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I finally got a hold of a half decent camera, and by half decent I mean just slightly better than my webcam. Sorry about the lousy quality and funky colors.

Here's a full shot of the tank: (yes I know it needs more variety)






My big, ugly blue gourami.








The obligatory neons (plus 1 cardinal)




My blue rams
I think they're both male, but they rarely leave each other.
Maybe the'yre gay, I dunno.







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Plants look nice and healthy. I'd try and 'shape' them some more, give the tank some 'scaping. At the moment it just looks like a block of plants.

The rams look like both males to me too! They don't fight? Weird...
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Well I personally think they're a pair (male and female). It seems that the coloration is giving it away, but I don't know either- maybe they're brothers or something (if you got them at the same time).
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I am not going to advise you on how to 'scape your tank. I just say it looks way better than mine. Beautiful

As to figuring out whether your rams are male or female... Here is a good primer on telling the difference. HTH...

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I think the biggest problem with my tank right now, aside from the fact that it is a monotonus forest of Rotala is my woeful lack of hardscape. I just haven't found that perfect peice of driftwood that suits me.


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I think the biggest problem with my tank right now, aside from the fact that it is a monotonus forest of Rotala is my woeful lack of hardscape. I just haven't found that perfect peice of driftwood that suits me.
I think that until you find that perfect piece, maybe a slope to the substrate, would give it more definition. Making the back right corner 2" higher than the front left edge could give the tank some flow.

Just my $0.02.....


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I don't think it needs more variety at all--I think the LACK of tons of species is actually a benefit to the scape.

"I go right into the aquascaping without any design."
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Well I agree with you on one point; I haven't found my particular piece of driftwood yet either and the one I do have a far too small for my liking but what can you do but keep your eye out?

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Just a quick update for anyone who cares.

I cut away some of the Rotala in the corner and replaced it with some Wisteria, but overall the Rotala is still all over the place. The dwarf sag has gone nuts and really spread out. Oh, and there are fish in there, I swear...





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Oh, and there are fish in there, I swear...

LOL.... what kind of fish, invisible ones?

LOL... no, seriously, what kind of fish?
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2 ottos, 2 corys, 1 german ram.

I did have two rams, a school of cardinals/neons, and a huge blue gourami, but they all died after I had a mishap with my C02 regulator and overloaded the tank with C02.

Guess I should get some more fish, huh?


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I see nothing wrong with the 'scape. A little plain, but none of us are professionals here. It's just a hobby for our spare time and dollars. The only suggestions I have is to add shrimp. It just screams cherry breeding ground.
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I see nothing wrong with the 'scape. A little plain, but none of us are professionals here. It's just a hobby for our spare time and dollars. The only suggestions I have is to add shrimp. It just screams cherry breeding ground.
Yeah, shrimp are definately high on my list. I was considering amano shrimp because I was told they eat a large variety of algae including hair algae, which I'm battling right now.


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Get some more friends for your corys.

You are very capable of growing plants, hard part done. Now just play a little in there. Add a few midground stuff to break up the wall effect. A few different colored clumps along that wall and it could look totally different. Good stuff!
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Trim Trim trim.

Your plants are growing really beautifully- I liked the rotala better when it went all the way to the right side. I thought you should have left the right hand side high with rotala and then scaped the tops down from high right to low left to meet the tops of the sag(?) to give it a bit of flow. Maybe move the wisteria more toward the middle, in front of the rotala to the right of your foreground.. I do love the simplicity of it. Very serene. I keep trying that but my collectoritis keeps inflaming the situation.

Of course I could be WAY wrong. Be careful who you ask artistic advice :-)

And I know your pain on the Co2 fish-kill. Lesson learned...
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