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This my journal for my 46 gallon bowfront. It's been dirted for a while now, but I never posted a journal on it so there are big gaps between some steps and many changes to flora and fauna.

Fish:
15 Harlequin rasbora
4 Cory Cats trilineatus
3 Oto Cats
2 German Blue Rams
2 Apistogramma Cacatuoides
1 Siamese Algae Eater
Malaysian Trumpet Snails
Pond Snails

Plants:
Jungle Val
Ludwigia repens
Hygrophila difformis
brown Cryp
Ozelot sword
Temple
Dwarf sag
Riccia fluitans
Java fern
Java moss

Here is the before with just sand and gravel. I could never get any carpet plants to grow and did not get much growth out of what I did have.
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Complete teardown. Put fish and plants in rubbermaid container with existing tankwater. Used organic topsoil with Seachem root tabs and chunks of clay 3" to 1" sloping back to front.
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Capped the soil with the sand/gravel mix from old setup.
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Added driftwood and planted after filling slowly halfway.
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Filled all the way. Let the filter do some cleaning before putting fish back in.
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Took out the guts of my T8 light and replaced with 2 39W T5HO and new ballast. Bright! Getting some good growth.
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Not happy with the way things are so decided to do a total rescape. First time doing actual aquascaping rather than just sticking things in open areas. Divided the tank in a 1:1.618 ratio and put the focal point, which is the triangular piece of bogwood at that mark and moving to the right.
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Oh! I really love the rescape! Looks like a stream bank. Very nicely done. It's perfect. Now come visit and fix my planted tanks to look like that.

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Thank you, it took a lot of tries to get it where I like it.

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One of dustins dirt converts?
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Yep. That's how I first found out about dirt.

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Changed the wire and just used hooks. Also painted it black.


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