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2.5 AGA "The Shire" *update 3/15/09*

Started a new small tank for fun. I wanted to practice some aquascaping and utilize some of my smaller plants...

my inspiration comes from a high river bank in a wooded area deep in a remote forest in anyplace you could imagine. Oh and the shire (where bilbo baggins lives) from the hobbit.

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Tank: 2.5 gal glass aquarium, not planted yet still have to put a light together

Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia II (bacter100, tourmaline bc, clear super)

CO2: will be no co2 injection (light excel dosing)

Ferts: light micro/macro fert dosing.

Fauna: neocardina shrimp (snowball)

Hardscape:wood, slate chips....

plants: (proposed)

hydrocotyle verticillata
windelov fern
crypt parva
dwarf hairgrass
anubias nana petite
willow moss
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post #2 of 122 (permalink) Old 05-13-2008, 07:30 PM
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Nice arrangement of your hardscape. What happened to the background? That could use some improvement, make it more shire-like.


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I like the arrangement too. The wood should do a good job of hiding your filter intake. Nice job. Can't wait to see it develop.


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The background is just temporary for the photos. It's a garbage bag... lol

I'll probably mess w/ some gradient images for a background.

So... I've decided on snowball shrimp. Have them coming next week.

I'm leaving most of the foreground relatively unplanted. I'm thinking Elatine triandra on the left at the base of the hardscape and putting the crypt parva over to the right at the base of those rocks.

what do you think of star grass wrapped around the right side where I proposed the dwarf hairgrass?


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That looks very nice
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Chadly -

I am amazed how you can make a 2.5 look like a 29 gallon tank.

If you took your pictures from a slightly larger distance, I never would have known. Keep the journal going.

I want to see how this one turns out. Great start on the scape!

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Beautiful hardscape! Outstanding.
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thanks guys

I will make an effort to get this planted tonight... Time seems to go by too fast lately.

here's my proposed plant layout:



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Chadly you my friend are a paintbrush master.

Award for best EVAR paintbrush vision for a tank layout. Come on down!


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lol, Thanks MrJG.

I still haven't added the elatine triandra yet.


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now to fill it.....


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Wow. This tank is going to look amazing! I can't wait to see it once it is matured.
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I had to give you an infamous rep point for this one!

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ah, my first! hope to update soon. got a busy weekend ahead.

shrimp coming next week!


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i think you will have problem with invading hairgrass that way. beautiful hadscape.


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