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Critique my hardscape Tank #2: Nano 30 Litres

ScaperJoe

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I wanted to 'use up' some of my surplus substrate, hardscape and spare equipment I got while setting up my ADA 60P, so I bought a 30 litre nano tank online. I'd like to attempt to breed my Phoenix Rasbora in here.

Please feel free to comment on the 2 hardscape configurations I have come up with so far. I'm thinking #1 will be easier to maintain and will look better with sloping substrate, but #2 might look nice once the 'tree' fills out and has tiny fish swimming under a canopy.

#1
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#2
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Moss dripping down from the branches of the second one could be kinda funky, but I would prefer the first one still - more options. Just my tuppenceworth.


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Moss dripping down from the branches of the second one could be kinda funky, but I would prefer the first one still - more options. Just my tuppenceworth.


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Thanks @dougbraz I think you're right. I would do the tree if it was going to be the only feature with a carpet, but I took delivery of these 10 Mixed Potted Cryptocorynes (+1 Anubias Petite +1 Bucephalandra Wavy Green) from Aquarium Gardens today and I think they'll work better with layout #1.

Gotta say I'm really impressed with Aquarium Gardens. Such fast delivery to the Channel Islands and the plants look in great shape:

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I won't be able to use all of them, some will be far too big, but I have options! Looks like I have work to do this weekend :thumbup:
 

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1 looks more natural, but could you use the roots lower down or entangle with the rocks in some way, give it a less staged feel? Again, my 2ps worth :)
I know exactly what you mean and if you’ve seen my mini trees in my first tank you’ll see it’s a recurring theme. One I hope to break from! Nothings fixed yet so I’ll have play before the substrate goes in and see if I can make it slightly more natural. Thanks @noodlesuk
 

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Well... I gone and done it today:

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@noodlesuk I used a hacksaw to get that piece of wood to sit more naturally on the stone today (I hope you'll agree!). Now its not floating in the air/water.

More plants to come this week and the Crypts need to recover from their melt, but I think I'm going to document both my scapes in a Journal thread now that I know where that is on here! :D

But its awesome what you can do with 2 rocks and a piece of wood though!
 

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