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Hey all! You may know me as a shrimper but the reason I got into shrimps was planted tanks!

I have a Mini-S that I've had for a while, as well as some old hardscape materials; I decided to throw them together to make some sort of something or other. This is still in the design phase, it might go all rock at the moment or I might keep the manzanita (special thanks to PC1 for it, you're the best!) and the Seiryu that's in it currently. But as I have to soak the wood first I have a while to decide.


Anyway, anyone have any suggestions?? Should I ditch the driftwood and go all rock (I'm thinking Unzan stone, waiting for Adg to email me back about stones) or keep it like this/move it around a little? Also-- what plants should I do? I was thinking HC foreground and then I'd add some pellia or fissidens to the manzanita, but I'm starting to like the idea of DHG belem as the foreground to look more natural and wild.



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^^Hehe there it is on my shrimp rack, next to all my shrimp stuff :p

Any suggestions, comments etc. are greatly appreciated! I wanna take my time, get feedback, and learn throughout this; this is my first real CO2 fueled aquascape and I want it to look nice.

Thanks!
 

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I feel like there's too much soil in there. Otherwise, I like it. Very natural looking. Maybe you could tinker with the rocks a little more to make it look more a tiny bit more natural but for now it looks pretty darn good.
 

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I'm with freph. I love it!

Some things you might consider trying..

Instead of a front to back slope, a side to side slope might look more dynamic in a tank with little horizontal play space.

Otherwise I love it. We approach aquascaping the same way :)

I'm definitely following along, as I LOVE small tanks. I keep them myself lol.


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I think that could definitely work. I like big pieces in small tanks, but it can't be touching or almost touching the side (which it appears it is from the pic anyway) and there might not be enough distance between the ADA light and the wood to fully appreciate it. Just my 2 cents.
 

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love the size of the stump! looks a lot like the base of a tree, there could be less soil, but i agree with some of the other comments, try arranging the slope in a different angle maybe at a 45? But love the look and scale of the layout, i can imagine a glosso carpet with lots of Anubis in this tank.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I realize there's way too much soil in there haha. Before the tank had been home to some hermit crabs my niece surrendered to me and I had a big slope and branches so they had more floor space.

I decided I'm gonna go with Unzan stone. But in the mean time I can have a little fun and do Seiryu scapes like this:



Note: this is just an exercise in scaping and visualization. I gave myself 15 random rocks and 10 minutes to make something cool. I did take out a lot of substrate. I kind of like it but I still definitely want the Unzan lol
 

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Keep the stump! Just lower your substrate a ton, as others have suggested.

Fissidens will be a nice size for the tank, as well.

Perfect tank for shrimp.
Yeah, the stump is perfect for a shrimp tank... but not for this tank- it's too big. The substrate looks super high, but the driftwood can only go that far down into the tank- it's too big to fit at the top and couldn't fit any other way.

I like them both a lot. The second is done often, but it is also more attractive overall.


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Thanks! Yea the second one was kind of fun, I have a lot of time before the Unzan comes so this is my backup scape.
 
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