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Hello! I'm getting closer and closer to starting my first tank 'done right'.

I have a 4 gallon Finnex Pico Plus, a bag fluval plant stratum, the tank comes with a 24w CFL, I have a paintball co2 setup, and I have dry ferts.

I'm completely READY to order plants and get my cycle started. I know I want to add cherry shrimp, and possibly 4 or 5 ember tetras.

Other than that, I don't have too much of a clue what I want to do.

I was watching an ADA youtube video and saw this tank (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0dQrSu2VSg&t=8m12s pause it right when you get to it) with Rotala magenta and green on either side and HC carpeting. I really like the layout of it.

I know for a fact I want to incorporate HC - I'm in love with the way it looks. Rotala is great as well. I also want to add some Java/Taiwan moss for the baby shrimp to hide in.

Anyone have some advice that can shove me in the right direction?
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The tanks at ~3:30 in the video are the size of your tank though.

Get a bundle of nano sized sticks and make up a cute little frankenstump, attach it to a bit of slate or plastic and put the base under the substrate. That size stick would be attached using cord or zip ties rather than screwed together. Be sure you can access all of the tank with it in place but it should fill the space pretty well to get the same effect as the tank in the video. I would chose one fine textured stem to go with the HC you want and perhaps a small Anubias 'Petit' and moss for the lower part of the sticks. Perhaps a pile of small stones around the stump could make letting the moss go a bit wild seem logical and it would make for lots of tiny caves for your future shrimp.


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The tanks at ~3:30 in the video are the size of your tank though.

Get a bundle of nano sized sticks and make up a cute little frankenstump, attach it to a bit of slate or plastic and put the base under the substrate. That size stick would be attached using cord or zip ties rather than screwed together. Be sure you can access all of the tank with it in place but it should fill the space pretty well to get the same effect as the tank in the video. I would chose one fine textured stem to go with the HC you want and perhaps a small Anubias 'Petit' and moss for the lower part of the sticks. Perhaps a pile of small stones around the stump could make letting the moss go a bit wild seem logical and it would make for lots of tiny caves for your future shrimp.
Ah, yes, I was actually referring to those tanks - specifically this one (http://i.imgur.com/RkECU.jpg)

Was thinking about incorporating rocks and some moss maybe. Just was a little unclear on how I wanted to do it

I'm having a hard time visualizing the 'frankenstump' can you point me to some pictures that might show me the type of stump you're describing?

Thanks for all the helpful advice. I just want to do so many different things with this tank, it's really really hard just to choose one.
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