View Full Version : So how does everyone aquascape?

07-08-2004, 11:10 PM
I have seen some really amazing tanks from some of the members. Eveybody seems to have a system they like. I was hoping everyone could share what they like to decorate their tanks with. From substrate to bacground. Specific biotopes, or just plain cool. Feel free to post pics.


07-08-2004, 11:46 PM
i generally like to use small to medium gravely type of substrate(sand, river rock). i generally use plastic plants that have a natural color(no bright pink, orange, you know). i like to let my oscar do the overall scaping if you know what i mean.:D

07-09-2004, 06:03 AM
My fav is driftwood, rocks, slate & grass on a dark substrate. I'm going to have to try to get some full tank shots...
Kinda dark, but she likes it that way.

07-09-2004, 07:01 AM
I try to go natural but not too contrived. I don't bother about trying to acheive a biotope. I like the look of wood. And I have been successful with a few live plants now too(no pics of these though). They look cool, but will probably get chomped...I found a nice mixed gravel I like that looks natural.

I'm attaching a pic anyway ;) You've probably seen enough of my tank to last a long time!!

Nice piece of wood, Cichgirl!

07-09-2004, 08:01 AM
is it ok if i go spastic on pics again rudy????? :P

These are done by my g/f
This one has sand in it and just some bog wood for the none agressive to hide in, I regret going sand in this tank because its hard to keep clean.

07-09-2004, 08:06 AM
This one here was more of a wow factor for our bedroom, it has large black pebbels insted of gravel and alot of plants witch were ripped out by the oscar, The mask in the back ground was just an idea we thought of, but when we put it in the tank we couldnt belive how good it looked, IMO :)

07-09-2004, 08:07 AM

07-09-2004, 08:09 AM
This tank i went for a cave tank and its known as my ugly tank :P its full of africans and a midas/red devil mix the africans "play" in it all day chaseing each other in and out the cave and they also breed like nuts in it as well.

07-09-2004, 08:13 AM
This is my grow out tank and its also just chucked together, all it has is a couple of pipes in it for them to hide in or sleep, a large bell witch my red devil owns, and a couple of rocks, i have gouramis in there as dithers, its a really dark tank as well witch i prefer with these guys. Sorry about the pic but i dont have a whole tank shot yet :(

07-09-2004, 08:15 AM
And you wonder why Vip hsa a thousand posts ;)!!!!!

Nice tanks Vip.

Hey Rudy - you kinda look like Matt Damon ;)

07-09-2004, 08:25 AM
ta neo :) hey rudy, how big is your dovii now?? and you got any updated pics?

07-09-2004, 09:27 AM
Originally posted by NEO_72
And you wonder why Vip hsa a thousand posts ;)!!!!!

Nice tanks Vip.

Hey Rudy - you kinda look like Matt Damon ;)

Rudy, THAT'S who you remind me of!! :lol:

07-09-2004, 10:41 AM
Hey Rudy - you kinda look like Matt Damon ;)

Well how do you like them apples.

07-09-2004, 10:53 AM
That was a good line...

07-09-2004, 02:21 PM

I have glass vases in there for caves, and expect the algae growing on them will look neat. :) The fish love them :D

07-11-2004, 07:03 AM
The tanks look awesome everyone.

Colorfinz. Glass vases hey??? Great idea. What do you keep in there and how much lighting is on that tank?

07-11-2004, 06:54 PM
you know, I had a mason jar in a tank once that I was using to try & catch a fish..then left it in there by mistake...i came back to the fish fighting over it! LOL..i think they do like the see-thru effect!

07-12-2004, 10:35 AM
I usually just move around the rocks every week and i add several plants into it. its not so magnificent but i love it.

07-12-2004, 10:40 AM
I am going to pin this. It should give everyone some good ideas.

07-12-2004, 12:04 PM
Heres another one. i like it a little better.

07-16-2004, 08:21 PM
i like the look of driftwood too,ive also got afew fake plants and a plastic cave that doesn't look too hideous.:rolleyes:

07-16-2004, 08:24 PM
another pic

07-16-2004, 11:44 PM
So the inhabitants of this 58Gallon have been moved to the 75gallon you'll see below. In both you see my general arrangement of decorations. I go with a combination of Malaysian Bog Log, Texas Lace Rock, and fake plants. I always like to keep the decorations far enough away from all the sides of the tank that the fish can swim around everything if they want, but also provide enough crooks and crannies they can also swim through things. I try to build the decorations up somewhat high in the tank so the firemouth stays close the bottom, the convict just kinda cruises around mid-tank, the Severum cruises around mid tank, and the Texas is mid to upper tank

Quickly off topic, but does anybody know how to make use of the IMG button? I've surrounded a URL with this and it never renders the image, just the URL.

07-17-2004, 07:34 PM
i use fine gravel like pea gravel or blast sand as substrate, and use mostly river stones and mopani wood, along with petrified wood (which we have a huge abundance of all the time at the store) and limestone as decoration. i'm not much on plants since my cichlids and such just tear them around and uproot them. i really go for the natural look and try to recreate each type of fish's environment.

07-17-2004, 07:46 PM
I still want to add some stuff to it. Wanted to add a couple clay pots, some more plants(I use plastic ones). And some more rocks.

07-18-2004, 12:10 PM
I love slate rock, and drift wood. I am currently using very small gravel that is light beige and brightens up the tank. My last gravel was big and dark, but I like my new stuff better. Its easier to clean, and looks more like sand. I also use fake plants, cuz there low-no maintnance. But in natural colours. I wish I could post some pix, butI cant post em on this crap computer.

08-13-2004, 06:17 PM
oops...I need to put the pic back up...
I have two 50/50 coral lights 55 watts for each side. Ummmm lol you can see the 4 HOT Magnums in there. :D
The occupants are Geo Brasilienses, Blue Acara and Rainbow, and of course the pleco. :)

Rex Karr
08-15-2004, 09:14 PM
I go for what I think is a very natural look. Many of the tanks, I started with black sand. Next I usually add assortment of medium to large rocks. All of my rocks have been collected by myself, but from different places. I have some extremely rounded stones from Michigan, some very rough rocks from the mountains around here, and some flat smooth rocks from the creeks. All of my tanks contain a fair amount of wood. The commonly sold "driftwood" is ok I guess, but almost all of my wood is African rosewood. Its alwaysa twisted and knarled. And in the aquarium it usually has a nice reddish glow. The one exception is in my largest tank where I have a large (3') tree stump that I collected myself from the a local lake.

A final step in my aquascaping is the lighting. Most people go for a very bright tank, like Klorfinz. And those are awesome, but just wouldn't do justice to my aquascaping. So typically I have rather dim lighting and it does not cover the entire tank, but rather just portions.. It creates a very natural feel while watching the tank at night. You can see the fish moving into and out of the illuminated areas, and it looks totally awesome. I'll try to get some pics, but my camera takes dark pics anyways, and I can't use a flash to capture the feel of the tank. So it may be a bit tricky.

10-21-2004, 08:53 AM
My tank is tacky and unnatural looking but I have tacky unnatural children who want castles and undersea helmets with jewels and gems and such. The tank started as a Characin tank 5 years ago.

I have 2 side-tipped flower pots (one is the Male JDs spot, other forms a boundry cairn next to the Nic Females white mug with both piled high with river rock to disguise the tackiness) and 2 inverted ceramic white mugs (One is favorred by the Nic Female and it is placed near the tacky helmet, the other is in front of the castle trying to lure the Salvini to a frontal lurking position) with X-Mas theme. I also have an inverted glass mug with X-Mas decor held by the Jewel when he is stalking. I have a 16" long Castle that houses all catfish and is Jewel Fishes main relaxation point.

I have a big Helmet that I tilt up and support with some quartz rock buried undergravel. This is the Male Nics rest point and a possible spawn point

Dead in the middle is an Amazon Sword of 4 years with like 25 leaves. I really would loive to divide it, but it's mass is the only thing that keeps it planted. If I divide, the JDs will uproot.

Overall, it's rather gaudy compared to the artwork y'all post. But the fish love going over the irregular boundaries I have made and for some reason, female cichlids LOVE the pure white of the ceramic. They are meant to be temporary but I dunno.

My wish list for the aquarium hobby includes a few higheer priorities than aquascaping:

1. Petition my wife for room for a tank, est 30 gal / 29Long
2. Get said set up cheap or free
3. Equip it bare for a grow out tank.

Once I acheive those, I intend to put an estimated $100 into driftwood and quality rocks.

11-24-2004, 02:09 PM
I use home depot river rock gravel, and locally harvested medium size river rocks to form boundaries. Sometimes an occasional clay pot for shelter.

12-06-2004, 05:04 PM
Can someone show me a dempsey tank? I just want some ideas

12-06-2004, 07:20 PM
im refilling my 8ft'er next thursday a week from now, so ill post pics of it w/ out fish that weekend and complete the week after (incase of a mini spike) im using a WHITE crushed granite substrate (heavier than sand and easier to clean) large red river rock, a few clay pipes and nop wood this time (damn tannen). also use a fake rock styrene backround, and thanks to vip, maybe a mask??????

12-17-2004, 04:45 PM
WOW! really nice setups everyone. My preference is dark tanks with a lot of rockwork and driftwood. These are brighter than normal, I put extra lighting on for the photos.
One of my 90s:
My 240:

12-17-2004, 04:54 PM
Two words captclams.

Kick. Ass.

THanks for sharing.

12-17-2004, 05:31 PM
Thanks for your words. They're good ones.

12-17-2004, 11:04 PM
seriously dude.. awesome

12-18-2004, 12:04 AM
captclams, beautiful set ups you got there.:ok:

12-18-2004, 12:09 AM
now that's a tank!

01-11-2005, 01:01 PM
I hand select rocks for hours. I'm very selective with shape, size and color. I like all the rock the same color or very close. I like to use granite and have area that is killer for collecting. I try to build tunnels under the stones and make it look natural. The local granite has veins of pink or white mainly or a speckled appearence. I like flat bottoms on my stones so they stand up straight like pillars too.

I use crushed coral. Its not the best looking, but it buffers my water to keep my ph at 7.6 which serves my purpose.

I have some awesome driftwood but don't currently use it. Big cichlids are brutal on plants so I don't waste my time.

I like to make my tanks picture perfect and follow the rule of thirds to build the shot. Sorry to say I don't have digital imaging:(

I'd like to try river bottom material for a substrate if I get a new setup.

01-12-2005, 01:55 PM
Wow, nice pix guyz!!!

01-18-2005, 06:43 PM
:jaw: ...excellent tanks guys and gals...this is mine...270 Litre...
(sorry it isnt very clean)

01-20-2005, 04:38 PM
This is how I am currently doing my tanks...I get bored and totally change the look often.






01-20-2005, 06:33 PM
here goes

01-20-2005, 06:34 PM
and more

01-20-2005, 06:36 PM
that last one was a week old, but this here is new

01-20-2005, 06:37 PM
round one......fight!..(they just fake it, both actually quite tame)

01-20-2005, 06:42 PM
fry for all ya'll festae fenatics!

01-20-2005, 06:44 PM
and this is jaust for the starter of this post who wanted to see dempseys in a tank!

01-22-2005, 12:07 AM

pic's of my aquaria. No plants, but wood and stones.
I have only Central American cichliden, 3 tanks of 450,650,750 litre




Greets Cichlidioot
http://www.cichlidforums.com/postimages/2005-01-22/86038-001.GIF (http://people.zeelandnet.nl/witgoes/)

01-22-2005, 12:14 AM
nice! i like your bocourti's

02-07-2005, 09:58 AM
Beautiful tanks Cichlidioot! I love the natural look!

03-07-2005, 03:15 PM
it's all mood dependant for me, however, a common theme I seem to gravitate toward is the darker tank.
I like black gravel, a black back ground, mystical castles, skulls, dragons, sunken ships, and caves.
depending on the color of fish, I like to add a little accent gravel in with the black, ie orange with tiger barbs.
kinda a dungeons and dragons look. I tend to stay away from plants and wood.

03-25-2005, 12:09 PM
The only pics I have here.

03-25-2005, 12:15 PM
The only pics I have here. (Maybe this will work)


03-27-2005, 09:29 PM
Well I dont put much effort into aquascaping.The reason being is because I cant :confused:

03-27-2005, 09:30 PM
cichla tank

05-08-2005, 08:35 PM
Hi,I like to put some natural plants and woods, in addition I put rocks and middles of coconuts for hidden.

05-24-2005, 09:01 AM
My South american cichlid tank:

My South american dwarf tank:

05-24-2005, 09:29 AM
That's an awesome tank eelke. Those uaru are beautiful.

05-24-2005, 11:05 AM
All of that wood in there looks GREAT!

05-24-2005, 01:28 PM
Eelke's tanks are awesome!!

05-24-2005, 02:27 PM
... WOW ... Nice setups you got there Eelke!

05-24-2005, 05:09 PM
very nice tanks Eelke.:ok:

05-25-2005, 05:08 AM
Missed it - your tank looks awesome too, Cichlidioot! (I can only see the middle pic)

Cichlidoot and Eelke, you guys both using sand as a substrate? What kind of filtration are you using? Does the sand get in your filters? I am now thinking I'd like to switch to sand, as I really like the look of your tanks!

05-26-2005, 01:58 PM
I am using very fine silver sand. I use canistrer filtration (3550 liter per hour on a 800 liter tank) and the sand never gets into the filters. The geophages in the tank really like this kind of sand.

05-26-2005, 09:42 PM
eelke and Cichlidioot,
Those are some nice looking tanks. You have me drooling.

07-02-2005, 10:29 PM
I just finished changing over to white silica sand, adding some more plants tommorrow and maybe some more rocks later on.

07-02-2005, 10:37 PM
eelke: fabulous tanks! Really natural......... biotypically "correct!"

07-03-2005, 01:18 PM
Originally posted by dbradley26
I just finished changing over to white silica sand, adding some more plants tommorrow and maybe some more rocks later on.

08-17-2005, 02:33 AM
eelke and Cichlidioot
those tanks are sweet....

08-17-2005, 07:09 PM
The first pic is how I started aquascaping...and the second pic is what I'm doing now...

08-17-2005, 07:11 PM
Jan 2005

08-17-2005, 07:12 PM
Aug 2005

09-19-2005, 03:07 PM
I have a qestion.Do u think i can put
2 oscars
2blood parrots cichlid
and 1 jack dempsy
in a 100 Gallon tank? Thanks

10-20-2005, 12:33 AM
My Nicarguan Cichlid seems to be handling the aquascaping at the moment :wink:

12-16-2005, 06:44 PM
thought i would update my tanks. this is the 150

12-16-2005, 06:45 PM
the 55

12-16-2005, 06:46 PM
and the 20

01-08-2006, 04:53 AM
Hi All,

Here is my new tank. It's still a bit milky, hopefully will be settled by tomorrow for my fish to go in. We have the token goldfish in there at the moment, acting as our canary!

I was wondering if you guys can suggest any other things i should do with it to make it more user friendly for my Vieja Fenestratus? I think i will need some more hiding places. We are trying to create a forest on the right hand side, but i dont know how long that will last once Mr Hunky goes in!

Hope ya'll had a fab weekend!


01-08-2006, 09:19 AM
Hi Bec, your tank is looking very nice! I have never kept vieja but don't be surprised if he re-arranges his tank a bit once he settles in!

01-08-2006, 04:22 PM
Hey Finz,

My boyfriend and his best friend we're carefully placing the rocks and pebbels in all the right spots. I told them not to really bother. Currently, in his smaller tank - all the pebbels are stacked to the right of the tank like a hill.

Funny little animals aren't they. I never realise how cool fish can really be until i got him! :o)


02-14-2006, 08:05 PM
here are 2 of my tanks a 29 gallon with convicts in it and a 35 with demseys

02-14-2006, 08:08 PM
sorry i guess i dont quite know how to attatch images to a reply yet

02-14-2006, 08:14 PM
Originally posted by vishesfishes
sorry i guess i dont quite know how to attatch images to a reply yet

If you click reply, you will see an "IMG" button. You place your pictures on any web-hosting site, and it will give you an address for your picture. You paste this address on the pop-up button.

Or you can attach it directly using the attach file option below. Right above the submit reply button

Attach file:
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02-23-2006, 12:31 PM
heres my convict fry tank before i rearranged it to add lotsa little caves in stones.

02-23-2006, 12:34 PM
here you can see the tiny guys from the side of the tank.

02-23-2006, 01:23 PM
heres my 29 gallon with 2 1.5-2" pairs of convicts, a white pair and a black. with a divider because the male black convict is just so damn mean.

02-23-2006, 01:28 PM
here is my fry tank after i rearanged it, im am still trying to get a good pic of my whole dempsey tank ( its rather dimly lit ) i have only got good pics of the fish so far. Thanx for looking.

02-23-2006, 06:42 PM

06-27-2006, 01:13 PM
this is my new 55gal first time keeping cichlid for me and this is my fav type of setup:

06-27-2006, 01:15 PM
and this is my old 20gal when i had all my cichlids livin in it: srry that its kinda cloudy i just finnished with the rock work

07-05-2006, 09:25 PM
this is my 55gallon re done i like it alot more and the fish are way less aggresive

07-06-2006, 04:11 AM
drift wood,pots, bare bottom in a 75 with a jag.

07-11-2006, 07:35 PM
dang thAts a big bit o wood you got there:D nice back drop

07-12-2006, 10:30 AM
Heres my 165g with just a couple pieces of driftwood and a couple plants.

07-12-2006, 01:15 PM
I wanted rocks for my tank. Kind of goes with the Mbuna thing :) I have had the tank for close to 8 years and it has gone thourgh a series of changes from its humble beginnings


and then I discovered making clay pots


then I read about people using sand instead of gravel


I then tossed the pots and went with lace rocks

Then I decided I like the "marint tank" kin of lights and went for 50/50 and the end result is this


eventually, I will change to darker sand but for now I am happy with how it turned out. I have always preferred black backgrounds because the focus should be on what's IN the tank not what's ON the glass

07-25-2006, 08:43 AM
wow i would leave that as it is thats one amazing tank you got there o your fish must be happy... Great work there.

07-25-2006, 10:51 AM
Thanks :) except for the sand looking dirty all the time I love it. That's why I would change to brown

08-28-2006, 07:43 AM
This is my 55 with river rock and pool filter sand. I just added some more rock this weekend and the fish more fish will be in there soon. Just a Jewel and a catfish for now. I'm thinking of flpping the background aroud to the black side and seeing how I like it.

09-27-2006, 01:40 AM
This is my set up 6x2x2, wet dry sump. I made the stand myself out of solid timber.

2 Plecos
5 Scat
2 Green Terror m/f
1 Petenia Slendida
1 Red Devil
2 Texas
1 Destructor Cray

All living in harmony

09-27-2006, 01:41 AM
Also a green severum

09-27-2006, 01:42 AM
just another pic

09-27-2006, 05:57 AM
I'm just going to post pics of all my tanks! Cichlid or not! :wink:

This first is a 5g planted mini-bow with a male betta

09-27-2006, 05:59 AM
This next is the 30g angel tank. All fake decor. Includes mated pair of angels, 4 guppies, 1 endler, 5 orange mollies and 4 cories.

09-27-2006, 06:00 AM
That bamboo stuff is fantastic! I love it!

09-27-2006, 06:02 AM
This next is of the 40g divided tank. This is a temporary home for my new baby oscar and my very mean blood parrot (hence the divider).
Just so everyone knows, I already have a 75g for the oscar I just have to set it up...

09-27-2006, 06:06 AM
This is my 55g so called "reef tank". It's been on the decline since the hurricanes of 2004 which took out all my corals, and most of the fish. Had a problem with hair algae not too long ago and I ended up taking most of the live rock out and well, this is what's left! Fish include small niger trigger, two ocellaris clowns, one pj cardinal and one yellow tailed blue damsel. Inverts include crocrea clam, button polyps, green star polyps, flower anemone, reef lobster, peppermint shrimp, three blue legged hermit crabs and six large turbo snails, one urchin.
I had to use the roman arches to get the clam closer to the lights...

09-27-2006, 06:10 AM
This is the last pic! I don't have any of the temporary 10g which is holding my red tailed shark. Anyway, this is of the 75g saltwater fish only tank. Fake decor. Fish include picasso trigger, two three striped damsels and a yellow tang.

09-27-2006, 06:16 AM
I_love_my_cichlid wrote:
That bamboo stuff is fantastic! I love it!

Thanks! :D

09-27-2006, 06:19 AM
I am almost embarrassed to show this picture after seeing Watermama's beautiful tanks. Unfortunately our Cichlid is a minimalist, destroys everything he does not approve of, and prefers everything to be stacked to the left hand side of the tank. Oh well ... as long as he is happy.

09-27-2006, 06:30 AM
I like it!! :ok: I hate to say it but I don't know what kind of cichlid that is, I don't think I've ever seen one quite like him...he's gorgeous!!! :D

Oh and BTW if anyone wants to give me ideas for a 75g oscar tank I'd appreciate it!!

09-27-2006, 06:35 AM
He is a bit of a spunk isn't he. We think he is a Vieja Fenestratus common name Window Cichlid. Your tanks are so fab. Lots of insperation for the future. You have become my tank guru. haha

09-27-2006, 06:39 AM
i love my cichlid, i think your tank looks just fine! it is very unique the way he stacked all the gravel to one side... my oscars wont leave anything alone in their tank... they uprooted all their plants and the bubble curtain is only stuck with one suction cup because they pulled up the other. they even moved the slate around so that one piece is now overlapping the bubble curtain and makes the bubbles go up it...

watermama, you have beautiful tanks.. we will design oscar tanks together because i am upgrading my babies... i want to go for a more natural looking tank with lower lighting... oh and your angel tank is the exact picture of what i wanted to do with my angel... he is going to be upgraded to a 29g and i was thinking about bamboo. can you give me any pointers on it?

09-27-2006, 07:09 AM
here is my 55 set up the way I want it ..........for now

I have pool filter sand and river rock in it and I'm planning on getting a plaing background soon , the blue is not cutting it.



1 Synodontis catfish
1 common pleco
1 Pseudotropheus demasoni
3 Metriaclima lombardoi
2 Metriaclima Estherae (Red Zebra)
2 Pseudotropheus Socolofil albino (juvies)
4 Labidochromis Caeruleus (yellow lab)

09-27-2006, 07:14 AM
Thanks for the kind words everyone!! :D

MisanthropeKitty, the bamboo was easy. I bought it at PetSmart!! They're fake and they are in groupings of three except for the very smallest which is a single piece. Three different sizes you can buy. I have 4 of the biggest, 3 medium and one small one. The leafy plants at the top were bought online from Drs. Foster and Smith as at the time I couldn't find it anywhere else (although recently I found it at one of the stores I don't go to often...oh well).

I_love_my_cichlid, your fish is a real looker and even after you've given me the name I still haven't heard of it but WOW!!! Quite a fish there..... :ok:

09-27-2006, 07:00 PM
awesome and to think i just left petsmart not too long ago lol... i didnt realize they were fake! the plants at the top are the suction cup kind right? they make the tank look more closed in i like that.

this is my tank right after i remodeled... things look slightly different now since the cichlids have moved some things around.


09-27-2006, 11:56 PM
Originally posted by watermama
This is my 55g so called "reef tank". It's been on the decline since the hurricanes of 2004 which took out all my corals, and most of the fish. Had a problem with hair algae not too long ago and I ended up taking most of the live rock out and well, this is what's left! Fish include small niger trigger, two ocellaris clowns, one pj cardinal and one yellow tailed blue damsel. Inverts include crocrea clam, button polyps, green star polyps, flower anemone, reef lobster, peppermint shrimp, three blue legged hermit crabs and six large turbo snails, one urchin.
I had to use the roman arches to get the clam closer to the lights...
I don't know how you get your Niger to ignore the shrimp, crabs, and coral - but :ok: way to go.

09-28-2006, 12:06 AM
Originally posted by nobsta
This is my set up 6x2x2, wet dry sump. I made the stand myself out of solid timber.

2 Plecos
5 Scat
2 Green Terror m/f
1 Petenia Slendida
1 Red Devil
2 Texas
1 Destructor Cray

All living in harmony
:jaw: STUNNING - Very clean and sharp. what kind of construction is that tank?

09-28-2006, 06:35 AM
i think i got all of my tanks on here but one...

this is my yellow bellied slider... he is a fatty!

this is a fire belly toad.

my future N. multifasciatus tank... if i ever get some money... right now there are guppies in it.

this is the tank that the bream i caught lives in... it looks dirty because there is lake water in the tank...

My angelfish and the immortal tetra.

And last but not least the oscars! Notice their uprooted plants, the uprooted bubbler, and the scheming looks on their faces!!

09-28-2006, 05:07 PM
Cute pics MisanthropeKitty! :D

Ocdreamin wrote:

I don't know how you get your Niger to ignore the shrimp, crabs, and coral - but :ok: way to go.

That niger is the biggest wimp you've ever seen! It's scared to death of the shrimp and the uchin it just avoids like crazy! One time it swam right over the clam and the clam spit water at it and now the trigger won't go over on that side of the tank!! :rolleyes:

Sam Chicklets
11-20-2006, 06:38 AM
I've just gotten back into the hobby 3 months ago after 15 years but haven't lost the love of the planted aquarium. First I put the backdrop on the tank and then try to match the landscaping to give the illusion of the tank being larger than it is. A friend of mine introduced me to playgrond sand which is a wonderful substrate. The plants root in it well and the fish that like to can pick through it quite happily. I was never a fan of real driftwood after whiping out my 108g tank 18 years ago. But see there is a lot of plastic stuff around now that looks fairly natural. Also if you want healthy plants Otocinclus Affinis are great for keeping the leaves algae free without damaging anything or harming the fish. They also work as dithersLOL. Any how I just purchased a 75g tank that needed repair and will be setting it up in the near future. So here is my idea on what aquariums should look like.


My 46g bow front.


My home made 36g tank 14.5"*14.5"*40"


And my little 15g quarantine tank.

Sam Chicklets
11-21-2006, 06:30 AM
Can this post get moved to so how does everyone landscape?

12-11-2006, 06:21 PM
i like light brown sub a fw rocks and some roman ruins wth bubbles

12-24-2006, 02:12 PM
this is my first post here soI thought I would share my tanks

this is my 75gl mixed cichlid


my 46gl sps reef


my 13gl mixed reef


these are all dated pics, so I will have to get more updated shots.

12-24-2006, 02:25 PM
Nice aquascaping! And welcome to the forums! :)

12-24-2006, 03:16 PM
beautiful tanks.:ok:

12-24-2006, 07:24 PM
thanks, I have been on other sites for while now and got pointed in this direction when I ran into forum member Seedy at a lfs.

I'm liking what I'm seeing so far.

12-25-2006, 07:21 PM
neo that poly is beautiful i have one myself and i love him he is one of the best things i ever got

03-11-2007, 05:37 PM
my 110

03-11-2007, 05:38 PM

03-11-2007, 05:38 PM

03-11-2007, 08:07 PM
i don't think i have ever posted my tanks on here... well here goes,

120g Mixed Malawi Tank

29g Lightly Planted Angelfish Tank (This is my first attempt at growing plants)

55g South American

15g N. multi colony

Thanks for looking. These are the only tanks that I actually aquascaped to look nice. My other tanks are more on the functional side of the world, not that pretty to look at.

03-11-2007, 11:26 PM
how do the neons do in the water? I thought about some for my 29 Tang tank but they seemed too delicate to handle the water conditions.

03-12-2007, 02:06 PM
perfectly fine so far. i lost one within a day of bringing it home so i dont think that had anything to do with my tank. other than that they seem to do just fine. my water is about 7.8-8.0 the multis don't even bother them. none of the neons have nipped fins or show any damage.

03-12-2007, 08:13 PM
they do seem to just gratuitously die sometimes.

03-12-2007, 08:15 PM
I love how tranquil your 55g is. It just seems so peaceful and relaxing to look at. I think I commented before but Ill say it again. The albino looks soooo good against the dark back. Love your tanks! :D :D :D


03-14-2007, 03:48 PM
hey thanks jom... i actually rearranged it the other night but i don't think i am satisfied with the way it looks

03-14-2007, 10:33 PM
Took some pics of my tanks today. I haven't posted them on this thread yet.



03-14-2007, 10:35 PM
29 gallon


03-14-2007, 10:37 PM
Thought this was a cool pic of the 29.


03-15-2007, 03:50 PM
o.O is that the only light you keep on the 29 or is that just the moonlighting. I like it either way. Your 55 looks nice.

03-16-2007, 01:23 AM
Thank you very much! For now it is the only light. I concern over the eels poor vision and try to keep the tank in a darker mode. Everyone seems fine with it. Thanks again!


03-31-2007, 09:03 PM
Wicked new piece of driftwood I picked up for the centerpiece.


04-01-2007, 10:20 PM
my 125g central american tank. its still a new set up, thats why its still cloudy

04-01-2007, 11:00 PM
Very pleasant tank! Thanks for sharing.


07-23-2007, 11:38 PM
Geez... I am surprise no one ever posts on this thread. Let's see those tanks!!!!

Here's my 29 with JA's plants :D You can see the dinosaur in the back.


07-24-2007, 08:22 AM
My Electric Blue Jack Dempsey Tank.

My two pride and joys





09-29-2007, 12:41 PM
awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! kool tank. absolutely love it and your fish! congratulations. i know its hard work!!

10-25-2007, 10:24 AM
My 75g Tank

75g Angled Shot

Flower from the Center Plant

Jack Dempsey (Zeus), current owner of the tank

Jack Dempsey (Ohno)

Oscar (Proteus)

Pleco (Hades)

Tank is still a work in progress. I would like to add a small peice of driftwood to finish it up.

11-10-2007, 05:31 PM
a bit blurry cus its a phone pic but its my 50 gallon mbuna tank..any suggestions of what to do?


11-10-2007, 05:33 PM
some of the fish duds




11-16-2007, 07:35 AM
This Is A Pic Of My 55g before the move. The severums and the oscars are now in the 150g.

11-16-2007, 01:18 PM
Flower from the Center Plant

hey i have that same plant... any idea what it is called? i cant remember where i even got mine from!

11-16-2007, 03:44 PM
Its a type of aponogeton. I got mine from walmart in the fish section in a package labeled Hardy Aponogeton Bulbs. It was only a couple of dollars and 3/4 of the bulbs sprouted. I really like these plants. 2 of those grow very fast and my fish seem to mostly ignore them now. Every once and a while someone will take a bite out of one of the leaves :pop:. They have sprouted up alot of flowers and I have recently been trying to fertilize the flowers by hand and it looks like one of them got fertilized as it has a lil pod growing off it. Here is a couple links w/ a little information on them...


11-27-2007, 10:37 PM
Pic of aponogeton seed pods

04-04-2008, 07:47 PM
I thought that these were neat shots, taken at night.

09-14-2008, 03:22 PM
I have some light an dark natural gravel with some flat stones in front and larger rocks in the back i tried to use live plants but they just pull them all up now i just have plastic

09-15-2008, 10:51 AM
Cool tank Chaos... What's in it????


Jeff F.
09-15-2008, 11:59 AM
Here's a picture of my stacker combo. The bottom tank is a 15g. that I use for breeding fancy tail guppies. There is some incredible color in this tank. I pick out the best new additions as they breed and then sell the remainder to the LFS. The top tank is a 29g. that currently houses two small oscars. I'll be trading my oscars in this week because I'm getting a good deal on a breeding pair of neolamprologus brichardi. They were in the LFS showtank but they're downsizing so I'm picking the pair up for $20. I've seen their results and I should have some nice fish for sale before to long!:wink:

09-15-2008, 06:22 PM
I have alot in the 125 at the moment,
pair of Banded Convicts and some fry:lol:
pair of Pink Convicts and some fry:lol:
pair of Cutteri
2 Salvini - 3 in
2 Escondido Carpintis - 3 in
2 Buttikofri - 3 in
E. Blue Dempsey - bout 2 inches
Chocolate - 4 in
Pink Fenestratus - 3 in
Jurupari- 4 in
Flowerhorn 5-6 in
Hybrid RedTail Cat- 3 in
A Clown Pleco - 2 in
A Common Pleco -8 in
2 Rubberlip Pleco- 2 in
2 Spotted Sailfin Pleco- 2 in

It is working well, i know when some of them start to get bigger i will have to make new accomidations for them, but for the moment everyone is very happy and healthy.

09-15-2008, 07:54 PM
Holy cow that is stocked! :yikes: I'm sure it makes for some fun


09-15-2008, 08:48 PM
Yeah I love it, my fish photos need some work but i have some and i am working on getting some better.

09-15-2008, 08:52 PM
I m guessing that with the marble convicts the sexing is the same as the banded an pinks?

I am hoping i have a pair of salvini, as well as the 2 carpintis. but im not so sure how to tell on these. any pointers on that?

09-15-2008, 09:04 PM
I thought that these were neat shots, taken at night.

thats how mine is the light focuses right in the middle an things seem to lurk in the shadows:) nice photos, pretty Sweet setup!!!

10-29-2008, 06:45 AM
So after 3 years I finally took some pics. Let me know what you think :)








10-29-2008, 09:36 AM
I'd call it pretty darn wicked.

10-29-2008, 04:40 PM
I really like all the cavework it provides. The fish sure seem to dig it.

10-30-2008, 05:54 AM

04-02-2009, 01:50 AM
I just set this little tank up last week. Always wanted to try live plants. Hope you like how I aquascape.

04-02-2009, 02:13 AM
I like it, the illusion of a little river bed is really nice. The tank must be a joy to watch. :ok:

05-18-2009, 03:24 PM
i just recently bought this setup off craigslist im still tweaking it..its a 75 gal seaclear acrylic....dont mind the child lock

green terror
some big black catfish dont know what he is lol

05-27-2009, 09:14 PM
i try to stay on the natural side. brown gravel, lava rocks, drift wood, and some sweat.
http://img505.imageshack.us/img505/4479/img4286.th.jpg (http://img505.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4286.jpg)
my 30 hex

07-13-2010, 09:53 AM
I'm new to cichlids, but here's my 55g cichlid tank.


01-01-2011, 02:40 PM
60 gallon..
3 salvinis
3 firemouths


01-07-2011, 01:20 PM

01-08-2011, 05:35 PM
Great looking tanks. Good luck with the planted tank, they can be sticklers if you dont have the proper lighting. Julie :D

03-19-2011, 06:16 AM
This tank i went for a cave tank and its known as my ugly tank :P its full of africans and a midas/red devil mix the africans "play" in it all day chaseing each other in and out the cave and they also breed like nuts in it as well.

This is my grow out tank and its also just chucked together, all it has is a couple of pipes in it for them to hide in or sleep, a large bell witch my red devil owns, and a couple of rocks, i have gouramis in there as dithers, its a really dark tank as well witch i prefer with these guys. Sorry about the pic but i dont have a whole tank shot yet

09-13-2011, 06:42 PM
I like having black sand with a black background.
For plants I prefer real but I usually end up with several fake plants. I try to go for ones that are realistic looking.

then I go for drift wood and rocks I can find. I do have one fake stump that my EBJD loves.

I generally try to go for a natural look.

12-03-2011, 11:25 PM
Wow. Great tanks. Question, how do all you guys clean your tank with so much stuff in it. Everytime I move a rock fish poop is all over the place.

01-13-2012, 02:52 PM
this is my 75 when i first set it up


01-13-2012, 02:53 PM
this is my 75 when i redid it with new fishes


01-13-2012, 02:54 PM
this is my 40 gallon hex that i sold to a friend


01-13-2012, 09:31 PM
HOG, your links don't seem to be working...

Here's a couple links to pages I have found helpful when aquascaping my own setups...



There are many more articles and forum topics that have tons of information on how to create not only a natural scape, but one that's pleasing to the eye as well. Just do a Google search...

01-13-2012, 10:06 PM
that sucks they are good picks of my 75

01-13-2012, 10:08 PM
thanks for the links

02-01-2012, 06:26 AM
Do a lot of you run Co2? I have a semi planted tank now, truthfully i want to replant it but until I can find plants that work well in a 10g I want to try to replant it again. It was more heavily planted weeks back but water conditions were becoming whacky. I lost some fish (none of my apisto's though.) I was curious are some rock harsh on water quality vs others, like a slate vs a quartz? I use river jack and some,quarzite, and some bluestone. I work for a landscape company so I have access to some nice masonry materials. I really want to achieve a small slope, some logs, rock work and moss or short grass in the front. I've also got some pieces of drift wood with a nice size hole bored into them, are some plants better than other for putting in there, almost as a potted plant?

08-06-2012, 08:34 PM
Here is my 75 at a couple of different stages through setting it up :-)
Pretty new to aquascaping, but I actually really enjoy it!

08-20-2013, 07:27 PM
This is my 5x3x2 dovii setup I will be moving them into my 8x3x2 when they are bigger. http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/08/21/9ydeha3a.jpg

08-20-2013, 07:33 PM
Clayton, do us all a favor and start your own thread, that way we can all stay on subject instead of reading back 13 pages to see what is going on.

And Welcome to the Forum, enjoy your stay and ask away, there are a lot of good people here willing to help.

08-20-2013, 09:43 PM
All of my planted tanks have a nice load of wood in them to supply tannins to stabilize the water. I have two with gravel substrate and one with soil under gravel. I also have a tang tank with play sand and granite.