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Planted with a side of whimsy! UPDATED 3/30/14: The Whimsy is no more :(

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This tank was created for and inspired by my new twin tail halfmoon betta.

I pulled the Anubias and blue gravel from my 20h; used Floramax I had left from another scape, added DHG, and threw in a stem of Pogostemon pumilus. I'm not 100% on the placement of the Mopani, and will probably replace the nana with a petite or java fern.

Looking for tankmates for this guy as well.
Critiques/comments welcome!

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the only way to do blue gravel :)

I like it without the bridge.
 

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the only way to do blue gravel :)

I like it without the bridge.
Lol. I have always like the contrast of blue gravel with the bright green plants in my "ghetto tank". :tongue:

I, too, was contemplating the bridge. Any other ideas for using the wood in this scape? Otherwise I can just save it for when I redo my 20. I was also thinking about putting some moss on it to soften the look.

I also need to get some fishing line to replace my rubber bands on the anubias (Since it's not in the ghetto tank anymore.) ;)
 

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I like it with the driftwood, but it looks good either way. I think you should add the moss:). I tried to make a river in my big aquarium almost like that, but I had weather loaches at the time and they mixed the gravel together. Oh, and nice betta, I like his color.
 

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I always liked that whole "pathway" kind of look. Very good job with it in such a small space.
I actually bought some sand, too. Was thinking about maybe doing a beach instead of a river. I may end up with a sand pathway instead of the river if I get tired of it.

Question for all:

I have seen threads about starting lighting at short intervals and gradually increasing length over time, but I can't seem to find any of them right now. I am also wondering when I should start dosing liquid ferts and liquid CO2.

The gravel, lava/Anubias, 50%+ of the water (siphoned out of the substrate) and old, nasty, filter cartridge all came from my larger tank, so I would consider this a mostly cycled aquarium.
 

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I like the bridge idea...especially if covered with moss. I just think your driftwood is too chunky. I'm thinking a thin piece with a high arch covered in moss, maybe the fake vine looking stuff they sell for reptiles- you can bend it any shape you like.
 

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I like the bridge idea...especially if covered with moss. I just think your driftwood is too chunky. I'm thinking a thin piece with a high arch covered in moss, maybe the fake vine looking stuff they sell for reptiles- you can bend it any shape you like.
Good point, I like my bridge, but the scale of it is probably why I'm not completely sold on it. I'll look around and see what I can find.
 

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So... I have some newfound respect for everyone who has planted DHG before. I replanted all of the grass in my tank. It took FOREVER!!! Anyway, here are some current pics. The RCS are growing nicely :) Everyone seems happy, so far! The shrimp have taken care of the nasty fungus on my driftwood, and my tiny crumb of java moss has started to grow! The nana has also put out another new leaf.



 

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better and better
 

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Thanks guys!

The idea came to me rather quickly. I saw the fish, and thought of those cool scapes with "trees" on a hill. Then the blue rock came to mind... Riverside/oceanside... I wanted to keep it simple. The original scape was about 2-3 hrs from "idea" to completion. I was pleased with how it turned out, as I don't consider myself a particularly creative person, and even less commonly do my ideas actually work out in real life.

When I replanted, the DHG didn't have the roots I was hoping for, but I did find quite a few runners :) it should fill in nicely. I'm quite impressed with how it has been growing; I didn't expect much from the plant, and the stock lighting on this little tank is pretty good! I also dose CO2 Booster daily, which I'm sure helps a lot.

I may move the RCS to another tank and get some snowballs, or something that will stand out more. Thoughts?

Eventually I need to pull the lava rock and let it dry out so I can glue the nana to it. Or go out and buy some fishing line, at least. Rubber bands aren't too classy, I'm told ;)
 

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Discussion Starter · #15 · (Edited)
Berried! Have had the shrimp for about a week and just spotted a berried female a couple minutes ago! Fingers crossed for new babies! I know RCS are known for being easy breeders, but still pretty stoked to have my first eggs. Hoping for successful carry/hatching!
 

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[b]updated info 3/30/14:[/b]

Alas, Mr. Betta died about a week before I moved. Got some higher quality RCS, and they made the trip great. The river, not so much. haha. I blended the blue rock into the Floramax. The DHG all died, because I didn't put in the effort/expense that would have been required to keep it alive. The anubias outgrew the tank, so I got some petite and glued it to a larger piece of lava rock. The goal is to get the rotala growing across the whole back of the tank. The H. corymbosa has pinholes in the leaves, so I may need to up my fert dosing.

The tank has a Freshwater Satellite LED and the (dying) stock light.
 

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