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100% nailed it. 10/10. Great scape.

Taking advantage of the tank's height, as you have done, is going to make your experience with shrimp a lot more enjoyable. It looks better, gives them more foraging space and allows for multiple observation points.

Given any thought to a background yet?
Oh good!- Im relieved because I am so done with this part of the build. Not fun.



I guess ill just order a black background. I forgot about that.



I would love suggestions on mosses- this scpae will primarily be just that. Some crypt parva or short grassd in that section close to glass on hill. Some Rotala Bossi towards back, and a few larger crypts in between branches (I just bought a group of Green gecko crypts from member who just advertised them on here. )
The sand will stay open.


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As for mosses I suggest java moss. You nailed it on the other plant ideas though This tank is turning out really well!
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Look at this link of the peacock and weeping moss on branches at bottom of page. those would both be really beautiful in this tank.

https://microaquaticshop.com.au/collections/moss


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Oh good!- Im relieved because I am so done with this part of the build. Not fun.
Loving this scape! It makes me want to set my newest still in the box shrimp kit up that I'm nowhere near ready to. I absolutely love the landscaping part of setting up. What don't you like about it?


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I guess ill just order a black background. I forgot about that.
Just a thought but any local fish store should sell the stuff like .15 cents an inch or so. I'd cut you a section and mail it to you, but think a poster roll and shipping would be a lot more than the background is worth.


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I would love suggestions on mosses- this scpae will primarily be just that. Some crypt parva or short grassd in that section close to glass on hill. Some Rotala Bossi towards back, and a few larger crypts in between branches (I just bought a group of Green gecko crypts from member who just advertised them on here. )
The sand will stay open.
Microswords grow pretty lush in low tech for me. I have issues with Java moss growing around the bases so if you plan to have Java moss might not be ideal though. Some of those mosses on the Australian site look amazing. Really like the weeping moss and mini Taiwan and will probably be seeking those out.

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Loving this scape! It makes me want to set my newest still in the box shrimp kit up that I'm nowhere near ready to. I absolutely love the landscaping part of setting up. What don't you like about it?



Just a thought but any local fish store should sell the stuff like .15 cents an inch or so. I'd cut you a section and mail it to you, but think a poster roll and shipping would be a lot more than the background is worth.



Microswords grow pretty lush in low tech for me. I have issues with Java moss growing around the bases so if you plan to have Java moss might not be ideal though. Some of those mosses on the Australian site look amazing. Really like the weeping moss and mini Taiwan and will probably be seeking those out.
I dont know- scaping the tank causes me anxiety-- just dont like it. Feel so much pressure that it be spectacular.



Im liking the weeping moss the best. Ill have to look and see if anyone has it of our members.


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Hit up your local hardware store, Lowe's, Home Depot, that sort of place. Look in the shelf liner section for darker/black adhesive liner. Cheap, comes in rolls, effective, easy to apply and easy to remove. Plus you can use it for other stuff.

The kind I have and have used for years is this faux leather-looking junk. Texture isn't visible on the adhesive side. The best $7-$8 I've spent on tank stuff.

As for moss... go with whatever you like. But I tend to always steer toward the types that are epiphytic and easy to control. There are some weeping mosses that don't easily attach and constantly have to be re-glued or tied. Christmas, Taiwan, Peacock, Java, they're all nice to work with. Other plants like Fissidens fontanus can be nice.

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Oh good!- Im relieved because I am so done with this part of the build. Not fun.

I guess ill just order a black background. I forgot about that.

I would love suggestions on mosses- this scpae will primarily be just that. Some crypt parva or short grassd in that section close to glass on hill. Some Rotala Bossi towards back, and a few larger crypts in between branches (I just bought a group of Green gecko crypts from member who just advertised them on here. )
The sand will stay open.


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I just bought (sent a PM for) 2 of the 3 portions of Callicostella Prabaktiana moss from the buy/sale section. Thoughts on that one, Jake? Still one left if you want it, Amy. Or if you want more than 1, I can back off or cancel my order so you can get it.

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I like it a lot. But I like pretty much every moss and moss-like plant available in the hobby. Looks especially nice around rock.

Taiwan would have a really nice texture if glued in a few different patches on the wood. Same for regular old Fissidens. Having several kinds of moss is always fun.

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Thank you @Blue Ridge Reef, you keep the moss your ordered! I wouldn't want you to cancel it.

I think Im going to order some of the weeping and some of the peacock. I put out a WTB for weeping moss- I found some one that had peacock moss. - so will see.

Ill go check out Lowe's to see if can find the adhesive liner. Good idea.


Excited that you found that ad for the weeping moss @Blue Ridge Reef- excellent! ( happy dance) Hopefully still available.
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Okay- another frustration. I got the aquarium filled up with water and turned on the pump- does not work!
Ahhh- I cannot catch a break here!
I do not want to send it back now or go through the hassle of contacting for a replacement pump.

Does this pump look like the one I need?

https://www.amazon.com/Fluval-A14652...gateway&sr=8-3


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I purchased a 9 dollar pump on Amazon that was equal to strength of the fluval pump. I wouldn't bother with direct replacements, I would look for a cheaper alternative and also contact Amazon to let them know the pump was defective. Surely there is a cheaper option out there!
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Fluval will send you a replacement. They're pretty quick about it. Definitely reach out to customer service.

I needed a replacement cover for an AC70 that *I* broke. They're sending me one for free.

Amazon will also likely give you enough credit back to allow you to purchase one. Chat with customer service. Contrary to what others are saying (sorry, gotta disagree), I'd try to get the pump Fluval uses since you're going shrimp-only. Unless you can get a pump that allows you to turn the flow way down, you may end up having way more than you need with shrimp.


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What Jake says makes sense. Ignore my earlier suggestion and have fluval or Amazon send you the stock pump, the ability to change the flow for shrimp will be extremely useful.


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What you said wasn't bad advice at all. I just think adjustable flow is a necessity, unfortunately.

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What Jake says makes sense. Ignore my earlier suggestion and have fluval or Amazon send you the stock pump, the ability to change the flow for shrimp will be extremely useful.
@Discusluv: There appear to be a few on Amazon that allow you to change the flow, so that's a good thing.

But definitely try chatting with Amazon first. They can get a replacement to you faster than Fluval.


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What you said wasn't bad advice at all. I just think adjustable flow is a necessity, unfortunately.


@Discusluv: There appear to be a few on Amazon that allow you to change the flow, so that's a good thing.

But definitely try chatting with Amazon first. They can get a replacement to you faster than Fluval.
I got one that adjusts to 83 gph as recommended on another forum because it can fit in the Spec 5. Is that okay-- or should I cancel that one and get one even lower? ? With this one get by Saturday.



I also contacted Amazon

Edit: Never mind, I canceled that one because the modifications I would need to make to it would make adjusting the flow rate impossible.



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