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Need some help with my aquascape (updated 4/18/06)

This is my 10 gallon. You may remember I had a serious algae problem a few months ago.
Here is how it looked than:



Well, that has now been taken care of!!!

Now my only problem is taking the aquascape to the next level. Someone please help me!! I am very open to suggestions!!!

Some specs:
10 gallon
36watt compact florescent
HOB filter
DIY Co2 into filter intake
Fluorite
Flourish Excel 1ml a day

Plants:
Rotala indica
Stargrass
Baby Tears
Glosso
HC
Blyxa japonica
Java Fern

Fish:
6 Celebes rainbow
1 Otto
1 SAE

Here is how it looks now:


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Congratulations on controlling the algae!

I'd actually just leave it to grow. Once the groundcover and ferns proliferate it'll look really good. You may not even need those stems in the right hand corner.
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I think awrieger's right that the rotalas kinda clash there-- I'd actually move them to the other corner behind the wood where some filling out needs to happen. Besides that it looks good-- though I'l swap out those river rocks for some anubias.
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the scape looks good to me ,but the one thing i would do is move is the rotala red to the other corner like you said, so it creates create a more flowing appearence
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Way ta kick A$$ on the algae!!!

You could do what the others said, or just let it grow in! I think either way its goin to be a great tank when it grows in!!
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If nothing else I think the river rocks look too much like they were put there by human hands. Too evenly spaced... I'd like a more chaotic arrangement.
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Wow, thanks for all the encouragement!!! I think I will move the Rotala, and than just let it fill in!! Keep an eye out for updates!!

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I for one like it. I think it needs some time to grow in a little more.

I like the idea of the rock...just not those rocks. The rocks just look too smooth. They need to be a bit rougher in my eye.

They also need to be all of the same color and pick up some of the color in the Flourite. That always helps make rock look more natural and less placed to me.

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Momo's right that they're too smooth . . . also don't like the stripy patterns on them. However, I feel the color added (the color dark green because they're covered in algae) is correct, and balances with the (ugly) red of flourite, making at least somewhat decent looking. That's why I think some anubias would look great in that area-- also has a consistancy of shape with glosso.

It's just my opinion but in tanks with flourite (including my own when I use it) I keep thinking "Oh god I can't wait till the plants cover up that fugly substrate"
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Ok, a little update:

I moved some things around, and than just let it go.

Let me know what ya think!!


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nice work... the latest pic looks really nice. a fantastic scape in progress! is that micranthemoides in the back right? you will find that it will be overgrown by the hygro, etc on that side of the tank and you will not be able to see it at all, or it will be so overwhelmed that it will look strange back there. i would move it in front of the stargrass next to the corner of the wood in a little bunch, and let the hygro have the background and the stargrass have the back midground, with the small bunch of micranthemoides softening the edge of the driftwood, but not going all the way across in front of the stargrass. but that's just me, i think you've got a good thing going!

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Hey mshaeffer: Looks great! It has changed quite a bit in a month's time.

How are your Celebes doing? Any problems or losses since you first put them in? I am thinking about getting some.
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wow its come so far! IT LOOKS GREAT! when that glosso( or is it hc?) grows in its gunna be sweet i think it is almost ada quality! i Think also that the hygro will grow a bit too much for the tank sape mabey put some tiger lotus in there i think that'd look great( in the same place as where the hygo is) also this wil add a bit of colour! keep it up!
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Celebe are doing great!! No losses, and they are fun little fish to watch!!


D.gilly,
There is glosso and HC in there. The glosso is in the foreground and the HC is coming across the rock in the center! I don't think it is quite ADA quality yet! But, thanks for the compliment!!


I just ordered a Milwaukee regulator from Aqua Botanic, I figured $73 was a good price. I was also able to find a gas company that will sell me a 5 pound CO2 tank filled for $65. So, I am venturing into the pressurized CO2 realm!!

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looks good! It seems like the plants are growing quick. Can't wait to see Co2 in action!

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