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This is in the early stages of planning. 5 gallon rimless setup for betta fish. I’m recycling some old driftwood and seiryu stone from a previous build. I’ll add aquarium gravel mixed with aqua soil for a base slopes up toward the back left corner with a top layer of light colored sand with flatter areas in the right and along the front. This will be planted with Java ferns, anubias, and Java moss. Going for a low maintenance but high quality looking setup.




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I could very easily do that. I have plenty of crypts in my other tank that are growing out right now. I have plenty of crypt wendtii bronze that I could pull and put in this setup as well as some crypt balansae that I could move over. That might look kinda cool in the back corner once it is long enough to lay across the top of the water.


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IMO you don't need to put rocks too dense, use them as walls to retain aqua soil, and then maybe put some on top for additional decoration. What I found is that
  • Too dense rock placement makes it really hard to plant, not much surface area for soil and there's not much areas with deep enough soil
  • As the plants grow in, they will cover a lot of the rocks that are buried in the middle.
 

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IMO you don't need to put rocks too dense, use them as walls to retain aqua soil, and then maybe put some on top for additional decoration. What I found is that
  • Too dense rock placement makes it really hard to plant, not much surface area for soil and there's not much areas with deep enough soil
  • As the plants grow in, they will cover a lot of the rocks that are buried in the middle.
I’ll definitely take that into consideration one I get the substrate in. I thought they were a bit dense but I guess to my eye I was simulating the slope I envision. I was definitely beginning to feel like I’m not going to pile so many rocks there once the substrate is in. Thanks!


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Here it is after adding plants. The crypt lutea and crypt balansae are still small and should fill out the left/center of the background and even out the lines visually I think. The anubias have some growing to do and the Java moss is placed all around the base of the driftwood and should fill out the shapes nicely in a month or two.




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