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Old 06-29-2014, 11:53 PM   #1 
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Need ideas to help this tank!

This is Ocean's 5 gallon, and I think it needs a remodel... the problem is, I just don't quite know what to do with it!
Any suggestions? I'm open to just about anything.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:12 AM   #2 
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I think that the white sand is stunning! I love white sand myself. You need some taller plants in the back, perhaps moneywort or vals. Vals grow quickly and send multiple runners around quickly. Check out aquascaping pictures on google, they can be very inspiring!

Maybe instead of the cup, you could get some driftwood or a natural looking ornament for a hidey-hole. Rocks work really well to create a natural-looking environment. The goal of making a nice planted tank is to make it look like a natural environment.

You really can go any direction you want! Have fun!
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:13 AM   #3 
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How are you getting on with the live plants? I found I had lots of Algae blooms with the amount of time I needed to have the lights on for the plants. If you have that issue, you might want to consider silk and then not have on the light on apart from when you are viewing your fish, he wont mind, Betta's don't like bright light anyway.

If they are not going well I would look at removing them and using silk plants and planting it up more densely. If your plants are going well I would add more plants.

Try to build it up so you have more levels for you fish to rest on. You could also add some drift wood if you are going for a natural look, and even change the mug out for a small terracotta garden pot, you might need to plug up the hole if he is inclined to try and squeeze though it, the pot would look more natural than the mug, but same sort of hidey hole for the fish. Or you could invest in a actual fish ornament hidey hole.

Good luck with what you decide to do.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:01 AM   #4 
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I haven't had much algae with the lights and plants - Then again, I ended up bringing in about 8 million baby snails with the plants, so...
I think I'll get him a little pot and pick up a couple rocks. I have 2 tanks with driftwood and 1 with rocks already, and I'm trying not to have multiple similar tanks (easier to defend them to the husband if they're different ) Thanks for the suggestion about plugging it up!
as far as levels go, maybe I could get him some sort of little shelving unit thing? and then put sand on it to hide the plastic and put plants on it? hmm.

Reagan, I have some mini vals in there already but they just haven't taken off yet :( hopefully they will soon!

thank you both for your suggestions!
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:40 AM   #5 
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If you want a cheap, natural looking alternative to the mug, I have made a shot glass and covered it in java moss if you think you want something bigger, a normal glass would do! I think it looks super cute.

The sand is gorgeous, I wish I could have found white sand for my tanks, I ended up getting yellow. Sand is so much prettier than gravel though!

There's so much potential in that tank, your very lucky.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:58 PM   #6 
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how did you get the moss to stick on the shot glass??!! I can't even make it stick on wood!
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:08 PM   #7 
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You can hollow out a half a coconut and use that for a cave too. Just get all the coconut "meat" off.
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:37 PM   #8 
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I picked up a few terra cotta pots last night and came up with this.
There is a vallisneria hiding in the back left, and there's a sword next to it in addition to the front right sword. Today I added a couple moneyworts between the smaller pots, and I'm getting a box full of val (yay aquabid!) in a couple days, so I'll put a couple of those in there too. It's coming along nicely, I'm so happy!
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:08 PM   #9 
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Love the white sand look, mind if I ask where it's from? Everything I've found around here is just tan in color.
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:55 PM   #10 
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Love the white sand look, mind if I ask where it's from? Everything I've found around here is just tan in color.
I got it here:
White Sand Aquarium Hermit Crab Terrarium Substrate 1oz 25lbs | eBay
If you really want some, PM me. I bought way too much and now have 2 gallon zip locks full that I don't want. it really doesn't take as much as I thought it would! (I have maybe 1/2 of a gallon bag in this tank, and that's a high estimate.)
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