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Old 04-08-2013, 10:48 AM   #71 
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I use small black aquarium gravel with some slight Seachem ferts.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:50 AM   #72 
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Where do you guys find the right sized wood? Everything I have seen is way to big :(
I found mine from a seller on Etsy of all places. I've also found some myself in the stream, and I actually found some little knots at Petco recently.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:57 AM   #73 
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Where do you guys find the right sized wood? Everything I have seen is way to big :(
You can actually let the wood stick out of the water if you like it.

These are some sites I visit when I need ideas:
http://www.aquascapingworld.com/maga...umi-Style.html

Plant compatiability (temp, light, pH needs):
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/profiles/
http://www.aquahobby.com/e_aquarium_plants.php

Aquarium Design Group:
http://www.aquariumdesigngroup.com/

SCAPE:
http://scapeclub.org/forum/cmps_index.php
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:03 PM   #74 
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What an awesome thread! I just ordered a Spec V! Should be here on Weds. I am wondering what you guys used to decorate? I am going to be using the Fluval Shrim Stratum as the substrate (hoping to keep shrimp in with the betta in here), so that is black. I deff want to plant it, but am looking for a "feature piece". What do you guys have in yours? I am thinking of driftwood or stones, but am not sure what will fit!
Fluval Shrim Stratum: not sure if it is that great since the reviews on Amazon is not so WOW.

I am fine with Floramax. You just make sure you have driftwood, or Java moss areas for the baby shrimps to graze, rest, hide.

Anacharis or any floaters will do great as shrimps like to hang out on them, eating, and hiding.

The babies very seldom land on the substrate.





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Hmmmm now I am gonna go look at other substrates....any good black substrates I could get at Petsmart or Petco? I really want to set it up tonight/tomorrow!
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Midnight Floramax by CarribSea, like a fine grain gravel at Petco, grows plants pretty good.
http://caribsea.com/itempage_freshwa...e_floramax.htm
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Thanks! I am gonna run out now and see what they have! :)
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Thanks! I am gonna run out now and see what they have! :)
also CarribSea Midnight Eco-Complete Planted.
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Well went to Petsmart, Petco AND a local petstore and no one had anything but gravel, sand or flourite. So I rinsed the Fluval Shrim Stratum put it in, filled the tank and have it running (with conditioners and bacteria supplements) now. I have Monapi wood boiling, and hope that I can get more done tonight!

In the meantime I love everyone's pics! Anyone else have any or updated ones? I am eBay shopping to find a few more plants while my wood is leeching! ;)
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For some reason this look very similar to my Aquamanta Xanti 14
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