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55 gallon build/journal pic heavy!!

so i started my 55 gallon tank maybe a month or so ago(an upgrade from my 29) it will be heavily planted eventually, but im focusing on my 10, and getting fish for it first. ill probably get the rest of the plants around christmas. so here's the stocks
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jungle vals(have a couple, depending on how fast mine grow i might buy a couple more)
amazon sword(dont have yet)
some kind of stem or 2(suggestions?)
dwarf sagitaria
crypts
anubius!!!(have some but want ALOT)
i have 1 30 inch T5HO 2 times 24watt fixture and a stock T8 1 bulb fixture that i have no idea how many watts it is. this makes a kind of bright to dim effect that looks kind of cool. (if anybody knows how many watts the 55 gallon kit at walmarts lamps are plz share, there were 2 but i took one off for the t5HO)
fish-
15-cherry barbs
5-syno petricola(well thats how many i started with, im just now seeing them sometimes when they swim outside one rock and into another could be less now, but hopefully not)
2-rams(im thinking a gold male and a german blue female, but i might just kepp both of my golds, but i really dont like how one chases the other)
2-apistos(dont know what type but i like viejita)
2-green bristlenose plecos
1-angelfish
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plecos(can anybody sex these?)




gold rams(can anyone sex these?)



what kind of crypt is this?
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Lights are I'm guessing 15w bulbs in the stock hoods.
Normally males get the bristles and the females have smooth heads as adults.
Is the substrate all sand or?

Looks like a great start!

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I really like the hardscape with the white sand substrate, so I'd like to see really low foreground plants and midground plants that didn't completely cover the rocks. The background needs a lot of tall plants that will cover the hardware.
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Lights are I'm guessing 15w bulbs in the stock hoods.
Normally males get the bristles and the females have smooth heads as adults.
Is the substrate all sand or?

Looks like a great start!
just sand. i wish i wouldve put down miracle grow but i dont feel like taking the whole tank down to do it. ehhh i was looking for a way to sex before they had all the bristles. my smaller on has a lot of bristles on the sides of its head but none on top. the larger one doesnt have any.
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I really like the hardscape with the white sand substrate, so I'd like to see really low foreground plants and midground plants that didn't completely cover the rocks. The background needs a lot of tall plants that will cover the hardware.
suggestions for stems and the foreground plant? i think ive decided against dwarf sagitaria since i think it will grow higher on one side and lower on the other. i plan on jungle vals all along the back.
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i was thinking of splitting up the middle rocks into a couple of piles instead of one. would that look better?
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i was thinking of splitting up the middle rocks into a couple of piles instead of one. would that look better?
I personally like it without splitting it. But if I were you, I would do it somewhat off center.

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i might make the rock pile smaller by taking out the huge rock which would put it more to the left
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i might make the rock pile smaller by taking out the huge rock which would put it more to the left
Sounds good. But I was curious, what made you decide to create those piles of rocks? is that because so that the fish can hide in cave? So what's really your goal? you want it to look natural or anything else?

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bc i have a blood parrot in there right now and bc i wanted the synos to have a good place to hide.
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getting some plants soon!! cant wait. updated pics when its planted
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pics i got alot of plants today
i hate this glare!!!




and i need help aquascaping so throw some ideas around.
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