Originally Posted by Fresh2o
What I like about this tank is the simplicity. A few well placed stones that stand out against the rather uniform colored sand. Not overly crowded with a jungle of aquatic plants; the ground cover (what appears to be dwarf sag) is mimicking the stones. And the manzanita stands out; it is eye catching against the green backdrop.
I always promoted the manzanita plus moss look but keeping flame moss trimmed to the right shape (for me it grows wild and unruly at times) can be a chore. That's what I have at the moment in my shrimp tank and I may pull it out, strip off the moss and reboil it (second round of the fungus on it). I thought about getting the Petco black sand but they were selling EcoComplete at $9 per bag so I could not pass it up. I may have to rethink that. The EC is not quite black; has flecks of tan, red, gray in it. I am keeping two types of crypts that should do okay in sand (with root supplements as well). Or I can keep some of the EC and cap it with the black sand.
Sorry to ramble on here but looking at your tank really got me into thinking about what I can do to my tank.
Thanks for the input and your very kind comments. I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts for your own tank.
Part of the manzanita size is what fits through the acrylic tank opening and what I could afford. i got it from Manzanita-Driftwood.com and picked it out from the exact pic and dimensions. The granite river stones are from a LFS
. I was inspired by Iwagumi, though this is by no means Iwagumi.
You are right, that is dwarf sag.
This is my first real planted tank. Years ago I would float a bunch of anarcharis, but that doesn't really count. When I got the sand I hadn't decided to go planted. I bought the sand for the corys I plan to house when the tank is just a bit older.
I've never used EC so I hope someone who has can answer.