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post #1 of 5 Old 11-09-2010, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Ideas for decorations??

I am a little at a loss for how to decorate my tank, I have a few live plants and rocks and a ceramic fish lol but its not cutting it.

I have been to the lfs a few times looking for natural/interesting/practical decorations but they all look too fake and not much fun for the fish.

Here is my tank, its on a landing at the bottom of some stairs so you can see it from both sides, this is the view from the stairs (where I often watch the fish from), also the white thing is a net over my filter intake...

Any ideas on what to add?
Something long? tall? more rocks? more plants?

it would be nice to add some drift wood but it am afraid it would lower the ph for the mollies.

I was also thinking of getting some neat tea cups form a used store and placing them around, kind of like an Alice and wonderland tank (thought it would go with the balloon mollies lol)... our other tank is a 10 g with a spongebob theme.

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-09-2010, 12:29 PM
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Looks nice maybe get some driftwood?? or seperate the plants a little bit so they are all along the back and short plants toweards the front!

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-09-2010, 12:29 PM
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For less money you could just add several more plants...

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-09-2010, 03:12 PM
My vote would be driftwood and more plants. I like the natural looking tank. I don't think the driftwood would lower the pH enough to cause any damage.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-10-2010, 01:00 PM
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There's lots of options there, just needs some re-arranging as you said. Picking up on previous ideas, I would also move the plants around. That sword plant (front right plant) would do well on the far right sort of in front of the filter. Swords can tolerate filter flows better, anmd that plant will grow much larger, up to the surface in time. A nice chuck of bogwood (real wood, you can buy this in many fish stores, although some of the artificial pieces can look quite realistic, up to you but I vote for the real thing) next to the moved sword plant would balance the tank. And move the other plants around.

With your very nice black substrate and the live plants, you could have a very lovely natural-looking aquascape.


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