So after setting up my 29g to hold my vast variety of fish I decided to attempt aquascaping on my 10g. The initial attempt was kind of a fail. Nothing like James Findley's, but I wasn't going to let that discourage me. I just watched other people's video's and started hearing about specific plants being easier and more appealing and fast vs slow growth. Now when I heard about dirt tanks I assumed they were talking about substrate like flourite, little did I know they meant actual dirt! As in potting soil that you would use on normal plants. That blew my mind, but it was too late to mess with dirt since I already committed to the flourite and sand.

I will edit this blog with a list of what I had to start I only recognize dwarf hairgrass and java fern.

I went on ebay to look into getting some cherry shrimp. I ended up with 4 blue shrimp, 2 blue snails and a variety of plants.

5 salvinia which he threw in a lot more
java moss
amazon sword
bronze crypt wendetti
dwarf sag

and he threw in lots of frogbit and another plant I need to find the name to.

Shout out to dxauctions on ebay for really hooking me up with my own personal request package and everything came alive, healthy, and in good time.

Now it was time to replant along with the driftwood I originally had, but it was leeching way to much tannin in the tank! The end result is what you see in my pics. I ended up ordering my cherry shrimp through my local pet store. I also decided to put the cory back in the planted tank and he kicked up all the settled debris which I suppose is good, but the water needed a serious change afterwards!

I am using polyester to polish the water and it is working pretty well so hint to those who don't know about it yet. I also just added an emerald cory so we shall see how he likes the new home.

Thanks for reading and don't be afraid to talk to me I could use the pointers as well as ideas!

De'Shawn R. Wilson

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Comment by seth roach on November 20, 2013 at 12:07am

who the fuck is james findley

Comment by Peter on November 20, 2013 at 1:43am
On utube search " the green machine" and he should pop out
Comment by DR Wilson on November 20, 2013 at 7:58am

Peter knows who I'm talking about! His work is brilliant!!! Literal work of art every piece!

Comment by Michael Allen on November 22, 2013 at 7:25am

oliver knott, or amano would be better referrences for aquascaping but dirt isnt easy for scaping and to get into it id recommend walstads the ecology of the planted aquarium theres alot of pitfalls with dirt. florite very good choice sand is completely inert. emerald corys are actually not cories they get mislabled at pet stores all the time they are emerald catfish Brochis splendens

Comment by hoyttt on November 22, 2013 at 9:50am

yes walstad's book is great........i particularly like natures chaos by the green machine

Comment by DePreston on November 30, 2013 at 8:42am

Plants everywhere?  I have a single water wisteria that has nearly filled my entire tank.  If I didn't go in there and mow it down every 2 weeks, there would not be any room for the fish to swim.  A very easy plant to grow, I don't feed it, no Co2 it just expands.  I have given so much of it away, I could have easily filled a bushel basket with it over the last 3 months.  Tribbles in a tank!


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