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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-04-2007, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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what do you think? it's my first honest attempt at a planted aquarium...looking for spare CO2 parts if anyone has any...


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I think overall, its very peaceful. The rock on the left catches my eye too much.....i would take it out or move it. The stems are suffering from leggy look because there isnt enough of them. Let them hit the surface and just chop them down.....they will grow back bushy. You can sell the tops or replant near the roots to fill things in faster.

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I would put in a black or dark blue background as it will make some of your plants colors really pop out.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-04-2007, 10:46 PM
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Agreed, Nothing ruins a tank more than seeing wires and filter tubes hanging in it. I've seen a lot of tanks that look really good, but have inlet and outlet tubes, a heater, a thermometer, etc hanging in the tank, with no background so you can see Everything. If I wanted to look at a hardware store behind a fish tank I'd go ask the local hardware store if I could install an aquarium in their showroom window.

I like it a lot otherwise.
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Thanks! Those are great ideas. I've often thought of putting something behind to block that stuff. Through all the recent battles with algae, I kind of forgot.

The stem plants are rather new. I'm still rather nervous of pruning. How far do you cut back when pruning? Cut back 2/3 or 1/2 of the growth?

I'd like to add some fish, but I've not been so good at chosing. I seem to get fish that have too much of a bio load. Any suggestions? I was considering looking for some dwarf cichlids, or maybe a few schools of tetras. I'm worried about it though. I don't want to have another algae problem on my hands.
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Looks nice. Ditto on the dark background....I recently put up black sandpaper behind my 10g and it was a 300% improvement

I would trim down the moss on the peice of wood, and attached that fern. Then move it to the right to cover up the filter outlet & heater. Spreading the 3 larger rocks throughout the tank, not just hte left side, whichc would help balance things.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-05-2007, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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do you mean move the wood in front of the outlet and heater? Will the heater be problem if its touching the wood?
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