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jennesque 09-02-2012 01:51 PM

Suggestions on where to proceed with planting my new 6.6gal
My boyfriend wanted to surprise me with some new fish, and I think he did pretty well considering the horror stories I've heard. (He knows very little about fish keeping..). He brought home some bumble bee gobies.. His intention was for me to add them to my 28gal but it's already close to capacity and it's also kept with pretty soft, acidic water. I had recently added 3 endlers to my 2.3 gallon tank, so since he brought the gobies home I thought it would be best to keep the endlers and gobies together. Have very little room to upgrade a tank, so I went with the biggest small tank I could find - petco's 6.6 gal bookshelf tank.

I've added some driftwood I had laying around, moved a couple of the java moss covered rocks I'd started in my other tank, and replanted the dwarf hair grass I had in my former 2.3 gal. Nothing is really set in stone and has to stay, although I really like the driftwood, personally. Any suggestions on where to go?

It's still a bit cloudy cause I didn't rinse the new gravel well enough.

Boredomb 09-02-2012 05:56 PM

I would add more driftwood and plants. Maybe some floating plants also
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jennesque 09-02-2012 06:20 PM

I will look around for some complimentary driftwood..haven't seen anything just yet.

I spent a bit of today looking for suitable plants.. none of my LFS have any decent looking plants right now so I went with some of petsmart's plants that come in the little baggy with grow goo. I went with some bacopa and put that all along the back. It still looks pretty boring to me.. I think I might add something with some color.

I also switched out my filter. I've always gone with a sponge in my tank for the plants (and the price!) But because of this tanks length I figured it would be best to get something with a bit more power. I picked up Aqueon's QuietFlow internal power filter. It is pretty slim so I don't think it'll be too much of an eye sore... not much worse than the sponge! I took out the cartridge it came with and stuffed the sponge from my sponge filter in and turned the flow all the way down to it's lowest.

Here's an update.. still cloudy water.

I'll try to get the camera out tonight for a nicer pic.
Also, I do have some giant duckweed growing as a floater.. there's only like 15 plants in there for now, but it is duckweed so it should fill in soon!

I will be adding a black background.. and btw, I don't really like the substrate but I'm not gonna bother changing it. I had black in the 2.3 and tried to mix in some grey to lighten it up but it just looks like salt n pepper now.. oh well.

BradSD 09-02-2012 07:07 PM

Thats a nice start and that tank looks bigger than 6.6 gals. I hope you have better luck with the dwarf hairgrass than I have had, I find it and HC some of the toughest plants for me. There is someone in the classifieds on this site selling small driftwood, perhaps you could check them out.

jennesque 09-02-2012 07:10 PM

I had about a fourth of it die out after the initial planting in my 2.3 gal... I wouldn't be surprised if I lose more in the transition.
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Boredomb 09-02-2012 08:59 PM

I think once you add the black background and the plants grow it will start to look good. I still think it needs more Driftwood but that's just my opinion. LoL
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jennesque 09-03-2012 10:56 AM

Can I ask, where are you thinking the additional driftwood should be? Are you thinking another large piece somewhere? Or something like small branches around the current driftwood to add more dimension?

I'm thinking of moving the dwarf hair grass to be a mid ground plant in front of the bacopa, and planting a smaller carpeting plant in the foreground... I've been reading up on my options and it seems like Marsilea would probably be the best option for low tech. I'm also thinking of adding a bunch of java fern spiking out directly behind the driftwood to give it some more interest? Or maybe some sort of grassy plant like a tall crypt?
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Boredomb 09-03-2012 11:33 AM

Either or would would work. If it was me (now this is your tank and if you are happy with it that's all that matters!) I would probably add a larger piece towards the left back and maybe some sticks around pieces you have now. A crypt would look nice in front of the driftwood you have now.

jennesque 09-03-2012 06:28 PM

Well, I will keep my eyes peeled for something that strikes my interest. I like it the way it is now, but it does still feel like it's lacking. It's also brand new so... maybe that feeling will go away as things fill in.

I went ahead and ordered some plants. I've got a couple java ferns coming in that I will stick behind the driftwood. I've also got a few pieces of Marsilea coming in. I've got o experience in either of these, but I'm sure the java fern will do fine. The Marsilea is coming in it's emmersed form.. hopefully it'll convert over nicely and form a carpet for me for the foreground. I also ordered some round... rotala? Which I may or may not use in this tank. I thought it might be nice to add a bit of color, but I'm also thinking there may be too many plants if I add it. I've got room in my 28 gal for it if I decide I don't want it.

The tank is clearing up nicely now.

I'm also thinking of making a little stone path through the driftwood..
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Boredomb 09-03-2012 09:07 PM

I have no experience with Marsilea so can help there but the Java Fern will do fine as long as you don't bury the rhizome. If the rotala is Rotala Indica I have had it. Its an easy plant to grow but does need bright lights to show its true colors. The closer mine got to the lights the more colorful it got. If it has round leaves it might be Rotala rotundifolia I have never had this plant but I think it is pretty similar to Rotala Indica.

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