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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 01-25-2015, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with plants and hardscape

hi guys, I cant get my 10 gallon to look right, it looks absolutely horrible compared to other peoples tanks, and I cannot get it right . I need more driftwood I know that, definitely more plant, and more fish. I have another thread in the plants section, but this tank needs serious help with everything. Litteraly if you have any suggestions let me know, I have some rocks hanging around some where also . Stocking : 3 cory cats,2 platies and a golden killi soon to be more cories, and im up for more fish suggestions also. Plant wise , 2 stems of jungle val that wont grow that I cut last week and didn't grow at all,2 amazon swords, Anubias barteli, and some other type of anbuias, and 2 banana plants. Idk looking at this tank just makes me depressed, and mods if you wanna move the thread , feel free to I had no idea where to put it.
Oh and I had to put that fake log there because my cories will only go to places that are pitch black.
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Sword are great plants but are much too large for a 10 gallon. I traded all of mine from my 55 gallon because they shaded everything else. You can see them in my journal.

I'd lose them and replace with something else. Guessing your tank is low tech, I'd say java fern. It's always been great for me.


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Standard 55 gallon club... We need one of those.
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Sword are great plants but are much too large for a 10 gallon. I traded all of mine from my 55 gallon because they shaded everything else. You can see them in my journal.

I'd lose them and replace with something else. Guessing your tank is low tech, I'd say java fern. It's always been great for me.

Ok, only reason I got the swords is because some one else on here recommeded them to me, will it work if I kept them trim well? I also used them because I'm trying to get a lot of shade for my cories .


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It's like art... it has to appeal to you, not everybody. Some like a clean look, others a natural scape. By your placement of things in the tank I'd venture you are neat and organized person. It all just seems to placed... and not cohesive (you have too many diff looking rocks, like 4 different kinds). I'd stick with many of the same. And yes, the scale is off on those swords I think but you could leave them until you get smaller plants in. Start with different rocks and experiment with making shapes in the tank with your rock placement. Google "aqua scapes in small tanks" and see what you like. Notice how some hardscape placements create a triangular form or repeating diagonal lines, or bowl shapes. Also, don't be afraid to try a slant to the substrate in the future. Many add depth by using a hill concept with their substrate. It's not a rule but many give the appearance of more space by using shorter plants in the front and the taller in the back as mentioned. You can even consider the bird's eye view from above and create curves to draw the eye in or to add interest. You can really make a big impact with rock placement so as a first step I'd set some rocks out on a towel and try arranging them until you get something you like. Your tank looks clean and the fish look happy, just keep going and keep looking online at what appeals to you, then try to replicate it. Start with the rock placement... maybe just add more small rocks and create one hill off center to begin.
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Yes I agree, too uniform. Also every rock is different. Look for rocks that are the same, I think you'll be able to come up with something you like more. Also don't be afraid to bury rocks some vs sitting nicely placed on top of the substrate. I know the swords get big, but if you're on top of them you can keep them small. Maybe stick them both in one corner overhanging a "beach" area for your cories on the right, and rockwork with more plants, mosses etc on the left. Primarily however, it only matters what appeals to you!

I do like the banana plant up front like that if you do go with a beach type area on the right
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thanks so much guys! ill get out the rocks and start seeing if I can find some where I like them, is it me or does the sand look too white? Should I move the piece of driftwood? Im kinda worried about the rocks jacking up my water because I got them outside and there is a chance some pesticides got on them, I put them in a pot of boiling water for about and hour if it helps.
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Scrub them. The sand will lose its whiteness over time. It could look good as a stark contrast to groundcover of some sort.
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Ok, I have them in a hot pot of water ATM, and I will scrub them when I'm done


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Does this look like a kind of rock I shouldent use?


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Scratch it up some in an inconspicuous spot with a nail and pour some vinegar on it to see if it bubbles.

What is your normal hardness/pH?
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Scratch it up some in an inconspicuous spot with a nail and pour some vinegar on it to see if it bubbles.

What is your normal hardness/pH?
I believe soft, if it bubbles it means it makes your water hard correct? Crap I just finished scaping
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If it bubbles with vinegar, it will react with lower ph water and slowly dissolve raising your hardness. If your pH is high, it may not bother things. You could always leave it in a bucket and do a baseline test, then test again in a week to see if it alters your water.
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Ok, I tested a peice I didn't use and it didn't bubble, it was white vingar though


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