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Old 02-27-2013, 03:01 AM   #51 
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Pretty crappy angle but you get the idea
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:44 AM   #52 
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If you are still deciding on tank decor here are things I think about:

1.) what room is it going in and do you want it to coordinate at all? (Not going overboard, but for example someone I know has an Asian themed room so I got their betta tank a little red bridge and the asian bridge background. That's all I did, the rest are all green plants and soil)

2.) I think you already said you're doing black gravel so I assume your fish is not very dark and would stand out nicely. I would always do this - I'd always contrast the fish to the decor .. although now I only have a planted tank so everything is just green.

3.) Just make sure you get a hidey hole thing.

4.) If you get driftwood and you have a working light, you might as well tie a java fern or anubia to the driftwood. It's low maintenance, low light, and helps the water quality. And the java fern will grow.

What color is the fish you're making this tank for? I missed it.

Here are some progressions of my old 5 gallon I no longer have. Now I am just doing boring old plants in a 6.6 gallon.




I added 2 photos of some 6.6 gallons I used to have just for color schemes to look at.

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Old 02-27-2013, 05:44 AM   #53 
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If you do still want to do a "non-freshwater" look .. I always liked this Petsmart background with these orange and white themes for decor. It was very "happy/vacation-y" feeling .. ha ha.



Here is another 5 gallon version I had once




and a 2.5 gallon but oyu could easily do a 5 gallon like any of these


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Old 02-27-2013, 08:17 AM   #54 
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:33 AM   #55 
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Here's a pic of my 6 gallon pillar.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:20 PM   #56 
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thanks for all the posts!!! i bought my tank from walmart and had it sent site to store and it is at the store now but i haven't had a chance to go pick it up yet...

mursey Mardi (my betta) is teal and red but the tips of his fins are white this is a link to a pic of him (he has colored up quiet a bit since then but he is very active so it is hard to get good pics of him) http://m1279.photobucket.com/albumvi...l?o=1&newest=1
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:19 PM   #57 
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I don't have any pics yet since I just put Phoenix in his new 5 gallon tank, but I wanted to mention I also have black gravel. Phoenix is a yellowish/pineapple color so it really makes him pop.

In Angus' 10 gallon we have white gravel. With his blue coloring it's awesome.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:46 PM   #58 
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Wow, Mardi is so pretty!! I think he's a delta tail. Congrats!
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:36 PM   #59 
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Love seeing everyone's tanks. They're all beautiful!
Here's my 5 gal Chi, with Gaer Braig ("fierce copper").

I used this picture (and real life garden) as inspiration.

The waterline in the tank isn't as crooked as it seems in the pic, but I do need to level the table a bit! The tank doesn't have great light, so I mixed silk plants (the colorful ones) with java fern, java moss on the driftwood, a moss ball, and an Anubis.

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Old 03-03-2013, 10:24 AM   #60 
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Wow, great job on that!
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