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Hi all,

This is the future home of my OEBTs.

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tank: ADA 60f
lighting: Archaea 27w x2 bulbs
filter: aquaclear 20
fauna: OEBT
flora: mini pelia, mini bolbitis, anubias nana petite, mini xmass moss
no co2
***I used wire mesh to more securely separate the elevated fluval shrimp substrate from the sand.

The nana petite is in the tank now in pots but not pictured. Eventually, I will consider either more of a groundcover, or else I will be tying down more moss to rocks. Maybe both.

I have also planted lots of mini pelia in the crevices of the rocks, and I will eventually do the same to the low, long rock on the right. Excited to watch this one grow in.... sloooooooowly.





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Looks good, I like these large footprint shallow tanks. What plants were you thinking for the groundcover?


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Looks good, I like these large footprint shallow tanks. What plants were you thinking for the groundcover?
This is what I'm wrestling with the most. If I stay low-tech then my options are pretty limited. My other 60f uses staurogyne and crypt parva so I kind of want to stay away from those. I could go glosso, but glosso isn't quite the same kind of runner minus CO2. Maybe I will try it anyway.

The other options is just continue to tie moss on rocks and spread it out over the rest of the substrate.
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Nice start on that tank. Reminds me of cliffside beaches.

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Nice start on that tank. Reminds me of cliffside beaches.
This is kind of the look I was going for. Keeping everything mini to keep the perspective, and my fish, if I keep any, will be tiny. Also, I have to change that background as it's distracting.
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Nice Nice and very Nice. I love the dimensions of the 60f. That sand looks great.
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Love this tank. Great dimensions and I love the beach look of it. If I may make a suggestion on the ground cover, what about Dwarf Hairgrass? It would look like beach grass in this tank, and I think it would go nicely. Keep it up and I will be following along to see where this goes.


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I think glosso would work if you moved the lights a little closer to the side you had the plants growing on. I had it going on my 20l with no co2 and CFLs.


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Nicely done! Looking forward to seeing this one develop. I love these 60f's


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This is kind of the look I was going for. Keeping everything mini to keep the perspective, and my fish, if I keep any, will be tiny. Also, I have to change that background as it's distracting.
Maybe try something like different hues of blue (kinda like fading blue effect) as backgroud. That'll complete the look.

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Love this tank. Great dimensions and I love the beach look of it. If I may make a suggestion on the ground cover, what about Dwarf Hairgrass? It would look like beach grass in this tank, and I think it would go nicely. Keep it up and I will be following along to see where this goes.
I have never grown dward hairgrass before. How does it do in non-co2 environments?

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I think glosso would work if you moved the lights a little closer to the side you had the plants growing on. I had it going on my 20l with no co2 and CFLs.
My GF has glosso growing in her non-co2, low light tank. It does alright. Doesn't send a lot of runners, but then again, that's probably going to be true with any ground cover plant in that kind of tank I would guess.

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Maybe try something like different hues of blue (kinda like fading blue effect) as backgroud. That'll complete the look.
I have been experimenting with different backgrounds that I have been taping up. I went to a nice arts/crafts store and bought lots of different colors and will likely switch them out on a whim. Most of them won't ever find their way to an aquascaping contest, but they're still fun!
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Not sure on the long term honestly. I had it for a while but then I re-scaped my tank and took it out. It was doing all right, but not really having a growth explosion. I would imagine with some good soil it may do ok.


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That's really really neat. Where did you get the rocks? I love the mini pelia and moss. So cool!

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