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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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5 gallon aquascape

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This is my first post on the forum and I'm hoping to get some advice for my 5 gallon aquascape. It's low light with no co2. I've never been the best at aquascaping but I just hate the look of my tank, but hopefully I can get it to where I want it to be! Right now it's just spider wood with staurogyne repens and spiral val (can't remember the actual name). Also there is some really ugly algae on the staurogyne repens and I was wondering if there was a quick way to get it off (besides rubbing it off, I tried that for two hours to no avail ) Thanks for all your help! I'll attach a pic down below.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 06:30 PM
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How about tying some anubias Nana to the wood?

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I have always liked that look.

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Thanks for the reply! I think I'll order some anubias nana and maybe some java fern and java moss soon. Hoping the staurogyne repens makes a carpet. Any other comments/criticism?
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Haha, honestly I'm no expert, and I don't even have a planted tank right now. I definitely like the shape of your spider wood, and I think you could do a lot with it. You could use some java or Christmas moss on it, and make it look like a tree. some red might look good in there somewhere. Just remember the heights all of your plants will grow to.

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I'd recommend burying those stems deeper into the substrate. You'll get stronger rooting (more surface area).
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As the S. repens grow, cut the top off and replant to create the carpeting look you want. As for the algae problem add some algae eaters like a small snails that can hang on the leaves. For a quicker method - you can try dosing excel and see if that will help.

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Thanks for the replies! Any other suggestions?
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Usually when I get driftwood I like to plan out how and where I want it to lay but sometimes there's branches that don't allow it, so I modify the piece somewhat.
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Maybe add some more gravel or rocks to the back-right corner to give your scape more dimension...


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If your substrate is inert, you should use some fertilization, even for a low light tank. Sinking some fert tabs in the substrate is a start. And more plants! Some faster growers, like hydrophila, to get the ball rolling.

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I would move the rocks from the corners,and use the rule of thirds to place them,maybe put them in odd numbered groups.Also,I'm a fan of black backgrounds,that would really make the greens pop and provide a contrast to the white substrate.Also,would hide the black equipment really well.

If you could put 3 rocks under that driftwood,it'd look really neat,like the wood is a root growing around/over the rocks.Maybe try the rocks from the corners under the wood?

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