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thespiff 02-15-2008 10:12 AM

Decorating new tank
Hello all,

So I broke down and bought my second tank yesterday. This one is a 30 gal. tall hex shaped tank. It's a very cool shape, got it $50 off at PetSmart because it was the floor model. The big deal here is that it allows me to separate my big male black molly from my synodontis eupterus (hopefully) before the molly gets himself killed. I promised I'd always do fishless cycles from here on out, but the molly needs out asap.

Aside from that, I'm stocking cories and neon tetras. I've got the tank set up with Quikrete Play Sand as the substrate because I wanted something cory-friendy. I'll probably do 4 cories, 6 tetras. I'd like to get a betta in there as well, but I have a feeling my Molly might have just as much trouble tolerating him as the syno. So I don't think I'll risk it. I'll probably round off the tank with a pair of gouramis, either the 2 from my other tank or a new pair.

Right now I'm pondering decoration. I want something that works well with this tank shape. I'm figuring a large centerpiece surrounded by plants(mostly fake ones). But what should that centerpiece be? I could go the big plastic shipwreck route, but that's kinda cheesy. Or I was thinking maybe a large piece of wood or something that could run from one bottom corner to the opposite top corner, start some java moss growing up it. That could be cool. But where would I find a nice piece of wood for this application?

Any thoughts? I'm not especially creative when it comes to visual stuff.

Cody 02-15-2008 10:25 AM

For a centerpiece decoration(s), I would definately suggest a large piece of driftwood, or a couple of smaller pieces. I have 5 smaller pieces of driftwood that get up to halfway in my tank, so it leaves enough room for my Tiger Barbs to swim around, and it will let my RTBS establish a territory when I get him. I surrounded the driftwood with mostly live plants, but I have 2 silk plants in the mix. If you want to see what my tank looks like, it is in the FW pictures section, called "30 Gallon Tank Progress".

MKSII 02-15-2008 11:49 PM

Driftwood and plants, agree.

thespiff 02-16-2008 10:11 PM

I went shopping today. Found a really cool looking piece of driftwood that would have looked great in my tank. Carried it around the store for 10 minutes while I looked at fish. Then I put it back was $60. I'm sorry that just isn't going to happen.

This tank has a ton of vertical space that I just don't know what to do with. I bought a couple of potted Giant Hairgrass which look decent and reach 3/4 of the way to the top. But it still needs some serious work. I'm thinking maybe I should hit a landscaping store and buy some colorful rock. I could probably throw together some cool rock-stacking that wouldn't end up costing me almost as much as I spent on the tank itself.

thespiff 02-16-2008 10:31 PM

Also, a bit off topic...but I bought an AquaClear Power Filter for this tank...and after watching it operate for 3 days I am seriously considering scrapping the cheapo filter on my other tank for an AquaClear. It's moves sooo much more water.

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