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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-31-2012, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Yianni's 6G Edge (Pic heavy)

So this is my setup:

Plants:
-A Marimo ball that was split up to be attached to rocks, did not work out so i have them just lying around
-Lilaeopsis Mauritiana

Fish:
-2 happy shrimps

Lighting:
-2x MR11
-2x 3-bulb LED mini-strips (3W each)
Total output : ~10W

Substrate:
-Superior gravel substrate (not Flourish)

Fertilizers:
-I have Flourish and Flourish excel but will wait for other plants
-Added 2 flourish root tabs to help out my lilaeopsis that seems to be doing better

-CO2 canister
(the diffuser is at the bottom of my filter box)

I am well aware I must spray coat my MR11s! will do so REALLY shortly.
This is my first time aquascaping. Been having lots of difficulty. Had a pond snail infestation, could not bring myself to dispose of them in most of the ways people were suggesting, so i have another fluval edge with my betta, my neon tetra and like 40-60 snails!

I am going to add: small piece of driftwood for my 4x java ferns coming and some anubias. I will then start fertilizing the water column. I am also going to place everything towards the middle area where the light is concentrated since I am aware I am not hitting the 0.5W/G threshold. I do not want to change lighting too much so as to keep tank looking sleek. Do you think adding those low-light plants will force me to increase lighting, or will the fact they are placed in the middle compensate?

Any advice for me (being a beginner) is truly appreciated. I will post updates!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-01-2012, 04:11 PM
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welcome to the forum. You have a nice tank to start off with. As far as what you should do is what you want. Just hav patience people will comment. It's just sometimes it takes awhile for people to comment.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-01-2012, 04:18 PM
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Welcome to the forum, IMO the rocks you have placed look ....just that. Maybe move them together and place them just offset so they are not slab bang in the middle. You could always create a hill on the opposite side for tthe plants so 1) it wont be flat all the way through and 2) your plants will be closer to the light. Dont expect immediate results, you will need to play around with the scape a few times until you feel its "perfect" also once the plants fill in it will look more natural......Patience is the key though ;-) Good luck
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Here is an update.
I received my java ferns from Taiwan (they are NOT planted into the substrate, simply tied up and wedged between the 2 rocks)
i also bought a few crypts that I planted behind the lilaeopsis.
A new marimo ball and a mini driftwood with some moss on it.

It seems that some of my crypt leaves are melting or turning white, but all in all, besides some algae bloom everything seems ok.

Any advice or comments would be really appreciated!
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the rescape is a lot nicer. some tanks go with a more balanced even look, but the asymmetry is where I think its at :P i also like the window that your plants are creating on the left. i would think if you add anything more it would be nice to reinforce that shape, maybe with a path down the middle of sand or HC, and then allow the rest of the tank to grow with something a little taller. very nice though, its very sleek looking
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I totally agree! my only issue is lighting, since its an edge and all. I have about 10watts with my mod for my 6 Gallon tank, which is also why most of my plants are close to the middle (where the light is). I'm just worried to overpopulate and not have the sufficient lighting. My crypts are losing some leaves too... we'll see how it goes in the next few weeks
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added 2 Otto algae cleaning fish to help out with the algae bloom I was getting. All plants seem to still be doing ok. As much as I'd love to add more plants and make it that much more exotic, I don't have much light (10w/6G).
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Update

OK there has been GREAT changes to the tank.
Mainly, addition of a new light fixture in front of the box (silver one) which will help when I get my batch of dwarf baby tears for the foreground.
The crypts have grown A LOT
So have the Java fern to the point where I decided to put some in a low tech one where I added some light and dose excel flourish. (in the means of new growth under the leaves)

My gf surprised me with way too many fish, so I am doing whatever I can to compensate. There are about 6 neon tetras in each tank. In my main one, there are also 6 amano shrimp... I know... Hopefully will get job soon to support purchase of big aquarium!

The vallisneria is not doing as well as hoped.
In the back there is a small piece of driftwood with the java ferns attached (on the right) that has some phoenix moss doing good.

The lileaopsis in the front is hanging on..
When I get the baby tears, I will rescape to be able to see the driftwood, probably by sending a lot of the crypts a little to the back and sides. The only challenge is that the is java fern on the driftwood so I cannot bring it too far front since it will cover view.

Any advice and comments would be nice! This is my first planted tank ever, and I gave myself quite a challenge, mainly for lighting and co2 by getting a darn edge!
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I got sick of the crypts hiding my small driftwood (with the fissidens fontanus and java fern attached) so I decided to move them to the back.

I pulled off some of the new growth from under my java fern leaves and put them on the right wedged behind a small rock.

I JUST ordered 10x (5cmx5cm) of Xmas Moss to fill up the left part of the foreground. I initially wanted HC baby tears but all the LFS around my house said good luck.

Anyway. I am upset at my damn Fluval CO2 system. Those damn 88g tanks seem to be emptying every 3 weeks at best.... They come up to like 12.50$ a bottle. I guess these are noobie problems related to this being my first tank. I am still a student so too broke to invest in a diy paintball device. Plus the cabinet over my aquarium is too small.

ARGH! Anyway, I can't wait for moss cause my additional new light tower in front is causing a little bit of algea.

Any advice or feedback appreciated!
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I am now waiting for a layer of Xmas moss to fill the forefront to the left of my gravel path!
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Here is the update of my tank with the added xmas moss! very pretty look! quite satisfied with myself. was actually finishing up my thesis so i threw the moss in that came from taiwan and kept em down with rocks. The fact that there was too much of it gives it a natural forest-like density which came off as a sweet look so i kept it rather than try to rescape. what do you guys think? should I tidy it up or keep it like that?
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Here are some clearer shots
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How it looks today

Any suggestions?
I find my neons and shrimp hide a lot in the back since it is an emptyish area, should I find a colorful plant to stuff the back or let them enjoy hiding?
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