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Rescaped my low tech tank

Sean Scapes

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So after 5 months I rescaped my low tech tank. I was having lots of flow issues and wanted a complete change. Last tank became overgrown. I removed most of the plants. Especially moss as it was just harbouring loads of waste and took over. Fish are loving having more open space to swim in.
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MichaelJ

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Hi @Sean Scapes is that before and after pictures? Maybe its just me, but I don't see much wrong in the first pic... A bit of GSA, because the light is a bit too strong perhaps, but that's it. Nothing a small circulation pump and a tad lower light couldn't fix.

I am sort of in a similar situation at the moment with an area going stale due the density of plants, but will be fixed next week when I put in a tiny circulation pump for that area.
 
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Stan510

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I kind of vote too for the before. Especially since I see plants I tried and the Rainbows or Denison barbs ate. I do get you on giving space for the fish..we get caught up in the look of a plant filled aquarium and forget thats room the fish don't have. The balance as always is what keeps us tweaking and pruning.
 

Sean Scapes

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@Stan510 I never removed the Alternanthera i just planted the trimmed stems in as most of it was annihilated by gsa. I also added ludwigia super red to break up the green. Added some cryptocornes wendtii tropica and green in the foreground and a microsorum narrow leaf as well. Managed to bet the gsa this time.
 

Angus

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I think the key to changing the shape of your layout is dedicated trimming and plant management, the tank looked very good beforehand but was not the ratio you were imagining, so now you have to build on that triangle ratio by trimming and removing overly large leaves and keeping the open space on the right open, over time it will become like the jungle before, but if you are dedicated with trimming you can maintain the triangular shape of the layout.
 

Stan510

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In LowTech,I had Super Red and ordinary turn red Ludwigia palustris doing well..until the Rainbows got a taste of them. I sometimes wonder too if Roseline Barbs are also plant eaters on soft leaved plants?
I've seen photos of Rainbows with those plants and it just might be one of the Rainbows I bought with no ID is the real or at least main culprit. She did in what was a near carpet of Stargrass. That's another plant great for lo tech.
 

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