Rescape of 36 Gallon Bow

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I didn't like the gravel I originally chose for this tank, so I first tried mixing some darker gravel in with it. As you can see from the before pic, the result was something similar to brown and tan confetti. Or vomit, take your pick.

Plus, I had come to really want a sand floor. Time to just start over. After a weekend spent largely washing substrate and netting fish, the makeover is finally complete. Would love to get some honest feedback from the members here.

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Still have some tweaking to do, but you get the general idea. So, what do you think?
 
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Looks great! Some nice plants with red color will look great in there like red Ludwigia or rotala
Thanks!

That's actually ludwigia repens in the middle. And, though it's hard to see in the pic, it's just starting to get rosy on top again after some heavy pre-scape pruning.
 

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Very pretty! The sand makes it look much more open! I just rescaped my 36 gallon to, for the same reason! It doesn't look as good as yours though :,(.
 

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Yeah she's the only one I've ever seen around here as well. Hope she works out but i'm becoming more and more doubtful.
 
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Little update. I added some spider wood at the top and some more river rocks at the bottom, as well as some more val and a few new residents. Also switched out the Fluval LED plant light for the Current Satellite LED +. Color rendition now is not quite as accurate as before, but the Fluval was just too darn bright. My fish seem much less stressed and are displaying deeper colors with the more subdued lighting.
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Loving these pepper cories. Their energy has seemed to rub off on everyone in the tank.
 
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Cories will do that. My albino's are either going a mile a minute or look dead on the ground. They are like my 3 year old....tons of energy then crash! Hope that's normal
 

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Wow... Amazing tank! Saw your thread about the DIY background and was very surprised at how well it worked!!! I don't know if it's the lighting or something, but I liked the first pic a little better... It's just my opinion! Both are great


Currently breeding: h/b purple guppies
 
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