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Old 05-11-2004, 06:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First, the tank in question.






Well, here is the idea...

1.(Foreground). Not to sure exactly what to put here. I was thinking maybe java moss or perhaps Sag sublata. I really like the hilly look you can get with the moss though. How would you go about it. Perhaps space out whatever the moss is on and have some kind of plant filling in the cracks. The center foreground has a question mark as I'm not sure if I should use the same plants through the whole thing. Perhaps leave the left portion with just sand?

Also, I think it would be nice to put either 2-3 banana plants or dwarf lilys and allow them to create floaters just left of the piece of driftwood which cuts position 1 in half.

2. Both of these positions are in front of driftwood(the brown things). I was thinking of using some kind of crypt. I like the looks of C. wendtii 'Bronze'. I also think that would stand out more in front of the driftwood. Possibly using 2 kinds of plants too. Would Tropica swords work for this, or further back?

3. Currently occupying this space are 2 small aponogeton crispus. This is, BTw, behind the large java fern in the photo. Whatever it is should grow tall enough to get over this and add depth. Then again, short plants here might add depth too when the viewer peers into the tank from the left. It could also be a continuation of #2

4. This is between the fake log and the driftwood piece on the right. Not ot sure what to use here. Should be short. A java fern'narrow' happened to find its way there. Should I leave it? It seems to be blocking the view of the log and the java moss attached though.

5. This area would be for one or two large(or tall)plants. I was thinking of using some kind of swordplant there. Would a red tiger lotus work? I would like whatever is there to get big enough to fill this place, perhaps nearly reaching the top.

6. This place is in the very back. Whatever grows here needs to grow tall, provide a nice background, and be tidy(it will be a pain to trim bach there). I was thinking of using giant vals back there. Would the resulting shade be bad for the plants in position 5?


Last but not least, I left the area around the branchy piece blank cause Im not to sure what to put there. Any suggestion would be great!


BTw, the scribbles in the back left say "Hygrophila augustifolia"
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Before you dive into scaping your tank, you really should add more substrate material to that tank --at least a couple bags of Flourite or Eco-complete.

Also, what is the lighting?

CO2?

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Yeah, I'll definetly have to add more substrate to the back. Im guessing the result should be about 2-3 inches?


Lighting is 96 watts of CF lighting. However, the old tank coverglass has some mineral deposits and waterspots as of now, which seems to dim the light a bit. I may clean the glass after I get something able to dissolve the deposits(vinegar didn't work).

No Co2 as of now.
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You should probably shoot for 2-3 inches throughout the tank for best results.

Since its the cover glass, not the tank itself, you could probably clean it fairly easily with CLR and a razor blade, then rinse it really well and use it.
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I put the narrow leaved java fern onto the diftwood on the left. now for something to contrast with that...


For the substrate, could eco complete mix with the playsand I have now?
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Well, Since there was nothing much else to do(still waiting for substrate and more plants). I took an old lava rock, broke it to bits, and got some pieces to use on the left size of #1. I then tied java moss to these rocks. Hope to trim them as they grow again and get a hilly effect. Do you think planting some other foreground plant between the rocks would work well?

Thanks!
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Hey noname!

It's an exciting time, right! Putting together an aquarium! Best time if you ask me. All that worry about getting things put together planted, waiting for plants, changing things...fun stuff.

I agree with the other comments in that you need more substrate in there. What did you get?

What is it that you are trying to accomplish with this aquascape? Do you have a particular look/style you're after?

You've done good with the planting plan, but I find I have to understand a theme as well. Some of my themes in the past were "a rocky, open plane", "a thick amazon look", and "a forest clearing". Going through the exercise of visualizing a theme helps with the planting plan as well as fish choice, trimming, plant substitutes, etc.
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I think that "Forest Clearing" best fits this tank. The ivory montys need quite a bit of room to display...so I was hoping to leave the middle(foreground) open. Everything else would be planted to some extent and provide shelter for the fry and 6 bluespotted sunfish and whatever offspring I get from them.

Havent gotten substrate yet. Hoping to use laterite...as EcoComplete is bagged with that "water" and I'd probably need quite a few bags which would take quite a chunk of money.

Thought you'd want to see an update. The java moss foreground(see to it that it gets attached to some lava rock) has been installed. I wonder if it would be nice to put some other kind of foreground plant between the rocks? Someone on another board mentioned the slope on the left and said it would be neat to enhance that. Currently, the spot just right of the hygro is being used to grow out some anacharis. Not to sure how good of plants these are for scaping like that though.


Left side. unfortuanately, the narrow leaf java fern in the pic is now producing leaves of lighter color like the normal java fern in there. I'll move it and find something to maintain that color. How would crypts do?


Thanks for the advice and help all! Much appreciated.
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I added a few more lava rocks and tied more java moss to them.


Is it possible to use 2 foreground and still have to tank look good? Ors should I stick with lava rocks/java moss all the way through?

No one has commented on the little planting other plants between the rocks either...I'd love to have opinions on that.


Thanks in advance for the help!
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