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my 20L journal*updated 4-23-06*

Page 2 for new pics
first the 2 new additions:
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and i want to switch things up a little(or alot). i feel like the plants look like they were just thrown in there and i would like it to look a little more natural. what should i take out, move,and/or add? all ideas and criticism appreciated.






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Some Ideas:

-Slope the substrate up to the back. Keep it level along the front edge.
-Decide on a shape--Not just "tall" in the back. Do you want the plants to slope up to one side?
-Those crypts aren't good foreground plants.
-Position the wood so plants are growing all around it.
-Perhaps add a groundcover plant?
-Cut the stemplants and plant the tops so you can get more density in there.

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you need the plants to grow in and become bushes to give it that natural look. also i would suggest placing the main display of your tank (wood) to the side of your tank, rather than in the middle. a-symmetrical aquascape? more foreground plants?
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did what you guys suggested. ill take pics tonight after things clear up. it does need to grow out some now before i touch it again and i need to pick up something for a ground cover.
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i still need a ground cover and was thinking of using lileaopsis, what do you think?and again suggestions and criticism appreciated!

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Looks better than before but I am not saying it didnt look good before!

What did you use to keep that riccia from staying put on that wood?

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I can't wait to see the plants grow in now since you;ve changed it. And your wood has some awesome shapeage.
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Looks better than before but I am not saying it didnt look good before!
I didnt like it before!
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What did you use to keep that riccia from staying put on that wood?
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fishing line it was a 7in by 5 in floating patch that i got from a local pet shop for 5 bucks.(lucky me) i boke it up into 4 peices and tied it down.
i added some lileaopsis today and i will take pics when i get a chance. thanks for the compliments. i'll keep everyone updated
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my lileaopsis, i hope it fills in.




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No offense, but if you want it to fill in, you will have to do a better job planting it than that. Try to seperate (cut) the plants into groups with 3-4 leaves each, and plant those (make sure to plant the roots too, don't leave half the roots hanging out of the substrate!). This way you will get fast carpeting from your plants.

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I personaly loved your first 'scape. I don't know why you changed. You have great driftwood.
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No offense, but if you want it to fill in, you will have to do a better job planting it than that. Try to seperate (cut) the plants into groups with 3-4 leaves each, and plant those (make sure to plant the roots too, don't leave half the roots hanging out of the substrate!). This way you will get fast carpeting from your plants.
thanks for the advice, no offense taken.im actually glad you told me because this is my first tank so i have never planted a carpeting type plant. i actually didnt know i could cut it.

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I personaly loved your first 'scape. I don't know why you changed. You have great driftwood
i thought it was a little to cluttered. thank you for the compliment though.
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i just boke up my lileaopsis and want to see what everyone thinks. this took a long time and i would never wish it upon anyone. as said before all comments are welcome.





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I like that you cleared up an open space in the right center. Very... inviting. It draws you into the scene.

Maybe you could try putting the crypts together further towards the middle of the tank, in the left area where you have one growing.
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well i took out the anacharis and added a melon sword and a tiger lotus.here are some updated pics

full tank, kinda fuzzy



you can see the lotus in the corner



where the anacharis was

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