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    I've had this aquarium setup for about a few weeks now, but had the same decorations and setup in a 20g before this one. Comparing my tank to a lot of the aquariums I see on here, I just don't think mine is particularly pretty or beautiful like the ones on here. I think it might be the lack of a background and/or background plants. Or maybe just a lack of plants all together. I've thought about replacing the coral rock on the left with a Java moss tree, but trying to find some plants I could put under the tree to fill that space in. The plants under the java tree, would have to be plants that basically need no light... and I don't know that that exists. I've also thought of replacing the rock with some driftwood but the tank is so tall I think that would leave the top part looking empty. Unless I can find some driftwood tall enough to fill it in. I would greatly appreciate some suggestions and constructive criticism! I'll try to figure out how to upload a pic in a few minutes.

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    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1389687817.890007.jpg Not a great photo because its late and the lighting in my room sucks but you can see how it's laid out and get a feel for it.

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    I like it. :) Infact i like the coral as well...Yes, a background will be an add to it. :)

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    Well.. . you asked for it so don't bite my head off.

    First of all, real coral dissolves and will skyrocket your water hardness and increase PH. Not something you want for a lot of species. If it's artificial you can make it less artificial by adding some moss to it. If it is real coral and you're looking to keep any fish that prefer soft to neutral water then take it out, dry it really well and cover it in epoxy resin.

    The setup looks like a few objects placed into a tank. Nothing really wrong with that but it will always look artifical. Also the main focal points are a piece of coral that sticks out of gravel, not a natural combination, and a blue plastic plant.
    A background can help. Take a black piece of carboard and put it behind the tank to test out the idea.

    The tank as a whole... what would you like to look at?

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    Are a few examples of tanks that are easy to set up and maintain. Any one of these can be easily adapted to the tank you have. But you can also go a totally different route and, for example, collect a bunch of wood and only have some amazon frogbit on top.

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    I am pretty sad at aquascaping, too, but resources like tallduchie's should help. Looking around enough to know what you really like and want the tank to look like will give you more focus. Right now your tank looks kind of empty.

    Personally, I've found that the perfect rock or piece of wood can really make a tank. I don't have any pictures up, but I have a piece of wood that I've had in 3 different tanks, and it immediately provided a great centerpiece for each of them. The problem is that it can be hard to find.

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    a background is a good start as others have mentions - something as simple as black posterboard would be great

    Some driftwood and or more plants - taller ones in the back small to mid size in forground
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    I love the driftwood look.....you can prop a long piece up against the side of the tank if you are worried about being bottom heavy. I have a ton of tall fake (green) plants in mine, and a few real ones...and I'm pretty happy with it. The small rock arch would fit nicely in a natural looking tank, but the key is to get a theme going.
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    @talldutchie The coral rock is in fact fake, and that maybe the problem. My aquarium looks too artificial. The blue plant wasn't stay. My neighbor gave it to me and she takes care of my fish while I'm gone so to be nice I put it in there for a little bit. Both of those table just look super full to me, that's the look I'm wanting to go for, but I feel like I can't do too much or the fish won't stand out.

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    What fish do you have in there? Anything with any red in it will stand out nicely against a green background of plants, and anything light-colored will stand out well against dark driftwood. I think you'll be surprised how well your fish stand out in a natural-looking rather than empty tank.

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    Glad you said the red would stand out! I have 10 Cherry barbs, 6 cardinals, 2 Blue Rams, 1 Angelfish, and 1 Bristlenose pleco. How do I list my stock under my comment? I see other people have it but I can't figure out how to do it myself.

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