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Ideas for a 30 gallon tall tank?

Hey guys, Here's a picture of my planted tank, I am looking for new ideas as I will be changing the aquascape soon. I just don't know what to do or what kind of set up I can do.
The tank is 18"x 18" and 22" tall.
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With a tank like this I would do one of two things.

1) A lot more wood in that tank with small fish that like to explore the wood. Endlers are great for this as would be a betta. With the wood you can really take advantage of the height of the tank. Ignore any pieces that are too thick. Pieces skinnier then your wrist are what you would ideally want with lots of branching.

Then on the bottom of the tank you can put 1 really big plant like a lace plant with lots of epiphyte plants growing on the wood (buce, anubias, java fern, etc)

Leave the substrate open and sandy and have a few dwarf corys down there.

2) Because of the height this is a pretty good aquarium for a paludarium. I have never done one of these but I have seen a few in videos. You would be halving your water volume of course and would have to adjust your filtration, but it can be done and would certainly be a very different from your current setup. You could put a few smaller fish in the remaining space and grow terrestrial plants on a small land portion in the back of the tank.

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I think your tank is pretty and off to a good start as it is. I have two 18" x 18"x 24" cubes that I've changed probably 100 times in the past 10 years I've had them. I think you're on the right track with a tall piece of wood. Not easy to find but if you can procure a thick stump rather than a branch, that will allow you more vertical space. Here's one of mine, which is admittedly in need of some pruning and thinning for aesthetic reasons:

But so many buce, Anubias, and mosses will grow attached onto wood that it utilizes your height which would otherwise be just open water. The stump in this tank probably weighs over ten pounds dry, and was "just a stump" for many months before the plants I tied to it took over. When dealing with a cube type tank or taller, just taking advantage of the height by having a place for plants to grow upward can go a long way. Obviously, much is up to personal taste and what I like may not be what appeals to your eyes.
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These tall tanks are so hard to scape. I have a 24" cube that has been a constant frustration. I finally have it ( after 8 years) where I am pretty happy with it-- although, there is much room for improvement. I can take a picture today if you would like to see it. Right now Im still getting the coffee down to wake up the brain. :/


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Would love to see a picture!
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Okay- here it is.
Im not completely there yet; but, Im getting happier


Here it is further away- the other one was too close to get perspective:

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Thats really nice. I like that set-up.


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