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Blaxicanlatino 11-02-2010 04:25 PM

Hard Aquascaping descion...
I have a 30 watt (2 compact flourescent bulbs, 15 watt each), 10 gallon aquarium. Substrate is black flourite sand and 3 small guppies and about 8 cherry shrimps. The bottom of the tank is nearly covered in microsword (mostly toward the front of the tank, ive been taking the microsword in the rear and planting them in the front). I have 3 stems of red ludwigia in the back right corner... and the tank looks lkind of boring... any ideas? I dose the tank with 8 drops of seachem flourish once a week, a day after my weekly cleaning.

Any ideas?
i will post pics soon of my boring tank :D

Blaxicanlatino 11-02-2010 04:32 PM

1 Attachment(s) very boring....

Byron 11-02-2010 06:30 PM

Yes, I would agree;-). Fortunately, you have a multitude of choices.

Crypts, almost any species would suit a 10g; those with reddish/brownish leaves would be a nice contrast among green leaf plants. Pygmy chain sword. Corkscrew Vallisneria. Sagittaria subulata. Echinodorus parviflorus "Tropica" (Dwarf Sword). Java Fern if you had wood or rock to attach it to. Stem plants but they would likely grow fast and need frequent trimming, which I find troublesome in a small tank where I prefer plants that stay as/where you plant them. All of the afore-mentioned are in our profiles.


Calmwaters 11-02-2010 08:22 PM

Wow I agree it does look boreing. LOL I would add a piece of driftwood or maybe some rock formations for the fish to swim through and lots more plants. Some of the Vals that Byron mentioned would be nice along the back. And if you don't mind trimming them there are lots and lots of stem plants that would look great in there and I like the stem plants because you can trim them and then replant them in the same tank or other tanks. And some floating plants would be nice something like duckweed or pennywort. I like duckweed because the way the little roots hange down.

Blaxicanlatino 11-03-2010 06:22 AM

All excellent ideas! I was thinking the front be covered in microsword then the back with crypt plants and Val. I like using duckweed but wouldn't that be bad for the high light plants? I heard that those algae ball things grow on objects( kinda like java moss). You think I could add a arching piece of wood or stone and put the algae ball on it?
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Calmwaters 11-03-2010 08:19 AM

Yes I think you could use either one of the marimon balls or a bunch of christmoss moss would work to. I forgot you have the microsword which does need alot of light and the duckweed would be bad for it. I love the idea of the crypts in the back then the micro swords in front. To give even more variety you could put a group of corkscrew vals in the back of one corner or along the back really close to the glass since they are skinny plants, then the crypts, then the microsword, the corkscrew vals are neat with there twisted leaves.

Blaxicanlatino 11-03-2010 12:23 PM

I want to my LFS to get the plants but they Looked miserable!!!!! Ugh I hate fish stores T_T
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Calmwaters 11-03-2010 12:29 PM

Order them from or they have great selections and prices are most the time cheaper than the LFS.

redchigh 11-03-2010 12:50 PM

What kind of substrate is that?
How deep is it?

In my experiance the corkscrew vals get as bit large for a 10G- try Echinodorus var Vesuvius.

Echinodorus Blehiri var Compact is also very nice. Ludwigea repens is an attractive plant- you just need more.

Cabomba Carolina, crypts, dwarf sag (might look similiar to the microsword), Aponogeton Crispus, would all contrast well.

If you order from sweetaquatics, they also have cheap malaysian driftwood, which would allow some Anubias and moss for the wood. :)

Calmwaters 11-03-2010 12:55 PM

Redchigh right the Vals to get tall I have another tank I plan on moveing mine into when it outgrows the 10. I forgot about the Echinodorus var Vesuvius its even more twisted than the vals. I have one comeing in this week in an order from sweetaquatics.

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