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I wasn't happy with the way this tank was filling in as it was planted. I'm slowly learning more about how the different plants fill in over time I tried to take this into consideration as I was replanting this guppy tank. Another reason I chose to replant is that I was having some trouble with both the fish and plants. One of my cories got really sick and I started doing water changes which fixed him, but I still lost one female guppy and the other two females that were in here are in poor health in another tank.

The Basics:
Size: Standard 10gallon
Lighting: 19w flourescent standard hood
CO2 and Ferts: None, well, maybe a little FloraPride here and there
Filteration: Aqua-Tech 10-20

Flora: (Background) Corkscrew val, Watersprite, Green hygro, Wisteria
(Midground) Crypt Wendtii 'Mi Oya', Crypt Beckettii
(Foreground) Banana Plant, Dwarf Sag, Christmas Moss, Petite Anubias, Marimo Ball
Fauna: 3 Male Guppies, 2 Bronze Cories, MTS, pond snails, baby golden mystery snails

Step1: I removed the massive piece of driftwood before I took the photo. This shows how it looked before the replant.



Step2: All plants and other decor have been removed.



Step3: Removed about 6 gallons of water while doing a massive gravel cleaning. After seeing what all I sucked up, I now understand why I was having so much trouble with the fish and plants in this tank. It was scary!



Step4: Added plants and 3 gallons of clean water.



Step5: Finished filling tank, turned heater and filter back on, and cleaned glass.



Step6: Photo taken after water cleared and fish settled in.

 

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Is the green haze on the last picture algae or part of the background wallpaper?
i ask given you said you cleaned the glass.
It's algae. I guess I should have specified that I only cleaned the front glass.
 

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If you put in a higher plant mass to begin with it may help with keeping the balance for the fish and plants.
 

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Yep^
I owuld take the fake decorations out and get rocks and wood.
 

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Yep^
I owuld take the fake decorations out and get rocks and wood.
The sand castle and terra cotta flower pots are my only "fake" decorations I have anymore. I will NOT get rid of my sand castle!

I like my tank, as is. I think it's going to look quite nice when it fills in. Seems I'm the only one of this opinion, but it's my opinion that matters.
 

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Also, I like mounding the gravel up in the corners to get rid of that flat look. Get some grasses in the corners.
 

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I say leave the castle in, I will look cool peeking through the plants when it fills in. My suggestion was to add (alot more) plants to prevent an algae outbreak and to keep the fauna happier. You'll like your tank all the more if you can avoid that :proud:
 

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I say leave the castle in, I will look cool peeking through the plants when it fills in. My suggestion was to add (alot more) plants to prevent an algae outbreak and to keep the fauna happier. You'll like your tank all the more if you can avoid that :proud:
I suppose I could add some Java fern and mosses in the empty spots for the time, then take them out later. I'm trying to think too far in advance probably. I just see the few tiny plants that I have in there filling in just about right. If I add more then I would just find myself uprooting them later. And when I start uprooting things, I get carried away. That's how this replant started, lol.

I'm not terribly worried about an algae outbreak. I have some baby BNs that would love it, lol. As soon as the little rascals finish cleaning up a 2.5g (they've been at it for about a week now), one of them is going to move into this tank semi-permanently (until he needs a larger tank in a few years).
 
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