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post #1 of 11 Old 05-04-2011, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Question If this was your tank what would you change?

Hi everyone I am looking for some suggestion/advice on adding some things to the tank as far as decorations? On the left side of the tank it is kinda bare where I took some plants out that were just not doing good. I was thinking of doing some kind of rock formation or maybe something else I don't know. I will say this I am planning on putting some burmese loachs ( Botia histrionica) and they need some hidding places I would like to do something on that side and through out the tank. Any ideas what I can do or thoughts about anything in the video that needs to be changed? Thanks in advance for your imput!

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-04-2011, 02:52 PM
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Hey there!

what a beautiful tank! and lovely fishies.

I'd say it was really good already. The only suggestion I would make is building them a cave out of stones/ pebbles? or putting some rocks in there in such a way that they could swim and hide/explore in the gaps.

But I am jealous, looks great!

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post #3 of 11 Old 05-04-2011, 03:23 PM
Your tank looks really good. I quite like the wood and want to get some for my tank. I''m thinking you need some rocks/rock caves...something like this maybe only left of center where it's become sparse??...
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Abbeydad, that's kinda what I was thinking. I need to find some rocks like that. I have been looking for some but can't find any that look like small bolders. Everything I am find is just slate rock. Can one use just any rocks? I know that you need to becareful for some can change your ph lvls?
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That is nice indeed. But AbbeysDad hit on the one issue, something needs to go just left of centre, about 1/3 in from the left side. Rather than rock though, which I think could look out of place with what you have, i would select a largish chunk of wood to match what is there, only much larger, sort of standing vertical more than horizontal, but still with thickness, i.e., not a standing tree trunk although that also might work. But I think it needs a bit more "solid." Uneven though, not a big massive "chunk" but something with interest. It would also serve to unaccent the vertical which at the moment is obvious. Some brown wood at that spot, reaching about 2/3 of the way to the surface at his highest point but broader at the base. If this makes any sense.

I did a Google of Malaysian driftwood [amazing what one can Google] and in a quick scan found three possible types to illustrate what I'm thinking. I particularly like the darker (third) one, I think this would achieve what I am imagining in your tank.

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I was looking at getting some driftwood close to what the pictures you looked up and posted. I just wasn't sure if I needed to add more wood or something else like rocks. Thanks for the advice I will look around and see what I can find similar to those pictures.
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I agree with Byron, rock would look out of place in such a lushly planted tank. Knowing that you are getting loaches I'd go with Malaysian driftwood, and lots of it. You can also use multiple pieces arranged together, to make an interesting wood structure with plenty of hidey holes for the loaches. I can't think of anything loaches love better as far as aquascape than driftwood. Your tank looks nice, it'll look even nicer with loaches cruising around in there. I keep Botia Histrionica and they are a kick!

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post #8 of 11 Old 05-04-2011, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thanks I will look around and see what I can find for pieces of driftwood. Thanks for all the hlep!
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On a side note: I found my Malaysian driftwood off of Craigslist for a fraction of the retail price. It might be worth your while to peruse that site.
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On a side note: I found my Malaysian driftwood off of Craigslist for a fraction of the retail price. It might be worth your while to peruse that site.
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Thanks that's one place I forgot to check. I have been looking at ebay and Amazon. No place locally carries Malaysian driftwood. I will look on craigslist later. Thanks again!
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