Going To Re-scape Lots Of Tanks, Suggestions?

CaptainAquatics

Hi! Today I plan to go around and rescape lots of my aquariums, any suggestions of what to do? I will post pics of all my tanks and there re-scapes. I have some ideas of what I want to do, but what do you guys think. I’m thinking of re-scaping my 10 gallon crayfish tank, my 5 gallon terrarium with 50-50 water to land ratio (looking for ideas of what to stock it with), my 55 gallon aquarium (possibly), my 29 goldfish tank (they have never had more than sand and maybe three plants), and finnaly I might re-scape my 36 gallon tank. Any ideas? Thanks
 

Crazycoryfishlady

That's a lot of work for one day! I'm trying to rescape too, but I've got so much work to do!
I've got to decide if I really want soil or not in my 55.
I think I do because the roots die in the sand without feeders.
And worse in my 29.
So definitely need it for the 29.

Been looking for some more rocks for my hardacape too, and more interesting driftwood.
We found a few nice pieces, but they won't go with my main piece so I'll have to find a way to work around them all and make it look nice.
I'm also personally scared of my 55.
It's over 30 years old, original seal and stand.
I am unsure if the stand is bowing because the only flat line is against the wall, but I'm worried if I add 40lbs more of sand and rocks that it might eventually become too much.
So it's hard to scape my large rock scape while staying within a certain weight and size limit.
I'm just unsure how some of those tanks seem to hold 70lb of rock plus 50lb of sand AND all that water, THEN THE FISH TOO!

Definitely start with your rocks though.
And maybe try to get an idea from nature or another scape.
I often get ideas from other people and nature.
You might also find yourself wanting and needing lots new plants.
So budget for that and try to remember what plants you like best and what's available.

Lay it out on the floor outside the tank and scape it like that first so you can see what you like without the water moving it around lol

Then tweak it inside.
Try to have one focal point, whether it's a mass of hardscape, or an open space, your focal point shouldn't be scattered among 6 parts of the tank or so.
It is good to have multiple focal points that draw you into the build, but it shouldn't be the whole tank.
Examples would be two sections having hardscape and the middle being bare, or one side has two sections of scape and one side bare, or just the front bare and maybe 3 sections in the back.
Or one section on one side and the other side bare.
 

CaptainAquatics

That's a lot of work for one day! I'm trying to rescape too, but I've got so much work to do!
I've got to decide if I really want soil or not in my 55.
I think I do because the roots die in the sand without feeders.
And worse in my 29.
So definitely need it for the 29.

Been looking for some more rocks for my hardacape too, and more interesting driftwood.
We found a few nice pieces, but they won't go with my main piece so I'll have to find a way to work around them all and make it look nice.
I'm also personally scared of my 55.
It's over 30 years old, original seal and stand.
I am unsure if the stand is bowing because the only flat line is against the wall, but I'm worried if I add 40lbs more of sand and rocks that it might eventually become too much.
So it's hard to scape my large rock scape while staying within a certain weight and size limit.
I'm just unsure how some of those tanks seem to hold 70lb of rock plus 50lb of sand AND all that water, THEN THE FISH TOO!

Definitely start with your rocks though.
And maybe try to get an idea from nature or another scape.
I often get ideas from other people and nature.
You might also find yourself wanting and needing lots new plants.
So budget for that and try to remember what plants you like best and what's available.

Lay it out on the floor outside the tank and scape it like that first so you can see what you like without the water moving it around lol

Then tweak it inside.
Try to have one focal point, whether it's a mass of hardscape, or an open space, your focal point shouldn't be scattered among 6 parts of the tank or so.
It is good to have multiple focal points that draw you into the build, but it shouldn't be the whole tank.
Examples would be two sections having hardscape and the middle being bare, or one side has two sections of scape and one side bare, or just the front bare and maybe 3 sections in the back.
Or one section on one side and the other side bare.

Hi! Yes I would like to experiment with some live plants but that is not something I can do right now. I want to raise the plants without root Tabs and they to be able to withstand a little fin of leaf nipping from my fish (I am thinking anoubious or java fern). In my 55 the biggest challenge will be keeping the part of the scape I like, and not messing it up while still making the other part look good.... I will give photos of everything. I can get rocks for free. I have some nice rocks I can wash and make safe for fish near my house, so I really only have to get plants and maybe some substrate. Thanks, and good luck with your re-scape
 

CaptainAquatics

Hi! I have decided I wait for another day to do most of the re-scapes but I did re-scape the crab tank. Here it is:
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The water still a bit foggy. Like I said I had a fiddler crab I there however this morning he passed so I am trying to think of what to get. The tank is 5 gallons, unheated (so around 72-74 degrees Fahrenheit), however I do have a heater for it. I want to get something that will be active on land and in the water. I was thinking maybe a tadpole that I could raise into a frog, or a salamander of some sort, maybe a toad? What do you guys think? Oh and BTW I am cool with doing something like snails and shrimp or something like that. Some fish to be in the water and something to go on land. Maybe some White Cloud Mountain minnows, or something. IDK. Also I LOVE tutles so if there are any turtles (or title like animals) that could live in this my ears are wide open. Also I don’t want to do fiddler crabs again but I might be open to a different kind of crab. BTW turning this into a full aquarium isn’t possible as it is cracked near the top :/

Thanks
 

CaptainAquatics

richie.p Coptapia TheDarkAbyss
 

richiep

how about a giant land snail, may have to take all the water out mind
 

CaptainAquatics

how about a giant land snail, may have to take all the water out mind

lol, might need a bigger tank
 

richiep

One of these may have to get a bigger tank yhough
 

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CaptainAquatics

One of these may have to get a bigger tank yhough

Do you actually have one?!??!
 

richiep

No but it's on the cards a guy near me breeds this one and I'm seriously looking at one
 

CaptainAquatics

No but it's on the cards a guy near me breeds this one and I'm seriously looking at one

Nice, any actually suggestions though?
 

richiep

Well I just read African land snails are illegal in the states so the next best thing is a Terrapin
 

CaptainAquatics

Well I just read African land snails are illegal in the states so the next best thing is a Terrapin

I just read that terrapins can grown to be 9 inches long. Anything Else? Remember the tank is only 5 gallons
 

richiep

There's a few here now breeding cpo I don't know if you've tried them but I love them but illegal hear
 

CaptainAquatics

There's a few here now breeding cpo I don't know if you've tried them but I love them but illegal hear

What animal are you talking about? If it’s the turtle I can’t do that....
 

richiep

they are a little crayfish only grow to 1.4" check out mexican dwarf crayfish
 

CaptainAquatics

they are a little crayfish only grow to 1.4" check out mexican dwarf crayfish

Anything to go with it that will stay on land?
 

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