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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-30-2015, 04:16 AM Thread Starter
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20L First High Tech Tank (hardscape advice needed)

Hello everyone, I'm working on my first high tech tank, could definitely use some input and advice along the way -

Equipment I have so far is:
20L (Petco 1$ per gallon sale!)
IKEA expedit stand (will be reinforced w/ wood glue and wall anchored)
Fluval 106 canister filter
Various pieces of Malaysian driftwood
Dual stage Co2 regulator from eBay, still need additional parts and tank

Planned equipment:
2x 9L bag Aquasoil Amazonia (is this too much?)
Finnex Planted+ 24/7 (pre-ordered, amazon)
Additional parts to build out Co2 system

Right now I'm playing around with hardscape and could use some input on the which of the four layouts below is the best. These pieces of Malaysian driftwood are a little larger than I perceived them to be in the store and part of my concern is using up space where I can plant plants. Input on hardscape or equipment plans is welcome:

Layout 1:

Layout 2:

Layout 3:

Layout 4:
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Love the flow of layout 2. Something along the lines of that one, with the nice wave shape would be really unique.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-30-2015, 03:49 PM
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I would take the piece of DW that is on the right in option 2 and actually cut some of it off so that you can position that piece vertically - like a stump. I would keep the left 2/3's of it and cut off the third of if over on the far right side. Heck, you could even do another vertical nub/stump with the 1/3 that you would be cutting off. Artifacts always look better in odd numbers too...so...multiple problems solved!
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I think layout 2 would be neat if you had substrate slope up high on right and maybe a stone or plants up high giving a nice change in elevation.

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