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Old 08-11-2005, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was at my LFS last night and found 3 small pieces of Zebra Rock. I think this is a very attractive rock and want to put it into my 5 gallon tank that I am setting up for the Contest. I have it setting in the bare tank right now and really like the looks of it with the Eco-Complete substrate.

My question is this. What plants would you recommend to use with this rock? I was thinking of going with mostly Asian plants but I like this rock so much I want to use it as the hardscape. Would the Asian plants still be okay for this? And if so which ones would you recommend?

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I got the Zebra Rock in the tank last night. What do you think? I also have this in my Contest Journal.



Edit: that is not the background, it has a towel hanging behind it so hide the wicker sofa it was setting on. I am considering painting the back of the tank black.

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Myra,

I like the looks of the rock. The color is a bit too striking though the right setup and plants could make it look like snowcapped mountains. Did they have any smaller rocks of the same type? It's a general rule that smaller rocks are at the base of larger ones. Just observe next time you are outside and you'll see what I mean.

Also, I would offset the rocks just a tad more as they are too centered at the moment. I hope all this helps out.
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Would you move them more left or right? If I go left I don't know about the filter getting in the way. I tried to keep them to one side but maybe a little more would help. Can I shorten the intake of the filter to get it above the rocks and not have any problems with the filter?

These are about the smallest they had. Would it do any good to buy a larger one and break it into smaller pieces? I don't know if it would look natural if I break one.

The color may not be all that correct as I had to modify the picture to have it so it would show up well enough.
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If you're worried about the filter intake then move the rocks more to the right side. Have the largest one in the back and the smaller two in front of it. It would probably be a good idea to get another larger rock and break it into small pieces. Make sure and wear goggles when you do that. The smaller pieces may look odd at first, but once the rocks age with a little algae and such it will look fine.
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Okay, I went back to the LFS and they had a few small pieces of the Zebra Rock. I bought several and have a new picture. I moved them to the left and put in three small pieces (you may not be able to see the one). I took out the filter and put in a Stingray Filter.

What do you think of this? Do I need to make any more changes?

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That looks a lot better I think. If you plant it taller towards the back left and have it slope at an angle into a foreground towards the right side it could look really nice.
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How about a really minimal set up of nothing but HC and those rocks? Make it so that the gravel is sloping from left to right and back to front with the biggest rock on top of the hill and the smaller ones to help hold the shape of the slope with HC covering the gravel...
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You can't really see it to well in the pic but it is sloping from the left back toward the front center and the right back toward the front center. There is somewhat of a dip in the center back of the tank at the point of the filter. The big rock is (somewhat) on the top with the smaller rocks lower. Should I build up the back left a little more and make the right side more flat to get the effect you are discribing?

I wish I could get rid of the shadow from the hood to see the thing better. Maybe I will see what happens with the lid off.

Thanks for the suggestions so far. Keep them coming. How about plants?

I have a melon sword, riccia, glosso, and baby tears already that I could use. I could probably pull some plants from my 29 gallon as well but at the moment I can't recall what all I have in it.

I am working on a layout scheme utilizing plants I already have. I will post it when I have a chance.
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Here is another picture of the tank layout. I have made a scheme for the plants. Let me know what you think. I am open to suggestions for the plants as well if you have any that would work better.

It now slopes from the back left corner down to the front right corner.




1) Proserpinaca Palustris L. 'Mermaid Weed'
2) Micranthemum Elatinoides 'Baby Tears'
3) Riccia (covering canvas)
4) Glossostigma Elatinoides
5) Vesicularia Sp. 'Christmas Moss'

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