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So I had forgotten about this tank since it was my first planted tank which I was unhappy with (you know it's a learning experience Lol) and just had a bunch of random fish also I got 2 other highlight tanks after that which I paid more attention to. Plus i got a chameleon as well that takes up time. It's been like 2 years since I gave this tank TLC.

So since Thanksgiving was at my house this year and I moved the tank to the living room, I decided to redo the tank and I had an idea how I wanted to do it for a while. I'm really Happy with how it came out just need to get some more fish
Plants: prava, crypts, Java fern, Anubis Nana, four left clover (forgot the real name)
Fauna: cardinal tetra, albino Cory, kuhli loach, and pure stain endlers.

Here is before

During new scape




Finished



Let me know What u guys think?
Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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I think it looks really good so far! I like the hardscape and division of substrate. I also like the slope from high on the right to low on the left. Have you considered some tall growing stem plants on the right side to emphasize the height of the tank? I think most stem plants will offer some more variety of leaf shape to add to the diversity of your tank!
 

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Thanks, Ya I was thinking of replacing the Java fern on the right to put a tall stem plant but I just did this with plants I already had. Also since it's a low light tank I have to see which stem plants will do good in low light cause I believe most stem plants need medium to high light. Any suggestions?

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You could go lots of directions but I like Ludwiga Repens(prob won't get red but will grow) or Bacopa, Wisteria....all would look good.
 

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i would prob go with wisteria it grows more bushy and i think it would keep the feel you have going on right now, would look pretty good or you could go with another hygro species.
 

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You could go lots of directions but I like Ludwiga Repens(prob won't get red but will grow) or Bacopa, Wisteria....all would look good.
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i would prob go with wisteria it grows more bushy and i think it would keep the feel you have going on right now, would look pretty good or you could go with another hygro species.
Ya that's What I was thinking about with the wisteria.


Also thinking of What center piece fish to should get? Was thinking about a pair of rams, peacock gudgeons, or killi fish.
Already going add a few Cory's and cardinal tetras and maybe kuhli loaches as well

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RAms or Apistos would be nice(some of my favorites).
 

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Got some free plants from usgetata and decided to put them in here and I'll will be adding another 6500k led light with a little bit of Co2 to make sure plants stay alive!

I love how it filled in!


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Wow nice! The plants will definitely fill in nicely. The sand gives it a nice clean look as well!
Thanks just hope the plants will hold up till the light comes in next week

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I love the new plant additions! Very bushy, and great deliberate color transition from left to right.
Is it hard to keep the white sand clean with all the plants in the tank?
 

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I love the new plant additions! Very bushy, and great deliberate color transition from left to right.
Is it hard to keep the white sand clean with all the plants in the tank?
Yes that's what I tried to do with the colors since there is a lot of different plants in there.

It's not hard just have to get a gravel vac and do it once in a while.


Looking good !
Thanks again for the plants! And showing me ur tanks!




Loving the sandscape... Bold gamble paid off
Thanks I think so too

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Been a while but changed up the plants since my lights couldnt keep up with those plants and didnt have any co2. I put some jungle val. from another tank I had as well as a branch driftwood with flame moss and anabis tied on.
Also I'm going to change the fish in here as well. looks like I'm going to add a pair of apisto viejita redneck or apisto macmasteri super red with about
4 killifish
4 peacock goby
10-15 cardinal tetras or galaxy rasboras
3 albino corys
3-4 hillstream loaches

Hope to do changes soon, also will be removing endlers from tank

 

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Scape looks good. I like the open space up front.

If you get all the fish on your list, you'd have roughly 30 fish inside an 18g. That seems like a ton of fish for such a small and tall tank. I have 7 cardinals and 3 guppies and I cant imagine having triple of what I already have.
 

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ya i know looks like im going to get 6 peacock gobies, 4 killifish, 10 tetras and keep the 2 corys i have right now and just leave it like that maybe the apisto. I have a aquaclear 50 on it so I can push it a little. wish it was a 29 gallon but love the stand and canopy.
 

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I hear ya on the stand/canopy. When I replaced my sons 10g with a 20h, I really wanted a 29g but his night stand was freshly varnished so opted not to replace it with a bigger stand.

Cant wait to see your finished community. How soon will you get your fish?
 
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