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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 09-22-2007, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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New Scape - Opinions?

Picked up 2 onion grasses today. This is a *START* to filling in and rescaping. I'm hoping to have a moderately planted tank that some Discus will enjoy. Anyway, here's some pictures:

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It's hard to tell from the pictures, but the way I rearranged the rocks and piece of wood, there are more hiding spots, and the bonus is that I can actually see every spot from one angle or another. So I can keep better track of my lil friends. :-)


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Ummmm kinda looks the same???? No???? LOL...GREAT JOB nevertheless there gurlie...


Ps, that one fish in the 1st pic has a rather large lump??????

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^^Yea that Snail is Huge, Its like a lump in the ground,

Looks very Nice Next step get Some Dwarf Saggs they would look Nice in that tank A army of Dwarf saggs would do it,

Nice camera looks very high tech

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Amanda, when can I come pick up my XP3 your selling me back?


On a serious note, which for some reason is hard to do with you, it does look nice. Your doing a great job on reading up on things and all that. Keep it up and have fun with it. Are you going to that track day? Its a day before my birf day!!!

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I'm sure I'll be there. It's hard to tell from the pics, but I moved one of the rocks from the left side to the right side, and moved the piece of wood from the left to the right, too..it free'd up that side and the back corner. I had to move some of the cabomba. The tall plants in the right corner..there were a couple smaller ones in the front, and I moved them to the middle of the bunch to make the look more full/compact.

The camera is a Nikon D50..entry level DSLR.

Oh, and the snail is gone. There were 2. They live in a koi pond now.

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Looks good, I agree some sag would look good in there. I like what you did with the rocks, me thinks a big java fern would look good on top of them. Looks like you already have a small fern there?

A few suggestions, what is the red plant on the right behind the wisteria? I would put it in front of the tall wisteria, chances are the wisteria will grow faster, IME it always becomes a space hog so is confined to the back unless I'm using tops to decorate the mid ground. If that is red ludwigia then it would be the same situation I had in the past, I ended up propagating tips of ludwigia and grouping them to form a short bush around the taller wisteria. Those two have always competed neck and neck for me but wisteria always wins by a yard. Either that or move it to the left (inside) of the wisteria to create a spot of contrast toward the middle of the tank.

Second suggestion, turn off the flash. The stand does look nice though, as well as the huge fish.


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I don't have enough natural light to turn off the flash. I tried. :-)

I don't have any idea what those plants are. All the plants came with the tank. I'm going to do some more moving around soon, but it's quite a production. Have to have the husband help me remove the canopy so I can reach the bottom. Then my hair kept falling into the water. I soaked 2 shirts. It was umm..fun. lol

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looks like you have lots of hygrophila difformis there and some crinum sp.?

oh yeah, turn off the flash. put only the aquarium lights on, no other ambient lights helps a lot


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I'll try to take pics without flash, but it hasn't worked so far. My house is surrounded by giant wetland trees.

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PS Thanks for the suggestions!!

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What are thoughts on hairgrass? I want a real short grass to start at the end of the rocks and go to the right side of the tank. I read that it spreads..I don't mind it spreading back, but is it easy to keep away from the rock area? Or maybe I'll like the look and let it take over..lol.

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Your off to a really great start and it looks good.

I'm not sure if you know that fruit tetras are i dyed fish and it's really painful for the fish. I just thought you should know.


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Someone tells me that at least once a day on here. I should add it to my sig that I know! ;-)

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Hey Amanda, those tetras are dyed, which means in the future there going to loss there color, dont get scared and think there dying, just figured Id let ya know this, as soon as i read that I figured Id post this...

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OMG!!! there's a pretty girl in the aquarium! save her!!

Seriously though, tank looks pretty good.
What are your specs? lighting and substrate especially.

Hairgrass really likes decent substrate and direct, fairly intense lighting.


One tip- when the tall plant starts growing, if it's not already, cut it in sections about 5" each and plant them an inch or so apart, that will give them both a denser planting, and it will cause them to grow bushier, and less leggy.

Oh, and pull the crinums up a bit. they like the top 1/4" of the "onion" above the substrate.

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