Originally Posted by Byron
That is nice, and I agree on the background, much better.
Byron, I HATED that original oceanic background!! We got it the same day as the tank when I was a complete Noob. This was way before I knew anything of any importance concerning fish keeping. I didn't know what I wanted, or how to achieve it. Most importantly it was way before I found this website!
I am so nearly there with achieving what I want, with what I have... If I had my way the substrate would be darker with much smaller gravel for starters, maybe some contouring to the substrate as well, rather than just flat. I have this nice piece of driftwood in the centre but it is totally covered in java moss and java fern to the extent that you can't tell its a piece of wood. I believe that a nice piece of plain driftwood would finish the look off, but I had to remove the mopani I had in to begin with as it leached too much tannins, despite multiple boilings and soaking etc. maybe some standard driftwood may leach less? might arrange the right side where the vals are, move that cannon which was the 'mrs' idea, even though I quite like it and is a good hiding spot.
the top cover is coming along, I have the young Salvinia which is doing well, reproducing and the roots are coming along. I also added some more mature Salvinia yesterday which has large roots. SO about half of the surface is covered now, which pleases me!
I have learnt so much in last few months from obsessively hanging around here and trawling through post after post etc, that now I just wish I could start another tank and implement all that I have learned, and really go for that look I want, and do it right, with more interesting and obscure fish rather than the glow lights and danios that I naively purchased as easy fish and cycle hardy. Alas room does not allow, and neither does the 'Mrs'........
thanks to everyone who contributes and interacts with this website for educating and inspiring me.... much love.