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RavensFan73
06-29-2012, 11:25 PM
So I decided to use some of the leftover anubias I had and try a planted tank. I picked up a twenty long earlier today and just went at it. I like the split substrate look, but I'm afraid it'll get mixed together in no time. I plan on having a large school of cardinals in there, and some shrimp or blue rams. Tell me what you think. Criticism is not only welcome, but wanted haha. Also sorry for the quality of the pic...old iPhone camera...what can you do...

J.B.
06-30-2012, 01:38 AM
I like the split substrate look, I've done it a couple times in the past. You're correct, in time, the boundary lines will likely become blurred. My only criticism would be the lack of an opaque background. I'm assuming you've removed the equipment for the picture, but once back in place, it will attract, and hold the eye.

RavensFan73
06-30-2012, 01:41 AM
I took the picture when I first set it up, now theres a canister in there and a black background

J.B.
06-30-2012, 01:44 AM
:bigthumbsup: Looks good, BTW

nalu86
06-30-2012, 03:19 AM
Are the roots of the anubias in the gravel/sand?
If they are, the anubias will die or the roots will start rotting.

Anubias should be tied/ glued to rocks/ driftwood or other deco piece.

caricell
06-30-2012, 08:01 AM
I have anubias growing in both white and black sand with no problem.

Also, just a recommendation...one or two "taller" plants in the background would make this tank look killer.

wacky
06-30-2012, 12:09 PM
Nice tank ..... it look great!!

RavensFan73
06-30-2012, 04:07 PM
I have no taller plants to add :( and I don't want to buy any haha. But I did go out and buy 20 neon tetras from petsmart for $.80 each since they were so cheap. I also got some australian rainbows and two small plecs. I hope to maybe put in some blue rams eventually

stevenjohn21
06-30-2012, 09:03 PM
I like the look the only thing for me is that the eye is drawn straight to the white sand "path" and misses everything else. Maybe change the driftwood on the left to a higher branchy piece that extends over the path.

RavensFan73
06-30-2012, 11:57 PM
Thats not driftwood, its a rock. haha. but I get what you are saying. I'm looking into some manzanita wood.

geotek
07-01-2012, 11:03 AM
Are the roots of the anubias in the gravel/sand?
If they are, the anubias will die or the roots will start rotting.

Anubias should be tied/ glued to rocks/ driftwood or other deco piece.

The thick horizontal rhizome (looks like a thick stem that the leaves grow out of) does have to be above ground, but the actual roots (1mm diameter, actually look like roots) can be buried in the gravel with no problems, I have grown anubias this way for years. They will in time send roots deep into the gravel.

stevenjohn21
07-01-2012, 11:39 AM
Thats not driftwood, its a rock. haha. but I get what you are saying. I'm looking into some manzanita wood.


Oops , sorry it looks like a stump ha ha ! The more i look at the "path" the more i want one !

pawslover
07-01-2012, 03:34 PM
The thick horizontal rhizome (looks like a thick stem that the leaves grow out of) does have to be above ground, but the actual roots (1mm diameter, actually look like roots) can be buried in the gravel with no problems, I have grown anubias this way for years. They will in time send roots deep into the gravel.

Anubias is perfectly happy with the roots in the substrate as long as the rhizome is not buried. I've got some planted now with the rhizome & leaves above the substrate and it's flowering.