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Jungle style tanks

With all the beautiful tanks I always see on here, I hardly really see many jungle style tanks. Well, at least what I think could be interpreted as one. A tank that you just let it go and grow wild and crazy. Seems like it'd be pretty low maintenance.

What do you guys think about them? I'm currently attempting a tank like this with just sag and jungle vals. so far I like the look.
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I love the crazy wild tanks. I feel like the minimalist, iwagami-style tanks are becoming so common we need some crazy tanks to balance things out. (I don't have a crazy tank because I have a stream tank with few plants.)
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A "jungle" tank usually means one with lots of stem plants. If those are allowed to grow without any pruning at all, you end up with a very ugly mess. The tops bend over and grow along the water surface, the bottoms get shaded so much the leaves look bad, or die off completely. Soon the water surface is so crowded not enough light gets thru to keep any of the lower plants growing, and the swimming space for the fish gets smaller and smaller. The best looking "jungle" plants have been pruned regularly to keep them under control, so it is not a plant and forget tank at all.

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For one that is let go and just grows wild, one of my growout tanks became pretty close to that. I had some spares so I added them to a tank of cichlids and really did not care much what became of them as the fish were the main thing and I knew that I would be catching and removing them. The plants were there because they were not somewhere else?



Low maintenance on this one but for one that I planned to keep, I would not recommend the approach. Swords and red tiger lotus can make a killer combo as far as space. There were small yellow lab and yellow tailed acei cichlids in the tank as well as a mixed bag of other small fish. Wood and rocks but who can tell?
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I was actually just thinking that my next tank I want to do just jungle Val's and red root floaters!
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Here's jungle for you!

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I just finished placing my plants and just going to let it go. Here is my start. I did keep some plants in groups but imagine they will fill send out runners to fill gaps. It has got a ways to go but I really like the look of the jungle escapes and the chaos from the over grown plants. I did leave some substrate open as my rams like to sift through it.

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Here's jungle for you!

That is wicked awesome.
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I love the look of jungle style tanks. Mine is coming alone pretty good i think. I just did a big rescape to the foreground area as I didn't like it before.

Here is before and after pics.

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Gotta do another big wc and filter clean tomorrow and hopefully the tank should clear up nicely. Let me know what you guys think.

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Your tank looks amazing
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Thank you

The only stem plant I have left is the hygro polysperma. I am trying to get red of it, not sure what to replace it with though. I have some water sprite I am starting to grow in that area.

Moving and planting water sprite is difficult. So fragile and the way the roots spread out its hard to get it to grab the substrate

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That's looks jungle-ish to me :-)
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Here's jungle for you!

I really like the look of this. Hope my tank will eventually look like that.
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Rather than stem plants left to run riot, the "jungle" aqua scapes I've seen--those planned rather than occurring thru benign neglect--feature almost entirely non-stem plants for both aesthetic reasons and the very functional drawbacks Hoppy described for stems.

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Site:http://www.aquascapingworld.com/thre...le-style.4905/
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