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Old 10-09-2013, 09:21 PM   #1
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This tank took A LOT of planning. Needless to say, it is still incomplete. I got everything together in a matter of a few months and all the plants are from my previous 33 gallon tank. I have grown tired of boxy tanks and i have always admired every bowfront tank I came across. Here's the issue though... HOW TO SCAPE IT??? I researched what I can do with the plants that I have. It all came down to a dutch or a jungle aquascape. The unfortunate thing is... I wanted a nice iwagumi or nature style tank as well. I figured the best thing to do would be to have some sort of hybrid! I planned to separate the two by a different coloured gravel to make a king of path or road.

Equipment:
46 Gallon Bowfront with a stand
AC70
Fluval 205 Canister
Paintball CO2
2x T5HO 30" Oddysea light fixture
Driftwood
Rocks

Plants:
Carpet of DHG (hopefully)
Blyxa
Hygrophilia Sunset
Rotala indica or rotunifolia. I dont know xD
Ludwigia
Vals
Cabomba
Ambulia
Dwarf Sag
Rosefolia
Crypt Parva
Crypt Wendtii brown
Anubias
Giant baby tears

I had to wash out the old tank. Didn't want any dust or contaminants. I soaked it in a 20% vinegar, 80% water solution overnight and let it soak in decholrinated water after to that for about the time it took to tear down my 33 gallons (4 hours?)


I tore this 33 gallon down, the old thread for it is here:https://gtaaquaria.com/forum/showthread.php?t=47321


I laid down flourite black sand down on both sides and split it down with some gravel I got at my work. Also placed down my sexy driftwood. I have one more piece that has all the plants on it. Maybe ill cover these in moss some day.


I did the initial planting of dwarf sag and giant baby tears at the front. I didn't realize it was so hard to plant in sand. It took me forever to get the giant baby tears to stay under water. Got the rocks on the nature side done and the second piece of driftwood with anubias done as well.


I put some crypts in at the side and got a garbage bag to being filling with water! I was scared the giant baby tears would freaking go everywhere. Luckily only half of them did and i had to replant them later haha.




I filled in the other stem plants to make a dutch or jungle thingy and finally...



Got my livestock in again with all the gear set in place!


This tank had started from this...

and went to this....

and now it is finally at it's last step...
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Looks really nice, great job with everything so far. I gotta say though, the right side's looking a bit empty compared to the left
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Looks really nice, great job with everything so far. I gotta say though, the right side's looking a bit empty compared to the left
Well, I'm going to fill it in with some dwarf hair grass to mimic a nature/iwagumi style thing. I'll probably have to get some sort of supplementary lighting for it to work out. its a big tank :P
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Oh did you get that fixture from me? If so that fixture is a 36"
Looking good man, did you fill it full on the yard?! You gotta be careful with that, I've heard people shattering their tanks filling it like that because of the uneven lawn.
And you got quite a long plant list there
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Oh did you get that fixture from me? If so that fixture is a 36"
Looking good man, did you fill it full on the yard?! You gotta be careful with that, I've heard people shattering their tanks filling it like that because of the uneven lawn.
And you got quite a long plant list there
Oh! right! they are 36 lol. No i didnt fill it up on the year. I rinsed it up on the yard and brought it inside to fill. Didnt want bugs going in my rinse haha. I learned my lesson there. i found worms and all kidns of critters after i left ti over one night. That was only a ten gallon though.
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Well, I'm going to fill it in with some dwarf hair grass to mimic a nature/iwagumi style thing. I'll probably have to get some sort of supplementary lighting for it to work out. its a big tank :P
Ahh okay that sounds sweet, at least you have it all planned out. Goodluck with it, I'll be watching !
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The split design is a really neat idea! Looking forward to seeing how it looks when everything's grown in some. ^_^
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Looks good! Can't wait to see the progress on it.
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I haven't updated in a while. Not much has changed since today. Also I noticed that I did not put a livestock list on so I'll do that considering I got new fish recently!

Fish List:
1x Angelfish
2x Red Eye Tetra
5x Neon Tetra
1x Galaxy Rasbora
1x SAE
4x Cherry Barbs
2x Sailfin Mollies (orange)
2x Ottos
1x Bushynose Pleco
1x Upside down catfish *NEW
6x Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish *NEW
1x Yellow Rainbowfish *NEW
3x Boesmani Rainbowfish *NEW
2x Madagascar Rainbowfish *NEW

Plants:
Blyxa
Hygrophilia Sunset
Rotala something
Ludwigia
Vals
Cabomba
Ambulia
Dwarf Sag
Rosefolia
Crypt Parva
Crypt Wendtii brown
Anubias
Giant baby tears
Echinodorus Parviflorus 'Tropica'*NEW
Rotala wellechi *NEW
Crypt Wendtii Red *NEW

Ok so to the update...



I felt like the dual T5HO light wasn't cutting it so I put in an extra T8 strip light I had laying around. This is been there for 2 weeks now? All of a sudden, a couple of days ago, my dwarf sag starts melting. :O. I have no idea why. i did not change anything for two weeks and it randomly melts. It's the only thing in the tank that is melting. I have changed nothing, dosing, lights, nothing.




Got some new plants in. Rotala Wellechi, Parviflorus, and Crypt Wendtii Red.




Here are some of my new rainbows I got in. Also, I got something called an upside down cat. This looks like a corydora but swims upside down. i saw a whole tank of these. I saw the tank and thought all the corydoras went belly up. Anyone have any info on this guy? Awesome fish. Couldn't nab a photo though... he hid as soon as saw me coming.




And here's my centrepiece fish... MY ANGEL!

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Looks great! Can't wait to see it with carpet!
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