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post #46 of 125 (permalink) Old 06-05-2013, 05:53 PM
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I had hygro sunset in the 60g planted tank I posted near the beginning of the thread, I did like it. Is it OK under less light?

Thinking about giant hygro, too.
Neither need much light at all but both color up under higher light (pink and orange respectively).
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My sunset grows like the devil under low light (2 T12 bulbs) but doesn't color pink until it reaches the surface close to the light.
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Well I am now the proud owner of 240 lbs of safe-t-sorb and a few bags of topsoil so it is starting to look like things will get moving again.

Anyone have cheap ideas for plant weights? I can't stomach paying retail for them from a fish store. I'm wondering if solid core solder would be safe (penny per weight vs 20 cents per weight!)
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How about supergluing them to rocks just like you do with frags? I would be worried that solder would leech something into the water column.
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Many of the plants won't be anywhere near rocks.

Googling terms like "solder aquarium plant weights" brings up mostly people who are guessing, plus a handful of people who say they've done it without problems. Though I did find one person who claims he did it and it instantly killed his whole tank...

Clearly you'd want to use solder without flux. The next question is, what alloy? Of the people who claimed they have done it successfully, it seems there's a divide between classic lead solder and lead free.

I realize I'm probably making a big deal out of a few bucks, but it kills me to pay 5 - 10 times more for something just because it's been repackaged for a specific hobby. Yes, plant weights are $2.50 for 12, which is cheap, but solder is a fraction of the price and I already have pounds of it in different flavors.
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How about smaller stones that will hide under the substrate? Since you're using kitty litter and soil, once the root systems develop, the plants will stay down.
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IME plant weights are only necessary if the substrate is really shallow, or the plant is just really stubborn. If you bury a bit of the plant using tweezers, my guess is that you won't need as many plant weights as you might think.

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Substrate is in!
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all i can say is im jealous ive been wanting a super large tank since i got into aquariums when i was a kid
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Playing with the rocks.

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Close up of the formation on the left. For a sense of scale, this is much bigger than a basketball.

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FWIW this is all local shale/slate. And by local, I mean from my back yard.
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all i can say is im jealous ive been wanting a super large tank since i got into aquariums when i was a kid
Stick to your dreams! This tank existed in my head for many years before I took the first step towards building it.
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Partial driftwood layout:



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I can't decide if I like the really twiggy stuff on the right side. It's supposed to look like a tree fell down and the tips of it's branches are in the water. Also I am hoping it helps obscure the filter box and plumbing return.

Also these photos show off the flexibility of the LED lighting.
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Wow. Coming right along and very nicely too.

The twiggy stuff does do a good job of obscuring the overflow box. Usually we stick to one type of wood in a scape but I like the way this looks. A lot.

I am all about local stuff too, really like the rock work and how it is tied to the wood.

What does the tank look like through the other windows?
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