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Looking for fresh aquascaping ideas

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Just got a 36G bowfront tank. I'm looking for ideas on decorating it. I just need some argonite/dolomite/crushed oyster shells and I'm good to start. Size is about 36' wide x 16 bow x 20 high

here are my prefences:
-- only real plants
-- many hiding places
-- no cheapie, kid's tank, "don't fish here", pirates tresure chests, etc

After I figure out how to resize photos, i"ll post an image of 10 galllon so you have an idea.

Previously what I have used:
-- piles of slate stone
-- artificial log
-- amazon swordplants
-- corkscrew val and tall val in background
-- plastic log stumps

tallish/dense hiding places in back left and back right
low bulby plants in front and a small hiding place under rock

typical stock
bunch of cories, catfish

red tail shark ;; may be too large for tank, they always grow to10-12 inches for me
swordtails, rarely
yellow lightning cichlid
rams ;; have not faired well for me

1- tank scape suggestions
2- stocking suggestions

Currently initial stock planned is:
4 julie like cories
2 pearl gouramis
1 dwarf gourami ;; from other tank
1 rainbow fish ;; from other tank, but kind of boring
2 whiteclouds ;; from other tank, boring, but haven't found heater yet and tank is running 74 ish

Then the next week complete the stocking.
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Have you tried doing a 3D DIY background? Those can come out amazing and they are fairly simple to do although it does take time and a bit of sculpting skill but it's certainly different! You can construct anything out of the styrofoam including rocks and logs and then just paint it with drylok of different colors using cement tint! You can hide your equipment that way too ^_^

And a note, white clouds are colder water fish so they like the 60-70 range.
Interesting. I'll have to investigate it. Right now plumbing is clean, the fillter is a square box over the tank
that doesn't show. The lift tube and heater and masked by side angle. The tank is against a medium grey wall, so simple background.

However, I will look at the materials. Hopefully you know of a URL which has some examples of this.

I know about the white clouds, I had 2 and now only one. Thats why it's first. Has been healthy as it has adapted to about 78F.
Just google it and you'll get answers.
dont be getting any RTS i had to get rid if mine he was small but caused havoc in my tank killed fish non stop by making them stressed ive lost between £150-£200 of fish in approx 4-5 weeks look at these links,might give you an idea or 2 ;)

DIY Aquarium Background - Rock Ledges

5Ft Tank Build - Member's Aquarium and Fish Pictures - Tropical Fish Forums
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