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Hey All,

I put together a bunch of stuff I had in the garage. I'm not too sure where I'm going with it as it started out as an example of the rock I sell but I kind of like the way it turned out.

I'm leaning towards a shrimp tank with moss. If not that plant it with one or two types of plants. Wisteria or Watersprite come to mind first but I would like to know what you would do with it if it were yours.

Fish would probably be otos and some julii cats if I don't go with shrimp.

Lighting is 30 watts and ferts would be the seachem line.

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Too cool!
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Wow the tank looks great and love how the rocks are laid out! I think it would look pretty good with dwarf hair grass spreading through out the tank.

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I don't think I have enough light to grow dwarf hair grass. Maybe if this journal helps me sell some rock I could upgrade the light...

I was thinking of using only moss and covering a few of the rocks and letting it spread out. I had a tank like that in the past and it looked pretty cool.
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i think youre good on light for dwarf hairgrass if you inject some co2
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Nice rock layout. Is the substrate sand?
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Nice rock layout. Is the substrate sand?
Thank you I like the way the rock looks against the substrate.

Yes, it is sand.
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nice layout! if it were my tank, i'd go for tall crypts, lagenandra or aponogetons in the back, different mosses on the rocks, and either hairgrass or marsilea as a carpet in the front and around the rocks. And maybe some medium-sized crypts on the sides/corners, in front of the tall ones.

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Keep alot of dark plants in there especially in the back. . .the contrast they have will be similar to the contrast the rocks have. It'll look great when filled in!

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The rocks are great, like an alien landscape.

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The scape looks good. I like it

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Great scape. Who says 10g is too small to do cool things with? :-P

I think you can do hairgrass. CO2 and some root tabs should help it grow nicely.

However, the moss idea sounds totally rockin as well.


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You just have less options in a 10 gallon due to limited space.

For the sand substrate, I read that due to how it compacts, it makes it harder for plants to take root but it looks real nice.

Like what others stated, go with Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis parvula) with CO2 and some fertilizers. You could mix a small amount of vermiculite (must be soaked for a couple of days to prevent floating) with your sand.
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I like the idea of the darker plants. I appreciate the hair grass suggestions but those scapes are beyond what I have the means for right now. If I had decent lighting and some pressurized CO2 an Iwagumi type scape would be fun.

I'm leaning towards finding two darker low light plants and going with those. If I can't find those I think I'll stick with a nice moss scape.

I'm enjoying the feedback and thank you for the ideas.
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hygro bold and hygro tiger are dark low lights, and theres also tons of crypts
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