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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-26-2010, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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20cm scape.

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I've posted on this forum a couple of times but I've never shared a tank of mine. Right now I only have one planted tank, a small 20 cm cubic vase(approximately 7-8 liters) similar but not identical to those Do!aqua tanks, that I'll share. The aquarium was set up on Earth Day 2010, so it's quite young.
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Tank: 20*20*20 cm glass vase
filtration: Hagen elite mini
lighting system: desk lamp with 13w fluorescent bulb
No heater, tank remains at tropical temps
no CO2 system either
substrate: tahitian moon sand/ aquarium gravel mix
hardscape: one Asian driftwood piece
plants: Cabomba caroliniana, Ludwigia sp., moss sp.
Animals: Betta splendens male, snails
dosing: excel and flourish daily

The moss seems to grow very fast, it actually came as a hitchhiker on the locally-collected ludwigias and has grown amazongly in 4 months. I'm waiting for the ludwigia, which I've been cultivating in its emerse state, to grow and turn redder.
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As you can see it's not a very tidy scape, I'll have to fix that. I'm open to constructive critisism, of course! And i apologize for the pics which aren't even the right colors.

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That thing is what makes me want to have a planted tank! That thing is AWESOME!! I love the little piece of wood over the hole in the substrate. AWESOME!
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Hi Rick
Thanks a lot for the compliment!!!
Good luck on your (future?) planted tank!

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Since the pics I've posted were a few days old I figured I'd post some new ones I've taken just now. Growth has been good, considering the ludwigias are still adapting to the aquatic environment
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I'm also getting a good deal of pearling from all plants, which is surprising since I don't inject CO2 (only excel). I guess they find enough carbon in the water, I'm not complaining!
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Your cabomba looks great! I can only find hornwort here and their not even healthy to start


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Looks great! Especially for a fresh tank!

As for aquascape critique, I'd probably bunch the red ludwigia together to get rid of the gap in the middle, just moving the ones on the right closer to the ones on the left. Also trimming the moss or tying it down to make it stay closer to the ground will help a lot too.


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Hi!
Thanks to both for the compliments.
dacrax07 perhaps you could trade with hobbyists near you?
becks17As for the ludwigia advice, you're right, it would probably look better. I was trying to do a concave layout in the tank but then I put the filter so I had to remove some stems and it ruined the effect. Il try either to bunch the stems, or to fill the negative space with something else.
As fpr the moss, I'll see
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I took some advice and made a single grouping of stems. I think the scape looks better, the plants have also grown a good deal since tuesday.
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So, what do you think? Better, no?
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Thanks for looking!
I'm thinking about adding some pebbles to the tank, not quite sure though...
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I l0ve your betta! He looks so grumpy, he reminds me of my grandpa! No offense, Betta. LOL JK. I love this set up! It looks so full. I like it alot better now that you did the single grouping of stems.
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Thanks!
Your grandpa better not see this thread lool
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Thank goodness he doesn't have a computer, or I would be in big trouble LOL.
Very nice tank,
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That regrouping of the ludwigia looks much better than before. Also, you should consider replacing some (not all) of the java moss with a dwarf hairgrass. It'll give a nice variety to the tank. Your crowntail betta looks awesome, BTW.

How is the availability of aquarium products in Haiti? Are there many LFS around?


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Rick Thanks again!
TLE041 My Betta thanks you. I don't know if dwarf hairgrass would work since my substrate is non-nutritious, but I'll consider it, it would surely look nice.
Actually there aren't many LFS here, here pets (be it birds, fish, rabbits or guinea pigs and whatnot) mostly come from local breeders but luckily my aunt runs one and she gets some nice fish, plants and equipment . Also I know a few breeders (mostly basic stuff though, livebearers, barbs, danios, as for plants: cabomba, vals, swordplants and the likes) so I've always been able to practice my hobby without too many limitations. Not to mention that our streams and lakes are teeming with tropical species (my ludwigias were found in a stream, and the unknown moss came as a hitchhiker from the clump of ludwigias I collected). In fact this tank was really meant as a place to hold my locally collected plants, but then I decided to scape it and now it's my only tank, I was getting tired of tank maintenance in my other tanks. This tank is amost all leftovers, it was pretty much free!
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I spent a day at the beach on thursday and decided to bring some beach pebbles and stones back home. I've put some in the tank. Also, the cabombas got their first trim.
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Like the stones!


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