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Rescaping my 20 gal high, need suggestions

Well, I have been aquascaping my 46 gal planted with press. c02 and 3.6 WPG and E.I ferts. I have had this 20 gal set up for about 3 months, its cycled and ready to be aquascaped. I want it to be low tech/light since my 46 gal is high tech/light. I was thinking of adding all white sand, or onyx sand, with java moss on a mesh sheet to stick onto the background, and some either rocks or centerpeice driftwood placed slightly off centered... With some javafern and anubias placed stratigically. I will post pics tomorow with the before/after pictures.

I am thinking of getting shrimp and or african dwarf frogs, a few endlers or guppies, and a school of neons and maybe a peaceful centerpeice fish like a chocolate gourami or something.. Just throwing some ideas out, I basically want to do a darkish,mysterish look hence the dark brown in the driftwood,dark green in the plants, and grey onyx sand for a substrate.

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Oh yeah and I have around 1 WPG (just the normal flourescent lighthood) but I will add another lighthood over the tank so its not too dark, and a aquaclear filter, and seachem fertilizers every water change..

Whadday think? Pics tomrow I promise!

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Sounds like a good idea.

I think the best thing to do is get the hardscape in place and let that tell you what to plant.

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You could make it a low-lighting tank. You could make it with some blind tetras (the kind with no eyes) and some glass catfish. It could be like a cave. You could make it some how to mak eit look dark. Do ya know what I mean? You could put some low lighting plants.
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Thanks for the suggestions, never thought about blind cave tetras, cool idea! I just got back from Petsmart with 15 pounds of onyx sand and I am going to do a rescape tonight so I will post pictures of before,middle, and after pictures later!

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the inyx would like awesome with low lighting and then the light colored blind cave tetras.
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It is still cloudy, but its getting there..I added some african fern,java moss/fern, anubias, swords, mondo grass (will be moved if rotting), and some floating water sprite trims.

I placed 2 small pieces of driftwood and a few grey round stones all covered in java/christmas moss in the tank also. There is a 65 watt light over it so its preety bright!

I added 6 diamond neon tetras, and 2 male guppies and plan to add a chocolate gourami, and a small school of kuhli loaches...

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woah! that looks great i dont think you should add more lights and see how it goes because i like it! very unique
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Thanks for the compliment, Dudley. It probaly looks so unique because I placed the plants randomly when the tank was still completley cloudy...

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Quick update, really random plant placement ATM, I havent really tried aquascaping it yet, its real green though...(added new bulb):


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Update, added water sprite from my 46 bowfront and just letting everything grow in a little, comments welcome..:



ahh.. its a little blurry, sorry about that.

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what light do you got?
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Update..I added a nice, fat ole' african dwarf frog and some more java fern. I also took out some swords, and other plants and added 3 buddha statues, it looks like a jungle, real green, I like it.. :



Oh, and I will add a background, my old one fell off and I didnt notice it till after I took the pictures.

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Hi, cool looking tank. I don't know if it is just my poor eyesight, but I liked the cloudy look of the first picture...
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