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Back in the plant game (10gal) NEW PICS OCT 16-05

Well, I finally did it. I have set up a 10 gallon planted tank after having been out of planted tanks for some 5 years or so. (concentrated more on african cichlids and still have some left).

I know I know, the little building shouldn't be in there but it was a gift from my gf's sister who was in China on business bought specifically to put in the tank.

It is amazing how fast the taiwan moss wall and the java moss are taking over!
Here is a list of what I have bought off a couple online auctions/forums so far instead of going the LFS route for plants.

bacopa caroliniana
bacopa monnieri
Rotala rotundifolia
Cardamine lyrata
Echinodorus angustifolia
Anubias barteri var. nana
Java Moss
Taiwan Moss

Inhabitants of the tank are 3 otos and 10 newly acquired cherry reds. Wow are they ever small and seem to be very hard to come by in Canada! Very, very interested to watch these little guys though!!

26 Watts of screw in CF's (not perfect but seems alright so far)
DIY CO2 (with ladder)
attempting fertilization by way of EI (its a learning experience to say the least)

Have some hair algae but I figure most of my plants were pretty small to begin with so the algae is out-competing them for nutrients. going to go and buy something like wisteria or the like to help out tonight.

Whadya think so far???

Jeff



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I think it looks good. I also think the lil' building looks nice too. My only suggestion would be to try and find a black sponge for the filter intake. The current sponge takes away from the overall look. Good start though.

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I like the building.
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2 to 1 so far.

maybe I should have made this an open vote

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I'm normally really against weird decorations-- but I have to admit that house looks pretty good . . . I think it has to do with the fact that it seems very south-east-asian, and it's combined with mosses which also remind me of that area . . . it works ok. I'd move it to the left though, have it surrounded by moss covered structures-- and the anubias looks funny attached to it.

FYI-- moss walls make a tank look "small" because it draws attention to the flatness and square-ness of the wall. If you want moss on the back, I'd suggest using material like wood/cork bark to creat a back wall with a range of depth to attach the moss to. Another cool idea is to make "mountains" with bamboo to cover with moss. I think it'd benefit to get more of the stem plants too if you can.
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I guess I will keep the little house in there then . I am hoping to find a nice branchy piece of wood to put in tank tonight. I do like the idea of mountains too!

Lets see what I can come up with using the suggestions thus far.

Thanx,

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I like it so far. i do have a question though. What did you make your moss wall out of? I want to do that too and when i go to the hardware store i get blank stares when i tell them what i am looking for.
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What did you make your moss wall out of?
haha, that is the trick....not the hardware store. Walmart is the place (worked for me anyway). In the craft section. I think it is used for some sore of knitting. different sizes and colours, less than a buck for 2 sheets of it.

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I'm sorry, but if the little hut stays, you gotta put some light colored sand in front and around it so it looks like it is sitting on a beach somewhere .

Nice start!!
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That little hut looks typical of the kind of structures you'd find in the paddy fields in Thailand and China... I like it as it is...
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you gotta put some light colored sand
LMAO!
I luv it. I could do add some of my silica sand around the hut. Any ideas how I could keep
it in the desired space without getting silica everywhere??? some sort of very small, thin dish might work.

I made alterations to the layout last night. I will take some pictures later on today and post them.

Thanx for the input,

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A couple of updated pics taking into account all of the input thus far in this thread.


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Attemp at creating a "beach" (I will add more sand tomorrow, it is harder than it looks)


new plant. alternanthera rosaefolia. (its purdy, hope it stays this colour)


if you look really hard to the left of alternanthera there is a little cherry shrimp trying to get in the shot!!
haha


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Any ideas how I could keep it in the desired space without getting silica everywhere???
I haven't tried it myself yet, but I recall others suggesting cutting transparancies into strips, I've also heard of others using cut up plastic milk jugs.
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I haven't tried it myself yet, but I recall others suggesting cutting transparancies into strips, I've also heard of others using cut up plastic milk jugs.
ahh, transparencies my work well. I used a lid from a tupperware container, but trying to cover the edges of the lid put too much Onyx Sand in with the silica.

Thanks, I might try that!

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I think the little hut is great and I like your moss wall too. Your creating a proper little underwater Eastern world very cool!

I do have a question for you though what fish do you intend to put in there? I can only see the one at the moment.

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