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This is a discussion on my first tank within the Freshwater Journals forums, part of the Aquarium Photography category; --> sorry to say, but i don't like your tank at all a ugly building, only a few plants I would say, take that building-thing ...

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Old 07-03-2007, 04:09 PM   #21
 
sorry to say, but i don't like your tank at all
a ugly building, only a few plants
I would say, take that building-thing out and buy a lot more plants
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Old 07-04-2007, 04:13 AM   #22
 
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I think the fish would enjoy the building as they usually like something to swim through and hide if they feel like hiding. More plants would look nice but it's a personal preference really. I used to not like plants because with the tank heavily planted I could never see my fish, LOL!
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:14 AM   #23
 
if you never see your fish, is it not because you have many plants, but because there is something wrong with your water or something and are they because of that very shy.
you fish (the tetras) like plants
your tank is also to small for that shark-looking fishes
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Old 07-04-2007, 11:23 AM   #24
 
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I have to say that i do normally prefer a more natural look to tanks, but i think this is because all the ones with ornaments that i've seen so far have been really tacky diver-holding-a-no-fishing-sign type which is a bit naff i think (but obviously that's just my opinion, if that's what any of youout there like, go for it and love it!)

I like that classical pillar arrangement you've got going there though, i think it goes nicely with the colour of the gravel and the blue bubble thingy with the snail "sculpture" makes it look like a plaza from ancient Greece or Rome that has slipped under the sea, only to be claimed by the fishes! Also the simplicity of the arrangement looks good too, not too cluttered. Good job!

I agree with Julie and might humbly suggest a few more plants, perhaps to build up a background "wall of greenery" effect, with the rock styrofoam pokeing through (if you decide to go with it.) Just a thought.

Nicely done, a change from the all natural organic look done with style and restraint!
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Old 07-04-2007, 02:15 PM   #25
 
Thanks guys. :) I like the idea of adding a few more plants to give the apperance of the rock poking out of greenery. I still have to color the background. Btw, the tetras love the pillars, they're always swimming through them. :)
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Old 07-04-2007, 07:38 PM   #26
 
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Quote:
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if you never see your fish, is it not because you have many plants, but because there is something wrong with your water or something and are they because of that very shy.
you fish (the tetras) like plants
your tank is also to small for that shark-looking fishes
It really is just because there are so many plants. They still swam about but were just more difficult to see with all the plants. I suppose I should have been more specific when I said I "never saw them" but I thought my point would have been understood rather than being taken so literally.

I'm still personally in favour of more plants as my tank is currently pretty well planted and I think it's much nicer. Really, my point was just to say that it's a personal preference. Some will like heavily planted and some will not.

The "shark-looking fishes" are bala sharks. It has already been pointed out that these will outgrow the tank.
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Old 07-04-2007, 07:43 PM   #27
 
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Not only that but they're incredibly active and need a long tank to begin with.
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:48 PM   #28
 
Use a mirror for a background. It will give the illusion of a tank twice as big. Just thinking outside of the box.
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Old 07-05-2007, 03:28 AM   #29
 
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Won't a mirror freak out the fish? I'd thought of that sort of thing before, especially for my tiny nano tank, but i heard it really freaks out Betta's (not that i have a betta in there, i knows about th 5g reccomendation!) I just assumed it would make other fish more agressive too.

I know my parents new puppy keeps barking at the strange dog that appears in the wardrobes...
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:51 AM   #30
 
Well, just like I said I would, I bought the balas a bigger tank. Its a used 55 gallon that came with all the equipment. All for the very low price of just $26. :D
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