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My planted tank make over, comment pls.:)

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    Default My planted tank make over, comment pls.:)

    This is my first tank and about last week I decided to change the gravels to black and rearranged everything.
    Since this hobby is quite new to me (only a few months) so I really want to hear what you guys think...both good and bad. Thank you.
    Note: The tank in the 1st pic on the left with the black/white/blue gravels is the "before"--you can see the evolution as you move to the right-- the pic on the right is the latest version.
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    Looks much much better~~
    How long does it take you to re-scape the whole tank?
    And did you remove the fish to change the substrate? or just do it directly?

    Please let us know on how you do it, as I'm also plan to do the same thing~
    (I plan to do that since last year... oyoyoy... )

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    It took me about 4-5 hours, then I waited for the water to clear (the water was very milky from the substract and such being added) and re-arranged some stuff which took me abut an hour.
    I wanted to sort of build a path to go behind the driftwood around the back and come out from the other side. Never tried anything like this before. Since it is a small tank (10 gallon) I though it would give it a bit more depth and make it appear to be a bit bigger.
    Plants were from my old tanks and they were mostly rooted. After I moved them some of them did not look too good so I trimmed them off this morning.
    I put the fish in a bucket when I did it. I scopped out all the gravels with a little container then changed the water. I did not wash the inside of the tank or wash any of the plants or wood. I just fill it up with water (with the same Ph, Gh, Kh...etc) and added stability after all the plants were in place then I added the fish back.
    My original thought was to build a slope to make the path go uphill until it reaches the back of the log so it would appear that there is something else on the other side downhill. Just thought it may make it look deeper and bigger that way. But I ran out of substrate. This is my first tank so may be my second one would be better?
    Today is my second day after it is finished, hope the plants will grow more in about 1 - 2 weeks. Never tried to plant in substrate before so i have no idea.
    There are so many fantastic looking tanks on the forum so I really just want to hear your comment to learn more and hopefully improve.
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    Hello. i think it looks great, Cheers
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    I'm impressed... I like how you stuck with just a few different kinds of plants, to me it looks a lot more natural and pleasing to the eye than a dozen different small ones jumbled together.

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    Much better looking now.
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    It is nicer than before. The background and clean sand helped as well. Great job!

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    I like Your New set-up the Best,Nice Job.

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    Huge improvement and great job! Looks super! I not an expert, but I think you are going to find as the barbs get bigger, they are going to need a bigger tank. They are usually best kept in groups of six or more to cut down the aggressiveness and fin nipping they might exhibit towards other fish in time. 20 gal minimum (second tank? ) is usually the minimum recommended size for them as they need some swimming space.
    As for the tank makeover....2 thumbs up!

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    Looks way better. Nice work!

 

 
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