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Old 09-03-2011, 05:19 PM   #21
 
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Looking good!

Yes, that driftwood could totally hide the filter from view for you! This tank will look great with al the live plants you are getting.


I don't see you having the same trouble you had before, looks like you'll have some healthy and happy fish this time around.

Ooh, ad I'm not sure what you were adding besides neon tetras..gourami? This may not be correct but myself and a few friends have experience neons being very sensitive to water changes. I personally lost 5 neons when I first started my 10 gallon tank, so might want to think about adding them a week or so after the gourami? Maybe this could help establish the tank and cycling etc. so you won't have any bad luck with your neons.

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Old 09-03-2011, 05:27 PM   #22
 
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Looking good!

Yes, that driftwood could totally hide the filter from view for you! This tank will look great with al the live plants you are getting.


I don't see you having the same trouble you had before, looks like you'll have some healthy and happy fish this time around.
Thanks LexCorp! I will definintly do some rearranging once the plants get here, which should be on monday. I sure hope I have better luck this time around. All of the research and advice from everyone on this forum has been a huge help
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Old 09-04-2011, 12:21 PM   #23
 
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should I use the wood or some plants? I was going to plant some corkscrew val along the back of the tank and cover up the filter.
As you have the wood, I would use it. Hardscape is better at hiding or masking filters/heaters. And it allows some good water circulation around it.
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:15 PM   #24
 
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I got bored today and decided to redo the hardscape in my tank. As suggested, I moved the driftwood to the otherside of the tank to hide the filter. I also moved the rock and got a bag of little rocks. I really like the way this looks and I think it will look even better when the plants get here. I am planning on setting up the tank in a U design. The plants will be along the left, back, and right side of the aquarium with the front center left open. I plan on putting a group of the corkscrew vals in the left corner behind the rock and putting the rest of the vals and wisteria along the back. The dwarf sagittaria will be planted mostly in the mid ground and along the sides of the tank. The amazon sword will be off centered in the mid ground. Lastly, the java moss will be attached to the driftwood near the top. Also, the frog bit will be floating and I will try to keep it covering most of the surface except for a little opening to let light really shine down on the open center of the tank. I think this will create a cool effect. Just thought I would share my ideas with anyone who is following along.
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:34 PM   #25
 
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Wow this tank is turning out beautiful. Also where did you get the play sand from? I've never used it so I have no idea where to get it, play sand would sure make my tanks attractive.
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:40 PM   #26
 
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Also I heard someone that posted on this thread got a free tank off of Craigslist? thats awesome.
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:31 PM   #27
 
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Wow this tank is turning out beautiful. Also where did you get the play sand from? I've never used it so I have no idea where to get it, play sand would sure make my tanks attractive.
Thanks so much! I got the play sand from home depot, but you can find it pretty much anywhere (at least during the spring and summer). During the colder months you could try your local landscape or hardware store. The great thing about play sand is that it is really cheap and very natural looking. I got 100 pounds of it for 2 dollars because home depot was having a sale, but it usually runs around $2.50 for a 50 pound bag. Another alternative is pool filter sand (PFS), which is usually a little bit cheaper. However, I don't really like it because it is usually very bright and that can stress the fish. By the way, the pictures make my sand look blinding for some reason, it is actually relatively dark. If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:38 PM   #28
 
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2.50 for 50 pounds of play sand? that could fill up about ten of my aquariums! also what fish do you plan on getting.
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:55 PM   #29
 
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2.50 for 50 pounds of play sand? that could fill up about ten of my aquariums! also what fish do you plan on getting.
Hahaha That's why I love it. I am on a tight budget, so it worked out perfectly for me. As far as fish go, I would like to get a group of small schooling fish and MAYBE one bigger fish like a gourami. At first I was going to get neon tetra, but my pH is a little to high for them. Right now I would love to get about 7 eyespot rasbora. I just need to figure out where to get them. I am set on getting MTS to mix up my sand and some ghost shrimp to fill the bottom of my tank. One thing I know for sure is that I love the look of the really small fish because they can make my little 20 gallon look pretty big. So I won't be getting any big fish.
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:59 PM   #30
 
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Oh, thats a nice selection. I am not a big fan of small fish like Neon tetra but Eyespot rasbora's remind me of mini Bala shark's for some reason xD. I get my fish from Petsmart and this other fish store. Also my mom is going to get some play sand from Home depot. I wouldn't recommend keeping Gourami's with small fish. Some gourami's are different but most of them are aggresive, like mine :3

I'd defanitly like to see some pictures when you update your tank. Also I just checked out Aquabid and it seems like a good site, alot of the fish are cheap.
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