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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-17-2015, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Stream bed

First journal: Stream bed, no fish - thinking cherry barbs:

20g long, 2x13w 6500k, 1x18w 4100k T8
Undecided on filter... DIY sponge for now(not pictured)

Bacopa caroliniana
Ceratopteris thalictroides
Cryptocoryne wendtii "green"/"red"
Mixed mosses
Mixed Anubias sp.
Mixed Java ferns
Mixed floaters
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Stock lightly and carry a big filter. - I don't have aquariums. I have ecosystems in a glass box. - Hygrophilaholic and hoarder of Anubias.

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Looks like a good spot for bass fishing!
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are those just downed tree limbs? I like the look of this tank a lot.


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Thanks Bine!

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are those just downed tree limbs? I like the look of this tank a lot.
Thanks! Yes that is all they are. No specialty manzanita, Spider, mopani etc, just oak limbs I pulled from my pond last year. I carefully selected the limbs based on texture and shape and wood type - then cut them to size.

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Nicely done. Looks very natural.
I almost bought a 20g long today. Now you make me regret it.


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I'm about to cut an oak down that's growing in my fence line. Inspiration for the 55g. Thank you


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Thanks guys... the original plan was to have JUST wood and the sand... but, I had to anchor the wood and I just couldn't bare the look of the few random anchor stones.. so I added more.. then I was like that just DOESN'T look right.. so I added smaller stones.. and then gravel until I got to the point of pic #4.. my original plan with the moss was to attach it along the branches them I thought "Well, moss attaches at the base of stuff in nature and creeps up.." so all moss is at the substrate level and the ferns I intentionally placed a few and the others I just let drift until they found a place to anchor.. we'll see how everything grows in though... Thanks for tuning in, lol.

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Idk why, but I feel like this tank needs a sunken pirate ship in the back left side facing.


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Hmmmm.. you are MORE than welcome to add one to yours, lol. I did actually have one of those for my first tank EVER... it bubbled and everything, lol.

Bump: Hmmmm.. you are MORE than welcome to add one to yours, lol. I did actually have one of those for my first tank EVER... it bubbled and everything, lol.

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lovely natural looking scape! I really like the various sized stones you've used

my 8 gallon journal:
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Thanks andrewss!! I wish I had less of the black ones and more red, natural, and grey.. if I find others I'll add them in place of the darker ones .

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Major update!!

The streambed has become a riparium!

(Temporarily)Finished product!


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Thank you Aqua Aurora and Mariostg for your help!

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very cool!

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Nice setup.. more closer to nature & something different..

This what we see when we dive in to a natural stream
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Thank you Will and arunawick!

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