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Rescaped the 5.5g " rocks on a hill "

After all my plants died in the last scape I tore it down and cleaned it real good with vinger hope that got all what ever was in in that killed all the plants , sorry alittle clody just filled it up with water , will post more pics after clears up

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petco 5.5g
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blyxa japonica
s. repens
java moss
Bacopa Caroliniana
crypto undulata red


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Flora Max red

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Man I was hoping to at least get one comment befor I got bumped to the next page
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tank is starting to clear up some and also this will be turbo's new home

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Looks like your off to a nice start... looks great. I try to keep I'm mind the scale of things in my 5.5 gallon. In a tank this small even normal size sub straight can throw off the scale. Maybe top your sub straight with tan sand/ play sand. The main thing is you enjoy looking at it! Keeping up with your journal will keep you motivated to keep tweaking things. I find that snails that large can uproot newly planted flora. Weekly water changes make all the difference in these small tanks. Keep it up.


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ya turbo did uproot some in my fluval spec v thats why he is here in this one
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I like the clean look. What are you thinking for livestock?
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Rcs or betta like to do both I can
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Each betta is different. Some will live in peace with full grown RCS and some will hunt them down, eating them or chasing them out of the tank. The water flow rate is the biggest thing( I also have the. AC20). My Betta seemed fine for a while but was stressed and started to get fin rot. After 2 week in Salt water, his fins are recovering and I bought him his own home( clearance Aqueon Evolve4) I now have 10 Boraras Merah, 2 ottos and a handeful,of RCS in my 5.5. I shoved a fluval sponge in the outflow area to slow the rate of flow and diffuse the water energy. It's a fine balance between just enough surface agitation to keep surface scum away and too much flow stressing your fish.
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I decided to take some plants from my fluval spec v and put in here they were crypto undulata red behind the rocks ,rotala macrandra to the left and some more stems of s. repens next to the rocks . Come on guys comments would be appracited does it look better with the new plants or before .

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In the picture above Turbo looks huge! I had to look back to make sure he wasn't some special species of giant snail. Ha. I guess the espresso has not hit yet. Once the plants grow in RCS will have plenty of places to hide. These plants look better than how you had it before IMO. I like the placement of the crypt behind the rock... and the groupings you did with the plants. That is a crypt behind the rock I hope... I was thinking you were housing a giant snail for a minute, I'm not at my best yet this morning. Where is the java moss? I love the mix of wood in tanks so I'd love to see a small thin branches reach out from the back left corner or from the base of the rocks. Scale is important so skinny twisted branches would be cool IMO. My shrimp are all over my driftwood. I realize you are dealing with a small tank so maybe small manzanita branches would work to reach out and would hold your moss nicely. If you can incorporate moss with out messing up the look you want this tank to have, I'd do so, shrimp love it and can hide in it easily. I'd let the plants fill in some, and the tank mature, then add shrimp and let their population grow a bit, and finally try to find a young betta to put in there. That way the shrimp are in first have settled and have places to hide, the betta is young and hopefully will have less of an inclination to hunt.

Your tank looks great, it's just hard to critique without knowing which direction you want to go. I love plants and wood and rocks, the natural real looking scapes win me over. It is challenging to scape in smaller spaces but it can be done. Here are some examples of smaller tanks with branches. These are just for ideas which could be incorporated with or without high tech, mainly I wanted to show the branches in them. I googled manzanita in small tank;





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Nope turbo is a regular mystery snail he is about the size of a ping pong ball . The java moss is on the right side close to the glass on a small rock , if you look in the reflection on the side of the class u can see it , I am probly gonna just put my neon tetras from my other tank in this one due to me breaking down my fluval spec v

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I also was just looking at pics and my plant on the far left doesnt look like the pics of Rotala Macrandra I saw on google , my leaves are round looking and the one I saw on goolge had pointy leaves the pic attaches is the one I found on google , so what is my plant

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I decided to take some plants from my fluval spec v and put in here they were crypto undulata red behind the rocks ,rotala macrandra to the left and some more stems of s. repens next to the rocks . Come on guys comments would be appracited does it look better with the new plants or before .
I think the tank looks better with the crypt but without the rotala (or whatever is on the left) I like the planted one side/unplanted other side look was better but I do love the crypt in the back right.

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well my Rotala Macrandra isnt that red has some but I noticed the top leaves last knight are starting to show pointy leaves so if is kinda looking like the red one


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Here is a pic of the moss and some others

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