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Im going to try my hand at an aquascaped nano tank so i thought id share my attempt and likely many mistakes with you all.

I picked up this 6.8 gallon tank on sale last week because it looked cool for the price and i like the internal filtration but i didnt have a gameplan for how i wanted to set it up.A43440DB-4D73-4CBE-ACAE-ADAE86F92723.jpeg.eda2cddbcf410528465dbba5aed8740e.jpeg

I knew that it would be a small community set up and eventually house my endlers and asian stone catfish. I would also like to use it for some breeding projects along the way so i want to incorporate lots of nooks and potential hiding spots.

I found some inspiration last weekend while hiking locally. Its tough to tell in these pictures but the mountainsides above the sandy creeks and small lake are full of caves. So i thought id try a scape with that idea in mind. A863632E-AE6C-4C5B-A5C3-88B0717D2747.jpeg.23ef4225028f4a9c3d2d7284fbf47da9.jpegC6BD0143-C962-45CF-A5A8-BEA3D27F5F87.jpeg.bc1fc9f254262bc8eca8044763196e9d.jpegEF8FEE87-5FDA-45EF-951B-3463868E83CB.jpeg.f548de39fd193728271c353861c8aa84.jpeg612E55F4-A927-44E4-96DE-8C1ACDB680D7.jpeg.147aebf9c75eaa14b04c2a7fb9b3359a.jpeg

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The rocks and wood in all of my tanks actually come from nearby this same area. I still have some small rocks and wood left over from my other tanks to pick from so thats what ill be working with.
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I have been playing around with these pieces the last few days trying to get an idea of how they might fit together. Im using some wood off-cuts to get an idea of how high ill build up the mountainside. 
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3 minutes ago, Patrick_G said:

Those tanks are great. The internal filter has room for a ton of filter media. My wife floats plants in there for extra Nitrate removal. The light is pretty good too. We’ve grown Java Fern, Ludwigia, Anubias, Bacopa and floaters. 

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Awesome, im glad youre liking it. Thats exactly what interested me in it. I also have a fluval flex which is a very similar set up and ive got a ton of different media, a sponge filter and pothos crammed into the back of that.
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Also i love how quiet the internal filtration is. Is especially important here because its going right next to my bed. 

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9B710D89-45B2-4BD0-9CBE-1CAE78D032E6.jpeg.dcd080b0622200214f16c152ee05b4d6.jpegUsing eggcrate for the first time. Im hoping it will allow me to get the height i want and help prevent the substrate from flattening down over time.

1BE01480-156A-4CAD-ADCA-6789E206228D.jpeg.be8ffd21357e9e1a98219e9ad18826f8.jpegIm putting in a base layer of caribsea eco-complete to give the plants something to root in and then ill cap it with sand around the perimeter of the mound. I also picked of some river rock gravel so cap the eco complete with on the mountainside area.

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