!

The slope could be bigger. It's better to start very low at front. If you start with a thick layer at front there is less slope.

You don't really need to add substrate, you can also create height with flame moss.

And try adding some thin pieces in the back for more depth.

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Nice start, I'm impressed you built it first and imagined the substrate - wasn't sure until I saw it all together - looks really good
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Nice start! Very cool small tank. It is a big challenge to scape a small tank!

The slope could be bigger. It's better to start very low at front. If you start with a thick layer at front there is less slope.

You don't really need to add substrate, you can also create height with flame moss.

And try adding some thin pieces in the back for more depth.

Thanks for the feedback, Nigel. After all, It was your scapes that inspired me to try this. I agree about the slope. The front was never meant to be built up that high but the larger sized pieces of substrate made it difficult to get that steep slope I was aiming for. You may have noticed that I covered up quite a bit of the root work on the front left side, that wasn't intentional. I should have went with my instinct and used blasting sand media instead of the Fluval stuff. The slope would have stayed better instead of rolling down the hill and collecting in the front. Live and learn. As for using thin sticks to fill the background in, I plan to do exactly that... whenever my LFS stocks more driftwood. I ran out of thin and long pieces quickly. I didn't have ideal pieces of wood to begin with. Some of them even needed to be lengthened to look right.
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I'm impressed! Small tanks are so hard to scape IMO. Wish I could do this.

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I'm impressed! Small tanks are so hard to scape IMO. Wish I could do this.

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Thanks! If I can do this, I'm sure you can as well. This is literally my second attempt at any sort of aquascape. A little inspiration, improvision and few "choice" words are really all that's needed.
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