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55gal Aquascape - First Try

Hey everyone,
Been lurking the forums every now and then for info and checking out pics so I thought I'd register and share a photo of my tank. I've managed plenty of aquariums before but nothing really with live plants and aquascaping in mind - so I probably don't know what I'm doing but I'm slowly learning as I go along.

Anyways, here's my first attemp at a planted tank. It's only about 1-2 months old and am planning on adding in some more plants in the near future.



Thanks for looking!
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It looks beautiful, love tape-grass like plant. The blue of the tetras really helps the scape, too.

Awesome job. =)
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WOW your first time. You must be born for planted tanks. BTW my dad's name is toshi :-P. you must be japanese.
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That is a beautiful tank. I would never guess that it is your first.
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It looks beautiful, love tape-grass like plant. The blue of the tetras really helps the scape, too.

Awesome job. =)
Thanks I agree about the tetras helping to enhance the scape. They're usually scattered all around the tank so I was lucky to get a pic of them "schooling".

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WOW your first time. You must be born for planted tanks. BTW my dad's name is toshi :-P. you must be japanese.
Thanks for the comments ... and yup, I'm Japanese
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That is a beautiful tank. I would never guess that it is your first.
Thanks! That means a lot
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WOW!!! It is a great tank. I love neons and their colors just pop in your tank. Your tank is beautiful, I need some of them Japanese design genes in me
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WOW!!! It is a great tank. I love neons and their colors just pop in your tank. Your tank is beautiful, I need some of them Japanese design genes in me
Haha, thanks for the comment.
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ustukushii. imakara nani tsumori?

Hoo-rah for the Japanese Design-Genes (My Mom is Japanese, and my middle name is Toshio).

I feel like the taller grasses (Vals?) could be controlled better and thickened a bit. Outside of that, it looks great. I wouldn't add any other plants. Nice use of crypts!
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Looks really natural and plants are very healthy. I think it would look a bit better if the vals were replace by Cyperus helferi.
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Looks good!

I don't think you need to add any other plants. It looks fine as it is. Too many plants may make a big jumble out of things.

I wouldn't thicken up the Vals(?) and either. Let the single plant grow on its own. It will thicken up a bit on its own. Adding more will certainly throw things off.

On your next trim, if you thin out the Vals(?), try placing it behind the Java ferns and the Anubias. See how that looks.

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What is the foreground plant in the middle? I like it.
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KONNICHIWA TOSHISAN,
That's a great first attempt. You will not need to go for a second.
I assume your running pressurized co2?
Where have you been collecting your hardscape, hardware, and plants?
I'll jump on the Japanese badwagon here. My wife is from Nagoya.
We live near Japantown in the Western Addition. I'm always glad to see other SF members here. Have you also checked out. www.sfbaaps.com ?
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Well, I didn't mean add more vals, I just meant that if he doesn't trim out the side shoots, the result should be good-- what, or did I say something that was too obvious?
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toshi, do you have any pics posted of your wet/dry filter setup?
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