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20 Gal, new gravel

lost the sand, went with some gravel given to me by Jdinh. This is the day after changed the substrate. Sparsley planted still w/ the same light setup as before. It looks much darker than w/ the sand. The gravel is shultz aquatic soil. I am in no way done, just a peeker for you.





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Looks great Chad, what esle do you plan on adding?
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That looks pretty good!!!

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Looks great Chad, what esle do you plan on adding?
Thanks!!

John, I'll be adding more light and prob some mosses.


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Sweet, there are some good deals on aquabid for mosses if your interested. I suggest get some moss from Strung_0ut, hes the moss king!
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The new gravel is a really nice, natural color. Wish I could find something like that.

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It looks nice and natural. I especially like the driftwood and the little terrace you have set up.
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Hee, that's looking good. I even liked the red stones.
Interesting wood and you created a natural "hill".

Only hing I would do : the left stones on the front. They are somewhat square and maybe swap them for round ones in lighter colors to get a more even look.

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Thanks for the comments folks.

PJAN, Thanks for the suggestion, in fact I did just the opposite. I add more slate chips (the larger ones about 3-4" across) in the corner and along the back behind the driftwood. It is quite the contrast, and I hope to get something growing on them as soon as I find out what. The stick on the bottom holds back some of the gravel and does create a sort of retaining wall that I like a lot. In the back right corner, I will find something to fill it out behind the larger driftwood. Hope to get some work done on it soon.


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I mounted my new lights, you can def tell the difference in how much tank the light covers. The bulbs are just 2 18" plant and aquarium bulbs from GE, which I know some of you will tell me they suck but I can't afford better ones right now. A few new changes to come soon. RIP AWAY




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Chad, i'm starting to like your tank a lot. I think all it really needs is a nice black background, it reminds me of a nice biotope!
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thanks john, The black background is next. I was thinking about that last night when I took the pics. I also need to find a better way to cover the lights. The long fuzzy plant coming from the back of the tank is out of place and I need to find someting to do w/ it. Its way too tall and I'm not exactly sure what it is. I took some clippings of it and put them in the front left corner. I think now I may move them to the right, back behind the large end of the wood. I hope to get something (java ferns?) to strap on the wood.

I enjoy the look of the scattered planting sceme. I'm not so into the overwhelmed w/ tall bushy growth throughout look. That seems to cover all the other parts of my tank. I don't mind creating a backdrop w/ plants but I think the whole mid-front area should be clear as much as possible to at least enjoy the other decos in the tank.


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Your plants look great how they are at the moment, i'll be getting some java ferns sometime this week! If I have some extras i'll let you know.
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