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new scape idea

so i planned on tearing down 1 of my 3 tanks.. but man its so hard to downsize this hobby. i sold off my aru 2 now and have an empty 4 gallon finnex tank and i just got a new idea.

anyone here love fall? foliage? and the fact that it's so fleeting?

here i go but i want to begin planning a scape that maintains that fall, foliage-esque feeling so i can stare at it all day long.

anyone have any plant suggestions? scape suggestions?

i recently traded my last tree looking branch to monsterfish so don't have any more but probably need to find one. i was toying with the idea of planting the tree looking wood in the substrate and planting some red plants behind the tree. as the plant grows, i would gently intertwine the plant into the branches to give it that true fall, tree like look.

i don't know about the foreground. having a green foreground for a fall-esque motif doesnt quite jive with me.

anyways, that's all i have for now. i have 3 more days of work until i leave for my new company and am enjoying the last few days with coming up with new ideas.

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Sounds like you're going to want some leafy bronze and rusty-red crypts to fill in space. Foreground is going to be a challenge though

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For the foreground, if you have high light and CO2, Hygrophila SP. 'ARAGUAIA' looks nice. Turns a nice reddish-brown mixed with purple.

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Sounds like you're going to want some leafy bronze and rusty-red crypts to fill in space. Foreground is going to be a challenge though
hmm, any photos or specific names of what you're talking about? just so i can look for them.

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For the foreground, if you have high light and CO2, Hygrophila SP. 'ARAGUAIA' looks nice. Turns a nice reddish-brown mixed with purple.
hey man! hmm i actually like that "messy" kinda look with the brown and purple. gives it that nice rustic leaves kinda feel.

i have med-high light and DIY co2 and i'll be dosing. think that's enough?
i have AS for substrate.
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I dont have much experience with them, but they end up looking like these:

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...0/100_6199.jpg
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...0708/crypt.jpg

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I dont have much experience with them, but they end up looking like these:

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...0/100_6199.jpg
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...0708/crypt.jpg

I linked to them to avoid wasting their bandwidth, lol
hmm, they look a little big to be foreground plants. :-/
i wonder if there's anything like glosso that can be another color other than green. haha
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hmm, they look a little big to be foreground plants. :-/
i wonder if there's anything like glosso that can be another color other than green. haha
Oh yeah, these crypts are definitely mid grounders. How about really bushy red cabomba for the foreground? You would need high light and looks of trimming to keep it compact.

Like this but cut down to half that size?
http://www.plantedtanks.co.uk/ekmps/...nsis-175-p.jpg
No idea if it would work but I have seen some low and bushy ones in the stores.

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Oh yeah, these crypts are definitely mid grounders. How about really bushy red cabomba for the foreground? You would need high light and looks of trimming to keep it compact.

Like this but cut down to half that size?
http://www.plantedtanks.co.uk/ekmps/...nsis-175-p.jpg
No idea if it would work but I have seen some low and bushy ones in the stores.
hmm the red cabomba you speak of, i had before with little success. but i wasn't dosing back then and was using DIY co2.

i just had an idea. maybe using leaf litter might not be a bad idea... and if i have shrimps, they might love it too.
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hmm the red cabomba you speak of, i had before with little success. but i wasn't dosing back then and was using DIY co2.

i just had an idea. maybe using leaf litter might not be a bad idea... and if i have shrimps, they might love it too.
Haha, that was going to be my next suggestion.

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hey man! hmm i actually like that "messy" kinda look with the brown and purple. gives it that nice rustic leaves kinda feel.

i have med-high light and DIY co2 and i'll be dosing. think that's enough?
i have AS for substrate.
They should do fine.

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