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mnventurer
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Can anyone offer any experiences or tips on rearranging my fishtank? 20g freshwater... I'm getting bored with the way I have it now.

Saint Paul, Minnesota USA 20g Freshwater Started June 10th 2008
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Oh yes, give yourself plenty of time to do it in otherwise you rush and fish can come to harm.

What do you have now? Do you have any ideas on what you'd like?

If you're thinking of changing over substrate as well as everything else, I'd step up your cleaning of the gravel, make sure it's got no spots where you missed doing a vac. IME doing a substrate change can be the most time consuming as it really does need to be done all at once.


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I'm not going to be changing the gravel... just moving some stuff around. I have lots of live plants. I want to take out the 2 plastic rock formations and put in some mopani wood (which I know needs a lot of soaking first). I'll try and get a picture up of what I have now. It just looks too crowded, but I guess the fishies like all the nooks and crannies. I never get to see my Otocinclus they're always hiding in the Amazon Swords.

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I think the best way to decide how you want your tank arranged is to look at a bunch of pictures of tanks. You can look at the photo booth on this site or find the winners of aquascaping contests on the web. You're bound to find some things you like & can try to sort of imitate it in your own tank. Good luck!
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get your mopani and soak it for at least a week! you can set up some kind of filter with lots of carbon to remove the tannins until a tannin less layer is formed and you get it to properly sink... or you can daily or twice daily change the water in the container its soaking in... Rearranging a tank can be time consuming and hard on he fish. so leave the tank lights off and go at it making sure to to hit, bump, wedge, squish or etc of any of the fish. as for rearranging rooted plants you will want to be really gentle and slowly follow all the roots and try to keep as much of them intact and replant all of the roots not in a ball but slowly stretching outward. as for smaller root system plants (ie stem plants) you can simply up root and move but also be gentle. its not very difficult and I usually move my small pieces of drift wood around on a regular basis to expose new areas to fish grazing and to create a somewhat fresh look. If you look in the terrarium section of the stores you can find some mopani or other wood chunks (no pine, cedar, etc) and simply boil then soak and put in... They are great and you can usually get them fairly cheap! just remember when going for mopani the darker the wood the denser and easier to sink it will be!

Ottocinclus and other algae eaters tend to hid and thats something in their nature, you shouldn't try to make the tank just for your viewing purposes you should make it so the fish are comfortable and as close to a natural habitat as possible. I have a ghost shrimp in my bay front hex tank that I haven't seen since a week after I set it up... then i saw it yesterday, Its kinda rewarding to know that you are doing such a good job of providing hiding places and providing for an aquatic species well enough that it feels at home in its environment. take it slow, plan it out and be gentle...
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Sorry I have tried and I cannot post the "Photos" they are not in JPEG.
I also have sent a PM if any one would like the complete infomation please PM me and I will E/m it to you

Have a look in [link=My Profile] http://www.fishprofiles.com/forums/member.aspx?id=1935[/link] for my tank info
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Ottocinclus and other algae eaters tend to hid and thats something in their nature, you shouldn't try to make the tank just for your viewing purposes you should make it so the fish are comfortable and as close to a natural habitat as possible.


Heck yeah the Otocinclus hide! I almost never see them and just when I think they've disintegrated they come out of hiding. One is almost twice as big as when I 1st got 'em. I think they hide much more now because of the territorial Rams.

First priority for me is my fish being comfortable, it just seems a bit crowded and unplanned in my tank.

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GOOD

its always good to hear that the fish are first priority!

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