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Why do you think? 29g

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by TrevorT, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. TrevorT

    TrevorT New Member

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    So I just set this up. I'm going to put christmas moss on the DW and add a carpeting plant. Also add a black background. Any suggestion on what to add or change?

    Sorry for the bad pic from my phone and dirty glass...[​IMG]

    Size: 29 g
    Co2: excel and diy..,eventually pressurized
    Plants: crypt wendtii green and tropica, cyperus helferi, dwarf sag, rotala rotundifolia, downoi, frogbit, and one I forget the name
    Livestock: ghost shrimp and 3 ottos so far
    Lighting: 3 26 watt cfls
     

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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Trevor

    Welcome to ASW can you fill in your Location and Country please.

    As for a tank its a simple design and looks clean but sorry to say as far as Aquascaping its just too flat and does not have a WOW factor its the type of tank you look at for a few minutes and that is it, there is nothing there to hold your interest and move from one interest to the next interest point.

    My suggestion at the moment leave the tank as it is and do a lot of research on Aquascaping here on ASW then come back with a few photos of something you would like to create.

    As for your inhabitants at the moment the Ottos prefer an older established tank with plenty of cover and natural algae as food.

    Keith:):)
     
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    chiangstar Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hi Trevor

    What are you trying to achieve with this tank? Do you want an 'Aquascape'? Or do you want a simple tank with plants and fish?

    If it is an aquascape you are after, you should read this great thread that randy0319 started:

    http://www.aquascapingworld.com/threads/aquascaping-categories-my-own-take-on-it.5970/

    Choose the type of scape you are after and then people can help you achieve the look you want.

    Cheers

    Simon
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Simon

    That is fantastic advice.

    Keith:):)
     
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    TrevorT New Member

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    I don't know what category this is but im going for something similar to this aquascape by George Farmer
    [​IMG]
     
  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Trevor

    That Aquascape was done by a highly skilled expert and I don't think cost came into it.

    That tank looks a lot longer than your tank to start off with but with a lot of careful planning I think the Aquascaping could be reduced in scale.

    Keith:):)
     
  7. TrevorT

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    True that. It was just a basic idea of the style I was going for! So any suggestions ?maybe put a big DW instead of the biggest rock?
     
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    chiangstar Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hi Trevor,

    That tank is obviously very different to yours, but if it is that style that you are after, I would be finding out the types of plants that are in that scape, seeing what light, CO2 and ferts are required to grow those plants, and then seeing how this compares to your set up. If the particular plants do not match your needs, then look at finding replacements.

    As for DW, that's entirely up to you. I think you could probably make a nice scape out of what you have, but it just depends on how much you want it to look like the picture you posted.

    Cheers

    Simon
     
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  9. TrevorT

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    Here's updated pic that I like alot better switched out the big rock for DW. Any suggestion to make it better? I was thinking maybe a path way on the left side. [​IMG]
     
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    Sorry right side
     
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    Trevor

    Here are a few simple changes that "might" work

    The most obvious is a backing I used a pale blue and you can see the difference immediately

    The RH side is very flat at the moment, my suggestion is to make a slope by adding at least 10cm back RH corner and slope it to the front RH corner and to the level on the LH side.

    To do this you will have to lift the inlet or hide it at the LH back corner.

    You could add 3 rocks (same as LH side) 1 large 1 med & 1 smaller rock.

    Its just something for you to consider

    Keith:):)
     
  12. TrevorT

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    Thanks for the help! I will be adding something to the RH side and was thinking maybe a path in between the two sides! What color do you think for the background blue or black? what would be a good background plant for medium light? Also any suggestions for a carpet plant and the easiest moss to keep?
     
  13. keithgh

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    Back ground colours black is black but with the blues there are many shades.

    Have a look at the stick on book coverings I just used some black for the Terrascape and it worked perfectly.

    Pathways they can either make a Aquascape or divide it into two sections plan it very carefully first.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Updated pictures.http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/29/y7eze3en.jpg[/IMG

    [IMG]http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/29/vezeha7a.jpg

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    That is a great improvement I also notice you have shifted the filter inlet.

    I would like to a tall thin plant eg Val in the back RH corner.

    Keith:):)
     
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    chiangstar Aspiring Aquascaper

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    This looks great! Now you just need your plants to grow!

    Cheers

    Simon
     
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    Thanks ! And ya moved the inlet over for now until I get a canister. And sorry that last line confused me. The plant in the RH corner is crypt spiralus.
     
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    Thanks and I agree on the plants!
     

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