Ashbury Island (Major RESCAPE) UPDATE: Lots and lots of updates to this tank. I had three Garra rufa. However, I wanted lots of shrimp, and they are just too uppity with the shrimp. Plus, it is impossible to plant HC with Garra in your tank. These doctor fish have amazing personalities so maybe I will try again someday. Here is the last pic of one before I gave them away. If you make a loose fist, and place it in the tank, the Garra will literally swim inside your grip. If this is true, why was it still so hard to catch them once I needed to give them away? Sorry in advance for the quality of this pic. It's blurry because I had to move the camera in order to follow the Zebra Otto. I have 3 of them in the tank now, and they are quite boisterous. At Aqua Forest, they were still as can be, and I never saw them move. In my tank, they may as well be snorting 8-balls. I have to say, I love these fish. It's also a big bonus that they like to play with the regular Otto. I added a couple of Hygro Kompact to the scape, and after some initial melting because my diffuser was heavily in need of a bleaching, and nothing was getting CO2, they seem to be making a nice enough recovery. I turned the lights way down to combat an algae bloom, going from 9 to 5 hours a day, and that's when the brown algae struck. Worse, it blocked off my CO2, and then plants started melting. Luckily, now cleaned, everything is pearling again, and we're getting back to normal. You can see where I ripped out the glosso and replaced with tiny HC plantlets. Finally, a clean CO2 diffuser. It makes all the difference. The brown algae has really subsided as well. 3 new Amanos are also on the job. Here, you can see many new additions to my tank. Currently, I have 2 tiger shrimp, 3 cherry shrimp, 2 mutts, 3 Zebra Otto, 7 Otto cats, and 6 pea puffer. As many of you already know, keeping any kind of puffer with shrimp can be an ordeal. I keep these puffers well fed with frozen blood worms, and they have pretty much stopped bothering the shrimp all together. This is good because I have 3 bumble bee ninjas and 4 green shrimp, and 10 blue pearls on the way. In this pic, you can see all of the pea puffers and Ottos playing together. They all get along really well, and they are endlessly playing in the outflow glass, and swimming vigorously, back and forth across my 90p. A few of the Ottos are really fond of flying back and forth, up and down across the tank, and I actually witnessed the puffer watching them intently, and then copying their actions. In fact, the puffers adore the Otto and constantly try to mimic their actions. I raised my outflow tank a bit to create more surface agitation, and in turn, more oxygen in the tank so I could raise the CO2 bubble count. In turn, all of the plants are now pearling, and none of the fish are having any difficulty or gasping. It's a nice balance now. I am very happy with the growth of the HC and glosso. I've already had to trim quite a bit, but I am now going to let the glosso on the right run wild (it will get quite tall) so that the shrimp have even more places to hide while they're molting. I've picked up a molt carcass at least every other day. I'm also pretty happy with the Xmass tree moss which has made a nice transition from simply spraying it with a water bottle during DSM to submerged, and finally to fantastic growth. Here is a closeup of one of my puffers. One of the shrimp had babies (wasn't even aware of the pregnancy), and there were lots of tiny offspring jumping about on and in the HC. The puffers obviously got a taste for them, and they have been constantly stalking, scouring the substrate for signs of movement ever since. I even saw them make a go at one of the sub-millimeter shrimps, and the shrimp managed to escape... for now. Too late for quarantine. Maybe some of you have seen the flick where these alien space ships, shaped kind of like a puffer, hover in the air around apartment buildings, peaking in windows, hoping to exterminate the humans. Well, this is my pea puffers with baby shrimp. Relentless. /end updates. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi all, Here is my first ever aquascape. I couldn't really decide on what kind of scape I wanted to do, so I split the aquarium a little bit on this one. I am going DSM, and we will see if I have the obvious problems occur. ie, How am I going to maintain the emersion for the roots on the taller sections? No way the Christmas tree moss survives on the end of those branches, etc. From a style perspective, I can't tell yet if there is too much going on. It's easy to point out that I have two focal points instead of one, sometimes a no-no, so we'll have to see how it turns out once grown in a little bit. Tank: 90p ADA Plants: HC and glosso for the base. Blyxa japonica around the edge of most of the rocks (haven't planted yet). A little anubias nana petite at the base of the manzanita wood. Christmas tree moss at the end of the branches (we'll see if it survives until submersion). Rocks: I found some nice ones at the bonzai store in Japantown. Filter: Eheim pro3 g90 Lighting: fishneedit MH with ADA Nag bulb Filter system: all aquatic magic glassware Substrate: amazonia, amazonia sand, amazonia powder, bacter 100 ETC: Hyder ETH. Dry ferts will be introduced after submersion. 10lb CO2 tank. My apartment had a natural place to put the aquarium, with several inches on both side of the glass to fit the lily pipes, etc.