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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-24-2007, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Major Overhaul in 5.5 gallon

So after being addicted to this site for about 3 weeks and my boyfriend telling me that he thinks I like aquariums more than him, and sneaking off to buy some plants..... I overhauled my little aquarium.

I changed the substrate to a rough sand that I got at the beach and mixed it with enough laterite for a 55 gallon tank.

I bought a few Anubis and a few Java ferns. I moved all the major elements around and am almost happy with it. There are a few bare spots that I don't know what to do with.

I have 11 watts on a 5.5 gallon, it stays an even 25degrees celcius without a heater and it's stocked with a bunch of guppies a corydora and a snail I found at my cottage.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-24-2007, 11:27 PM
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I'm not very good at design, but here is my $.02 worth?

If you take that piece of wood and pretend it's on a see-saw and lower the 3 prong end that is sticking up so that it sits on the substrate and raised the back end of it so it pointed toward the upper rear corner it might creat a little bit of depth instead of creating a stopping point and exposing the bare spot.

Then if you coupled that with some gently sloping substrate toward that same upper rear corner it will make the transition of low carpet type plants up front blend a little better.

And you may wish to level out the substrate along the front glass, allow a little space and then change elevation as desired.

Hopefully that makes sense lol Have fun
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The java and anubias should be tied to a rock, wood or something similar, their roots or rhiazomes shouldn't be below the substrate.
A "bunch" of guppies are plenty in that tank, and Cories prefer to be in groups of at least three.
Did you bake your sand or anything by the way?
Also, you won't have a ton of empty space for long if your plants are happy

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