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post #46 of 210 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 04:22 AM
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Half frozen, is that an upside down stump in the tank you have pictured with the little tot watching the fish. I have not seen that done before or perhaps if I have I did not realized it was a stump up ended...interesting
It was just a piece of wood I found in a local wash, like a branch, nothing crazy unfortunately.. haha it DOES have a nice bowl shaped area on it when angled right that has produced 3 spawns in it though!

I have seen some VERY nice setups with upside-down stumps!

I would look for it being thick on the base(that's what she said) and have alot of branches on top that go all crazy.

But you could go for nothing on the substrate, and just attach the hell out of java's to the branches, to make it a huge solid looking lush tree.

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Large branchy driftwood with nice mosses that will grow nice closer to light and lower light species...anubias or something on the bottom... Goodluck with a carpet lol.
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to right stinkmonkey, I think a carpet is of of the question!!
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good thing carpets aren't mandatory...geeze would you be in trouble!

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Could always rig up some underwater lights in the tree that are hidden and try to illuminate the substrate.. idk.. it is late.. you are going to hear some odd things from me around this time.. good thing we are out of rum.

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.. good thing we are out of rum.
awww, hate it when that happens!
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Substate goes up to 4-5" on the sides and lower in the middle.

Get a nice stump, that you can turn upside down, and have it reach almost half way or more. If you had to, you can cut the stump in half and just put the cut end against the back.

Make it a java fern paradise? Not light demanding, and you could get a wicked look with upside-down stumps... just have to find that right one...


ooooooh! I like this idea a lot!!!!! I second the stumps and java fern paradise!

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I just saw something that I think you should look at. The tank does not have similar dimensions to yours, but...it might inspire you
Dewalltheway's - "The 125G"

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I heard you were needing some ideas on this tank and with it being so tall, you will have problems getting light to the bottom of the tank so you will need some low light plants such as Narrow Leaf Java Fern, Anubius Nana, etc.

I was inspired, in a huge way, when I saw this video from Aquarium Design Group and your tank would be perfect. Contact Frank Wazeter, and he can help you out greatly, great guy! Here is a YouTube link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQO7siUESYA

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and to think I worry about putting rocks in my tanks because of the weight - lol

that's a beautiful tank - I didn't even realize it didn't have any plants until I read the comments - I was too swept away by the tree...

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Amazing tank. I'm tempted to copy those dimensions in plexi for a tree snake set-up.

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I heard you were needing some ideas on this tank and with it being so tall, you will have problems getting light to the bottom of the tank so you will need some low light plants such as Narrow Leaf Java Fern, Anubius Nana, etc.

I was inspired, in a huge way, when I saw this video from Aquarium Design Group and your tank would be perfect. Contact Frank Wazeter, and he can help you out greatly, great guy! Here is a YouTube link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQO7siUESYA

Let me know if I can help in any way!
That's a great video. I saw it a few months ago and it's also influenced how my tanks have evolved. The only thing I would add is that I wouldn't bother with substrate plants at all. I would get some long pieces of wood, or a big piece and screw or tie other pieces to it and then tie and wrap Anubias in strategic places along the limbs and keep them trimmed so that they only grow along the branches so that it looks like a tree. That would provide wonderful shadows down below and if you go LED with the lighting, give you wonderful shimmer yet still remain low light with no algae problems. Having large angels like Altums or Discus would be great in this tank.

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yes Amamnda I saw dewalltheway's tank! beautiful
and dewall, thanks for the link! I had not seen that wonderful scape before! the shimmer and shadows down the trunks is beautiful! and I see inspiration from it in your tank!
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straight...thanks for the offer, never know I might take you up on it. but I dont think I want to go through the tanks bottom. Still, good to know I can pick your brain!
Not a problem Meg, anytime!!! Honestly, the best solution would be to get a snorkel and go swimming haha

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I can't wait for this tank to get going! The height is going to be awesome once you find the right piece of wood.

Have you considered reaching out to Tom Barr (plantbrain here on the forum) to see what kind of Manzanita he's got on-hand?
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