8l nano. little project

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  1. samc

    samc Member

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    :wave:

    this is my latest project :D i was going to put a picture up earlier but the camera was playing up.

    this tank was saved as it was about to be thrown in the skip by a friend. it has cost me about £10 to set up which was mainly the light :D
    the rocks were from the garden. the sand was also going to be thrown away. the filter i have had for a while kicking about, so why not set it up.

    the specs:
    tank 12x8x8
    filteration HOB
    heating none
    light 9w

    plants are currently tiawan moss and staurogyne sp. and soon rotala rotundifolia will be added in the back right corner.
    there is plenty of staurogyne sp. behind the rocks which will start to show soon :thumbup:
    this is not ment to be anything special :lol: but thought i would show it anyway.

    can anyone guess the fish?

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    just to show where the staurgyne is and the gap for the rotala
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  2. rawr

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    Some kind of microrasbora...? :rolleyes: :p

    I really like it! Nice simple tank, and that rock structure is ace.
     
  3. samc

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    cheers mate it should look better when i get the rotala in though :thumbup:

    nope. knowone will get it so i better tell you. they are roach fry :lol: they will be put back when they grow
     
  4. Garuf

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    That's bloody lovely that, I tried using round rocks in my nano but I couldn't get mine anywhere this nice.
    I'd use hm rather than Rotalla, it's smaller and will give better sense of scale. Well done!
     
  5. samc

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    cheers garuf :thumbup:

    glad you like it. i have got some rotala of someone on here so it might be here today. if it dont look right it will be hm for sure
     
  6. James Marshall

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    Love the cobble stones, they give a very natural appearnce.
    I would have guessed microrasbora as well, just shows how strong the family resemblance is among Cyprinids.
    Glad to see you have good surface disturbance, as Roach are so oxygen hungry.

    Cheers
    James
     
  7. Dan Crawford

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    I really really like that, nice work :thumbup:
     
  8. dsandson

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    Hi Sam

    Glad to see the Staurogyne is going well, and the tank looks amazing. I'd agree with Garuf about the Rotala, HM would be much better. Or maybe even something grassy... maybe E Tennelus?

    Dave
     
  9. LondonDragon

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    Nice work Sam, tank is look very good :)
     
  10. samc

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    thanks everyone it means alot to have such good comments on my tank :D

    i was thinking of entering into aga if i feel its in good condition. the fish seem happy now and are eating very well
     
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    I like it, small,cheap and simple. Top work fella.
     
  12. Gill

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    I Really Like This, Very Calming
     
  13. Vito

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    NIce scape sam, I really like the big pebbles/boulders, I'm definetly going to have a go at them for one of my future tanks epspecially because I have so many in my garden :)
     
  14. samc

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    thanks all again :thumbup:

    its good to use something that you have laying about and make something nice with them
     
  15. George Farmer

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    Cute little layout! I really like it.

    Rounded boulders/stone/rocks are the future of Iwagumi I reckon!
     
  16. George Farmer

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    Also consider a handful of pea gravel sprinkled around the main stone bases, to add further interest and natural appearance.
     
  17. samc

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    thanks george. its good to see your comments :thumbup:

    i think they should be used more often. the ones in the amano gallery allways catch my eye and look relaxing.I imagine one in my living room
     
  18. samc

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    thanks for the tip i might give it a go
     
  19. George Farmer

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    Go for it.

    Pea gravel presents a similar colour, texture and shape, but it's smaller, so makes for a great transition between the sand and larger pebbles.

    The more sizes you mix, the smoother the transition. Experiment to see what works best for you.

    Smooth transitions can work very well, but also dramatic contrasts can work too...

    Have fun!
     
  20. aaronnorth

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    very nice, i agree with George, some pea gravel would really make this tank :thumbup:
     

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