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[RAOK thread, could use more comments] current state of things

So here is how the tank currently sits. It needs some help... i have 4 t5ho, pressurized co2 and am dosing ferts. substrate is top soil capped with eco complete.

I need new plants, not sure what... or where to put them. I'm also contemplating removing the slate and replacing it with some additional driftwood.

I need a little push in the right direction And would really like to accentuate the large driftwood to the left that looks like a steer skull
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it will look better once it gets filled in. Looks good so far.


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I like the DW on the left side of the tank and agree that it will look good once it fills out more.
How many gallons is it/what fish are in there?
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I'm not crazy about the slate. It takes up room and doesn't do much for the scape. Green mass behind the dw would make it pop and stand out.

Perhaps a larger leafed plant like Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis' or an Alternanthera reineckii variety? Maybe a Barclaya or Madacasgar lace... There are so many choices.

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I agree with replacing the slate. Put another piece of driftwood or a large plant in that area and I think the tank will look much more full.
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it will look better once it gets filled in. Looks good so far.
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I like the DW on the left side of the tank and agree that it will look good once it fills out more.
How many gallons is it/what fish are in there?
55g. current inhabitants are approximately 20 white cloud mountain minnows (half of them yellow), a yellow BN pleco, a false zebra pleco, 4 black neon tetra, 4 blood fins (going in my 20 when it cycles), 3 cories (need more i know) and a lone Ninja Shrimp that i only see about once every couple months haha

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I'm not crazy about the slate. It takes up room and doesn't do much for the scape. Green mass behind the dw would make it pop and stand out.

Perhaps a larger leafed plant like Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis' or an Alternanthera reineckii variety? Maybe a Barclaya or Madacasgar lace... There are so many choices.
will take a look at those large leaf plants, i really do like the look of them. The slate was originally put in as "caves" for the pleco and he quite likes them. maybe i can get some moss to grow over them to hide it.

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I agree with replacing the slate. Put another piece of driftwood or a large plant in that area and I think the tank will look much more full.
i'd love to find a bunch of rib shaped drift wood to put there, get some cover from it and still kind of mesh with the steer shaped DW that is there now.

thanks for the recommendations, i think i have some plants to look into now!


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Nice set up... I may consider downgrade the size of the slate or create an asymetric pile of slate pieces; its color matches the driftwood nicely... maybe some plants that attach or grow into it will work -I think of Hydrocotyle sp or a moss of your preference.

You do need more plants in there but so far you have a nice hard scape there; just a matter of filling the spaces.

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Nice set up... I may consider downgrade the size of the slate or create an asymetric pile of slate pieces; its color matches the driftwood nicely... maybe some plants that attach or grow into it will work -I think of Hydrocotyle sp or a moss of your preference.

You do need more plants in there but so far you have a nice hard scape there; just a matter of filling the spaces.

Good luck with Bettatail's nice ROAK!


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Hydrocotyle would look great around the sides of the slate. I've got a decent amount of dwarf hairgrass on it's way that was destined for the 20l (that is in dire need of co2 haha) but i'm thinking once that comes in some stuff will get moved from in front of the slate (was only there to grow a bit) and try to hide the front of the slate w/ the dwarf hairgrass.

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Using soils/NPT in general with new setups even more so large hardscape items that block the gas exchange in and out of the substrate is something I avoid. As others have already posted opinions on the slate I'm adding to that, it really doesn't do much for you. I'd replace it with green.


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Using soils/NPT in general with new setups even more so large hardscape items that block the gas exchange in and out of the substrate is something I avoid. As others have already posted opinions on the slate I'm adding to that, it really doesn't do much for you. I'd replace it with green.
this is a very good point. however i am concerned about displacing my pleco. I assume he'd move over to the drift wood though... it certainly is a nice piece of real estate that would look better green.

I also have star grass in my 20l that isnt doing so well right now... no co2, too much lighting. So i'm thinking i'll move that over to the 55g here. place that in front of the Hygrophila sp 'Tiger' and then the hairgrass in front of that?

On an off note, i have mosquito larva in the 20l and nothing to eat it... would extra dosing of excel help to kill those and the algae i have growing?


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I don't think Excel would effect the larva but I never tried it.
hehe catch a few in a cup of tank water and see how they like H2O2.
At 10ml/g I know it kills bacteria and algae or get a single guppy from the LFS.


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get a single guppy from the LFS.
i like this option actually... i don't think one would have an issue surviving in the tank at this rate.


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This might be a bit generic and general but it could help.

http://www.aquajournal.net/na/basics/basics_03.html
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