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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-05-2012, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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55 Gallon PITA

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...

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Because they're too long and too narrow and all the "cool" driftwood doesn't really fit easily because it's meant for bigger tanks!

Only half kidding.. I'm setting one of these up, and it's been a challenge.. it's hard to deal with the plants when I can't easily see what I'm doing while reaching into the tank.

I also found the PERFECT piece of driftwood in my LFS but it refuses to sink.... I'm giving it another week or so then I'm just going to mount it to something heavy and stop being annoyed at it
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Its annoying , especially when "that perfect piece of driftwood" will fit in a 40 gallon breeder but not a 55 :-(
Start looking on craigslist and get a 75 ;-)

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Or a chainsaw. Helped a friend rip down a huge stump to fit in his 55 last week. Deciding to cut it: two months. Cutting it: two minutes. Figuring out which piece to use? Oy vey, he'll be fiddling with both of them for another week at least.
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I hope he left room for some water!!

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LOL... Yea I have been there with cutting down my driftwood!

An Unfortunitly a 75 gallon isnt in the cards right now. I am saving for a custom acrylic tank that is 50 inches wide 24 deep 24 high. that will go into my wall. so I have to work with what I got.

So lets see some tanks, lol... I will try to get mine posted next tuesday as I cant upload from work.

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With a 55, how about a nice 3-D background on the outside of the tank?
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Glad to hear I'm not the only one having issues with the size/shape of a 55 gal.
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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 03:22 PM
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My solution was I craiglisted the 55gallon and bought a 40B.. lol
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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 01:03 PM
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I'm also having issues with scaping my 55, luckily for me though I found a free 75g on CL yesterday, and then the center brace on my 55 mysteriously broke within a couple hours (It broke by itself, not by my hands lol). So I was able to justify the need for larger tank to my wife. YAY! I'll just swap out the 75, let the 55 sit in the basement for a couple months, then get new top trim for the 55 and set it up too at a later date after I sweeten her up

Oh and a little trick I've found to help sink driftwood is to drill holes in the 'bottom' to the core. Helps the water permeate the wood faster.
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I think my driftwood fits perfectly in my 55 firehouse tank.

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I think my driftwood fits perfectly in my 55 firehouse tank.


i think those lights should be raised a lil to stop the strikes. my personal opinion it looks like garbage when i see strikes, nice even lighting looks better
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i think those lights should be raised a lil to stop the strikes. my personal opinion it looks like garbage when i see strikes, nice even lighting looks better
Can't see those in person at all so I'm not too worried about someone thinking it looks like garbage based on a cell phone pic.
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I really like how the driftwood is. I can't wait to see more progress photos.
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post #15 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 04:23 PM
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Nice Job! Do you have any plans for plants in the front?

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