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Old 02-19-2013, 06:04 PM   #1 
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How's My Tank Look?

This is the third time I've redone it in four days...I just can't get it right. Tell me if you think this way is a keeper, or if anyone has any suggestions for any different placements.



P.S. That orange thing in the right hand corner is a carrot. One of my otos is snacking on it.

P.P.S I know the swords are gonna takeover. I figure I'll just have to keep them trimmed to a manageable size.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:27 PM   #2 
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I love it, just keep it like that and the plants will fill in on there own :)
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:29 PM   #3 
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You have far more patience than I, redoing it that many times!

Keep it like that for a week, then you'll be able to see if you warm up to it, or if you really hate it. I wasn't sure about one of my tanks that didn't quite go to plan, but I waited a week, and it's turned out to be my favourite! Heh.

Just give it time.

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:33 PM   #4 
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the only thing i would change is i'd replace the blue gravel with black sand, but that's really a personal preference.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:23 PM   #5 
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I think it looks great! Lots of hiding places for your betta; he'll love it!
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:06 PM   #6 
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I was really concerned with hiding spots for the otos from the betta, but he seems to enjoy them much more than they do- they're always out and about. He's having fun cruising around and using the hiding spots to stalk the otos.

That's a good idea about waiting a week, see if it'll grow on me. Honestly, I probably wouldn't have redone it a third time, except that I found out that you're supposed to plant cabomba spaced out, not bunched together- doh! So, one thing led to another...

homegrown terror, I do agree that the gravel is really not in sync with the rest of the tank. Maybe that's why I can't get it right. Gravel, I think, is really not the best substrate for planting live plants. In about a month I have plans to covert the tank to an NPT, or at least switch out the gravel for Flourite, with a cap of sand. Although, I think I read somewhere that otos don't do well with sand, can't remember why though.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:09 PM   #7 
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The only thing I'd do is move your sword to the back and maybe some of your stems in front of it. Those things get huge and can quickly cover your tank, better have them in the back than front so you dont lose too much viewing capacity.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:09 PM   #8 
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Any fish would love that tank! Why not an NPT?
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:14 PM   #9 
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There is something off about it but i can't quite put my finger on what it is.......... Got it now, it needs to be in my house.
Just kidding, i really like your tank, it seems like you have invested a lot of time making it look that good.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:25 PM   #10 
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The only thing I'd do is move your sword to the back and maybe some of your stems in front of it. Those things get huge and can quickly cover your tank, better have them in the back than front so you dont lose too much viewing capacity.
I totally agree. Thing is, the only space in back is right in front of the heater where I have a couple of tall cambomba stems. Ideally, I would switch the two, but that would put the cambomba in a direct line with the filter intake. I was worried that this would create an unholy mess and a constantly clogged filter. In retrospect, I probably should've only gotten one sword.

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Any fish would love that tank! Why not an NPT?
I do want to try it, but I keep waffling because I'm a little leery of using soil capped with sand. Not that I think the idea is flawed. I'm worried about user error.

Thanks for the compliments, guys. I think I'll leave it be for now. Well, perhaps I'll try switching the sword to the back. Not tomorrow...I will leave it be...I will.....
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