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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-12-2009, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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1st attempt at planted tank nano

An attempt at some simple aquascaping

2.5 gallon AGA
12W 6400k CFL circular
Seachem flourite black
Red Sea Nano filter

Comments/critques/suggestions welcome.






Some microswords. I split them up and planted them in the substrate. No idea if they will grow this way. Planting took forever using hands.




Dont know what the plants on the left are called.


Added some anacharis.




Decided to take of top rim, so had to empty entire tank. What a pain.


I like this more open look better.


Filling up again.


Got everything planted like before.


Added a Red Sea Nano filter and some anubias nana.







Current tank setup. Got a guppy in there to help cycle it. Probably gonna add some java moss and a few more plants, and eventually a few CRS.

Any suggestions on additional plants or changes to the tank? Thanks.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-12-2009, 04:57 AM
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Good start. I'd bury the left rock a tiny bit to make it seem like it's coming out of the substrate, not sitting on top of it.
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Im a nub too but i think if you got a smaller rock (much smaller) and placed in the middle towards the back it would add depth
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Is that anacharis I see in the back left corner? Anacharis is a strange plant. I'm personally not a big fan, and never had much luck with it rooting. I'd consider replacing it down the road with something else. Maybe a nice redish plant (Rotala Rotondufolia?) I'm by no means an expert aquascaper though.

So far, you're off to an awesome start though. I really like the rocks. Like epcifish said though, I'd try burying them just a bit.

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Is that anacharis I see in the back left corner? Anacharis is a strange plant.
Yea its anacharis. Its cheap at petsmart and it grows fast. Just wanted to throw in some plants to help cycle. I'll probably replace it soon.
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isnt retro in now, just need that metal framed tank now
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You're off to a good start. It's always fun messing around with small tanks (:
Have you thought about adding a little DIY CO2? Also, that micro sword might a take a bit before it decides to take off. I love the look of micro sword, I just wish it would grow faster! Maybe your should get some rotala r. It's nice and easy to take care of IME.


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I'd agree with replacing the anachris, it grows like crazy, but it is a floating plant, so the chances of it rooting are slim, though it does sometimes. If you like the look of it though, I think rotala sp. green would be a good replacement and I've been seeing a bunch of it in the S&S lately.
Tank looks good though! I'm always a fan of a rimless 2.5


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Thanks for comments. I'll look for some of those rotalas. Might do some diy co2 after i get some more plants.
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nice set up, have you thought of a backdrop
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nice set up, have you thought of a backdrop
Thanks. No I haven't thought of one yet. Kinda like the openess, but I might use one if i find something nice. Maybe I"ll just try to cover the back with plants.
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Added some new plants.


Tied some java moss to a little piece of driftwood with thread.






Some java moss.


Rotala green in the back.


Tank so far.

There are 10 ghost shrimp for now, probably to be replaced with some RCS.
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