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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2005, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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30 gal riverbank

My hope with this tank is to simulate a bit of habitat from Paraguay or eastern Peru where Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae (red-eye tetra) is found. The primary plant will be H. zosterifolia. Currently I also have some species of native plant which I haven't yet been able to identify. As the stargrass grows in, the native species will be removed. There is also a sizeable piece of wood I would like to add, but it needs to be waterlogged first.

I have tried to take as many cues as possible regarding aquascaping and planting based on what I've observed in nature. While snorkeling around in local waterways, most plant species seem to form large monospecific stands along the banks or on shallow sandbars. That is the intention here.

Lighting consists of a single 4' shoplight (80 watts NO) and DIY CO2 dispersed by a Duetto submersible filter. Fish consist of 15 red-eyes and 2 Otocinclus.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-14-2005, 12:01 AM
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Very Natural looking, the rocks and gravel look good together. It does look very much like a sandbar.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-14-2005, 01:37 AM
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I love it.

It's going to look really great once everything fills in a bit.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-14-2005, 12:28 PM
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Looks fantastic. Such beauty in simplicity. Great job and please post some more pics when it fills in.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-14-2005, 03:59 PM
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I love rocks.

Rocks don't have to be pruned.

Rocks don't melt.

Rocks don't need to be fertilized.

Rocks are great.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-14-2005, 05:50 PM
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I like it! Try to find some more medium sized round stones to make the transition from the large rocks to the pea gravel more credible. It looks like you have a little bit of that going on, but it could use a bit more of a smoother transition to make it look even more realistic.
Your native plant looks a lot like some kind of hygrophila polysperma with rounded leaf tips. Pretty nice!
I like your choice of fish, as well. Overall, a beautiful tank.

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