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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-21-2008, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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I'm setting up my low-tech CRS tank in a week or two and decided to play around with the hardscape a bit today. My intentions are to cater to the shrimp, first and foremost, all while creating a pleasant aquascape that would looks neat sitting on a desk. But first some info...

Tank: AGA 15g 24x12x12
Substrate: Amazonia II
Filtration: Aquaclear 50 w/prefilter
Heater: Stealth 50w
Lighting: Coralife T5 (2x15w)
CO2: DIY Jello method through Rhinox diffuser

I had anticipated a high-tech setup all the while thinking about the final scape for this tank, but my recent fascination with CRS essentially ruled out that idea. Now I'm playing with 2wpg, DIY CO2, and little, if any, ferts. With that in mind, I went to work on the hardscape.

The first scape is dependent on my ability to grow Glosso, as I've all but ruled out HC. The driftwood in concentrated to one side of the tank with branches extending on what would be a carpet of plants.



The second is your typical explosion-in-the-center layout.



Xmas or flame moss will line a fair amount of the driftwood, and anubias petite will surround the base of the driftwood, but other than that, I'm stuck. Anyone care to offer suggestions for either layout, as far as plant selection goes? I'm leaning toward the second layout at this point. Sorry fo the crappy pictures. I had to use my camera phone as the digital was MIA.
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I think the first pic looks better.
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i like number 3
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The first one is better. Would look great w/t something like flame moss on the branches and a glossso carpet also some riccia somewhere. Why not HC?

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I'm leaning toward a glosso carpet, but not sure if my lighting/CO2/fert situation will sustain it. HC is ruled out as I'm sure my low-tech setup won't allow for adequate growth. Any input on the glosso situation?
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number one definately, add a black background, plant HC, add a few low rosettes in the back and it will be B-E-A-UTIFUL

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Do you think I'll have a chance growing HC with ~2wpg and no ferts?

It was suggested on another board that ditching the DIY CO2 and dosing Excel in its place would be the safer alternative. ANy input here as well?
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I am for #1 as well
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Do you think I'll have a chance growing HC with ~2wpg and no ferts?

It was suggested on another board that ditching the DIY CO2 and dosing Excel in its place would be the safer alternative. ANy input here as well?
Opinion on HC~ HC would need the supplemental CO2 to keep algae at bay. Just keep the main fertilizers(N-P-K) at aconstant and it should do well.


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the excel method works thats what i have been doing and i ditched my diy co2

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I think number 1 would look awesome with some narrow leaf java ferrn and some stems at the back of it. Moss??

Then a nice open foreground of glosso/HC.

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that's a cute towel you have there

... and #1 is much better in my opinion.
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the excel method works thats what i have been doing and i ditched my diy co2
it works but its not nearly as healthy. a lot of plants wont survive on JUST excel. i usually use it in combination with DIY, or just pressurized with a ph controller.

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#1, but back if off the side and back glass 1/2" inch or so.

Why not use Marsilia quad. or minutia, dwarf hairgrass, or e. tennellus 'micro'? Those are all much better candidates for low tech carpets, IMHO.
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i like #1 as well...love the look of that driftwood too...where do you find ones look this nice of pieces...been looking for one i can use for my upcoming shrimp moss tank.
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