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18gal High - Tall Tangle

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Tall tanks tend to be a pain to scape because of their height, but I think I've found a way to make an effective aquascape in this 18gal tall I picked up. Those tall nano-reefs always intrigued me and I'm going to apply the same scaping idea by piling up wood much like how live rock is piled up in those tanks. The plan is to cover the wood in moss and plant the floor with crypts, keeping it low-light and w/o CO2. The substrate is a combination of clay, fluorite, gravel and pool sand.

Here's the hardscape right now:


I filled the tank today to get the cycle going and waterlog some of the wood. Any ideas on fish stocking?

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apisto or gourami pair! I love heavier hardscapes and lots of wood! though of course ill nudge toward blackwater too :P
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i love this idea. not sure how the anubius could do in super low light they'll end up in especially if the moss takes off.
unless you've planned for that already

apisto's would be cool. i'm not really a gourami lover, they can be such a terrible fish to pair up and find good take mates with.

if you minimized the anubius' and put them on rocks in the bottom, and maximize the sand area, go with shell dwellers! i'm hooked on them recently

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Apistos huh? I have definitely been considering them, I'm just not much of a cichlid guy(yet!) Will they occupy the upper regions of the tangle?

Here's the current tank state, kinda floaty:
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The wood has become mostly waterlogged, allowing me to put the scape together. Water is still a bit cloudy, but I threw some moss in there to start colonizing the wood. Nothing tied/glued down yet, just letting moss float around and do its thing.

In my Clouded Creek tank, I have white clouds that hide all the time because they just don't jive with the 'scape and I'd like to move them to a more hospitable tank. (then turn their tank into a shrimp tank). I'm thinking of putting the white clouds in the 18tall and turning it into a cold-water tank. Maybe add a paradise fish to spice things up.

What do you think folks?

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Whew, been a busy quarter at school for me. Winter break is in full-swing, so I'm away from my tanks, but I figured I'd post a little update.

I've colonized the tall tangle with a half dozen white clouds from another tank. They've all settled in nicely, but I'm not set on their permanent residence. They would hide all the time in their previous tank and they seem much more comfortable in the 18 tall.

I might keep it unheated and add a paradisefish, but I kinda had my heart set on the tank being a southeast asian biotope-y sorta deal with a load o' crypts. Pics are forthcoming!

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