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    Added 50 pounds of sand. Got a nice new piece of bog wood and took out all the "fake" decor so it's just live plants and bog wood. It's a little spars looking now but I love it and the fish love the weaving in and out the the new piece of bog woood

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    We are thinking of getting more live plants but I don't want it to look crowded, What do you think?

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    I agree the appearance of the substrate is much improved. I see more depth and complexity in the old arrangement of plants and wood that I miss in the new one. You might try developing a fore, middle, and background so there is more to see. I like to tinker around with my tank rather than getting it just right and then never changing it. Maybe your tank will be sparse for a while and then you will add more plants when you are ready for another change.

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    Your goldfish might eat the plants anyway but some floating plants would be nice. Goldfish aren't big hidding fish anyway so they'll be happy. Looks nice. Maybe later on you can find even more wood.

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    I was just going to say what Hobbs said...

    Looks good! I like natural!
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    I've got a collection of river rocks I just need to boil that I may stack and bond together to throw in their somewhere. Yea, I agree that there's not really any depth as far as background vs foreground but getting that ugly old substrate outta there is enough to suffice for now. It makes such a difference!

    I will have to get more wood in there, for sure! My wife gave me a bit of a time for spending $40.00 on the new one but, eh, it was from my personal money anyway, and once she saw it she was like, "ok, that looks good!"

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    I was just going to say what Hobbs said...

    Looks good! I like natural!
    Haha, yea. As you can see the java fern to the right is a bit shorter than it was. and the comet LOVES the viney plants (don't remember what they're called) behind the red bogwood to the left. I just figure they can serve as a good, natural supplement the their diet... I can appreciate a good salad

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    A black background would make a big difference too. The bogwood in the second pic needs to be filled in with plants in the background, then leave the right side more open. I would also slope the sand so it is higher in the back of the tank and the detritus runs to the front for easier cleaning. IMO
    It looks good though.

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    I really like the idea of putting a lot of plants behind the bog wood. They'd need to be really tall because I'd want them to be pretty much solid and reaching near the surface... any ideas on what a good plant would be that would be big enough?

    and thanks for all the replies!

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    What type of lighting do you have? Are you going to run CO2? Ferts.? What is your KH/GH and Ph?

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    Wow, what an improvement! Looks great.

    I agree, another chunky piece of wood on the right to give it a bit of height would be good.

    I found that my goldfish didn't eat anubias. You might be able to get them to grow on the wood if your fish leave them alone.

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