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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s View Post
Nice Job! Do you have any plans for plants in the front?
Thanks. I am thinking glosso to carpet the front sides of the tank going down the hill from the Val's, and hopefully a bit into the valley.

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post #17 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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That looks Good to me. What substraight are you using? Also I just started a journal for my 55 gallon,

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post #19 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-12-2012, 03:08 AM
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my 50 scape

I had a hard time finding driftwood for my tank. Looked for about a month and i have moved things around alot.
This is what it looks like now

I eventually want to upgrade to a 75 for more ground space.
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post #20 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-12-2012, 03:31 AM
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Here's some photos of past scapes in my 55g w/ wood:
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post #21 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 05:36 PM
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My 55 with wood....i agree on the PITA part.
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post #22 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Curt_914 View Post
Hey guys why do 55's have to be such a P.I.T.A. to Aquascape ...

Any one have any good Pics of what youve done with a 55 and driftwood...

You're right the dimensions of a 55 gal. can be the biggest PITA to try to scape. Out of the hundreds of 55 gal. scapes I have seen only maybe 2 looked really good. Here is the best hardscape that I have seen in a 55 gal that gives the tank a sense of depth, which is so hard to do with the shallow depth front to back in a 55 gal. and the guy is from Colorado like you.

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post #23 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 06:53 PM
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55's are one of (if not the) worst sizes ever created - if you specifically set out to design an aquarium that would be impossible to aquascape, you couldn't do much better. Anyone who manages to make one look good has my utmost respect - but I'm also saddened to think of what glorious heights such a talented aquascaper might have achieved with a tank that wasn't working against them every step of the way.

In contrast to the 55's, the old 50 gal shorts (36"x18"x18") are a dream to aquascape. I will never forgive aquarium manufactures for abandoning 50 shorts in favour of 55's; they are clearly a bunch of sadists.
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