50G: Same Hardscape Replanted

July 23rd, 2009

My 50G had turned into quite the farm tank, but I’ve finally been able to reclaim it as an aquascapable aquarium. I really like the hardscape, so I’ve decided to leave that in place, but simply replant it with some different plants. Previously, the aquascape was dominated by Blyxa japonica, where now I’ve only retained that in the middle to the right of the large piece of wood.

50G - Replanted

I’ve added a number of stem plants, and I’m hoping to trim them into bushes, kind of dutch style, behind the rocks to the right. I’m still deciding whether or not to keep the Eleocharis sp. ‘Japan’ in the foreground, or to rip it out and go with something more vintage like Glossostigma elatinoides. Comments welcome!

4 Responses to “50G: Same Hardscape Replanted”

  1. Phillip Says:

    I really like the left hand side, but I think the right would look better with lower, compact planting.

  2. Mark F. Says:

    I’ll cast my vote in favor of keeping the Eleocharis – I think it works well with the wood; makes it look like a log out in an overgrown field (which, if I recall correctly, was your original intent with the hardscape)… of course, that effect will chage when the stem plants get bushy … still, I don’t think glosso would work as well with that particular piece of wood.

  3. James Says:

    Kris, your tanks always look amazing! Even when they’re eat up with algae…lol.

  4. guitarfish Says:

    Thanks for the comments guys! Phillip, the right side is definitely in the growing-in phase. I actually hope to have it a bit taller, but ultimately, nicely trimmed bushes that are lower than the wood on the left side. Mark, thanks for the comments on the hairgrass. I do like it, but it takes FOREVER to spread well for some reason. We’ll see how it goes. Thanks again!