36 gallon bowfront

escapay

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I'm looking for some advice on the aquascape of my 36 gallon bowfront.


^ As of Jan 2nd

The things I would like fixed for sure is the crushed coral bag - I could potentially have that moved to a canister filter... I just need that up and running. The filter on the left (AquaClear 70) has a tendency to let plants, namely the tall Cryptocoryne spiralis, get caught in the intake.

Fish - 1 Angelfish, 6 Rummynose Tetra (will increase to 12), and will get Panda Cory Cats (maybe put Kuhlis in too)

Plant species in aquarium (background from left to right) - Cryptocoryne spiralis***, Balansae, Watersprite, Giant Bacopa. (Mid-ground, left to right) - Compact Amazon Sword**, Cryptocoryne walkeri var. lutea*, Ludwigia repens

* Also foreground
** Doesn't really grow... this plant I am not attached to at all and I've not had success with them in this tank or in the other tank that has fluorite/gravel mix w/ root tab as substrate.
*** Has main part and then two runners that have not been separated yet.


Final note - I have tried driftwood (I think it was mopani) but made a mess compared to what the plants do. I don't think I would like to try that again with sand as a substrate.
 

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I have the same tank as you do and I find it very difficult to find an aqua scape that I like with it. I'm not sure why. Maybe because of the bowed front.

Maybe try getting some smaller plant species, like some dwarf sag or some java ferns.
 
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do you have a backround? I think tanks look better with a light colored background.
Yep, the background is solid black. I originally had a decorated background (with greenery and driftwood) but decided for something more plain since I have the plants.

Dlondon - I could do Dwarf Sag. It is one of the species I've been thinking about. Not sure whether I can do Java Ferns since I do not have anywhere they can attach to - plus lighting is dual T5HO, which might be a little too intense for them. Thanks for reminding me about the Sagittarias though.
 

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Its tough to find one that isnt cheesey... I honestly just like the stacked slate because it helps with elongating my tanks look and its simple and basic. Your tank looks great just the way it is though!
 
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Its tough to find one that isnt cheesey... I honestly just like the stacked slate because it helps with elongating my tanks look and its simple and basic. Your tank looks great just the way it is though!
Thanks! I don't think I would want to do a new background just because it is a pain to take it off and put a new one up.

I did find Dwarf Sag at my LFS though. I might try that out.
 
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