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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Planted tank... still feels like it's missing something

So I redid one of my boys tanks. I'm not sure if he likes it yet. He's confused as heck. But I know he will benefit from it. Going to use a plain desk lamp with a 6500k CFL bulb. Planning 8-10 hours a day.

It's got a few anubis, a large bundle of crypts (a mini one, or so I hope it stays!), a banana plant that will not stay anchored without burying it, and a bundle of stems that I'm not sure exactly what. They look sorta like bacopa.

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Maybe some more ground foliage :)

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I agree with Eatmice, some grass maybe would look nice

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Longer, floating plants in the back, some smaller ground foliage (Like eatmice said) in the front and sides, some open area in the middle, a black background :)

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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sadly those are only available on occassion, and not very often around here. I was thinking a nice -small- piece of driftwood and some moss. I could toss in a few cherries for him to chase.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-27-2013, 07:31 AM
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you really cant do much in such a small tank with such big plants. I do recommend putting that roman pillar on it's side or on a slant so it's not so centered and vertical.
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Maybe you could try bunching the plants together so they're not all random like that. And I would put the column ornament off center to the left or right a bit.

It's a nice start though.

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Yes a nice start live plants are the best thing you can do for your fish. I would add like a cave decoration on one side or something he can explore down at the bottom of his home. Just make sure any openings are big enough so he doesnt get stuck.

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If it were me, I'd probably arrange the plants so they create a kind of sloping appearance rather than scattered about and add some rosette plants or grass, but that's just personal preference. I do agree with moving the columns off-center though. The driftwood and moss idea sounds great!

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I wanted to bunch the stems, but they wouldn't stay burried for some reason. So I had to spread them out.

Might be going in on an aquamagic order. They have lots of mosses and other smaller plants I can try.
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