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Demos' 5g moss and DP tank

This tank was started this April as a Betta only tank, but then it got a heater and a few tetras and plants, and eventually crayfish. Yesterday I bought a bunch of new driftwood, some nice sand substrate, and anubias and crypts.

Flora:
Anubias Barteri
Anubias 'nana'
Cryptocoryne x Willisii (sp?)
Cryptocoryne Wendtii 'brown'

Fauna:
RCS and one CRS.

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September 7th:

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And today!



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That giraffe is the most random aquarium ornament I've ever seen.

But really, looks good. Only suggestion would be to tie that anubias down with black string instead of white rubber band.
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Haha I lol'ed when I saw the giraffe

Poor lonely CRS How'd you end up with only 1? Did a bunch die, or did you only buy 1.?

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wow what a huge change since the first pic. its looking really nice. i used tiny black hair rubber bands to attach my anubias to tmy drift wood.
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Awe man, why'd you get rid of the giraffe? It gave the tank so much personality!

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hahaha thanks everyone! well, the tank is in my little sisters room, and shes kind of strange.

I know the rubber band are pretty unsightly, but the black thread that i had was frustrating me beyond belief, so i just quit and threw on some rubber bands. They'll only be there for a few weeks anyway, then i can just cut them off.

Do you like having some sand visible in the front? My sister thinks it looks good, and i agree to a certain extent, but idk, it looks like maybe its missing something, and i cant figure out what.....
...maybe its the giraffe!

oh and also, my LFS hasn't ordered new CRS in at least 6 months, so when i spotted one in one of their show tanks, it was the only one that i couldve bought. Probly a stupid question, but will it breed with RCS?

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actually, i think they can but the offspring are muddy colors. i dont know for sure but im sure someone would know in the shrimp section of the forum
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No, CRS won't breed with RCS. They're completely different genuses.

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Do you like having some sand visible in the front? My sister thinks it looks good, and i agree to a certain extent, but idk, it looks like maybe its missing something, and i cant figure out what.....
...maybe its the giraffe!

I don't mind the sand. You could always try a foreground plant if you wanted, but I'd keep it low -- no hairgrass.
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what kind of foreground plants could i grow in here? its only like 13W or something. i think i could get some anubias nana, but that much would get really expensive.

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Anubias nana is too big to be a foreground in this tank. Anubias nana petite would be small enough, but it grows waaaay to slowly to carpet.

You could do a moss carpet by tying moss to a piece of slate or something.

You could also ATTEMPT marsilea minuta... I believe that of the low foreground options, its the most accepting of low light conditions.
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By popular demand, the giraffe is back... lol
i've also made a few other changes, but i haven't been able to find any marsilea thats actually aquatic.




Now, i have some RCS in here, and they've been in here for... maybe a month and a half now. There are currently 4 females and 1 male. Why aren't any of the females berried yet? They appear to be pretty healthy, I think i've been taking relatively good care of them so far, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

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That giraffe fits int he picture!!! haha
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Quick update: the heater broke, so my little cherries are freezing, but they'll be okay for now. The Crystal Red hasn't been seen (dead or alive) since the day after I got him, which is just plain confusing. The plants are growing slowly but surely.

Except now, the tank has been set up exactly the way it is now, for four weeks, and just now I have noticed a colony of about 15 hydra living on the front pane of glass. How did they appear so suddenly? Should I be concerned about them? Are they harmful, or just ugly?

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Now there are a bunch of snails and hydra... really not that many hydra anymore, just a TON of pond snails. If i throw my little clown loach from my 46g in there, will it eat the shrimp, or just the snails? What about hydra?

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