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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-05-2013, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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40 gallon Hardscape Utah Dragonstone.

The beginning of my new scape. I am using ADA Amazonia II and local Utah Dragonstone. I currently am doing the Dry start with Fissidens f. and have some UG bladderwort, ammania sp. bonsai and staurogyne repens on the way. I will also be using blyxa j. 2- Finnex Ray 2 high output 36" LED fixtures. Eheim classic canister, inline Hydor heater, inline UpAqua Co2 diffuser. Eventually I will get lily pipes. I am going to get dwarf emerald rasboras, like 20 or so and that's it. Plus orange eye- blue tiger shrimp.
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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-05-2013, 03:37 PM
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That is so cool looking. Can't wait to see it with the plants
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That stone is awesome. Volcanic?

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this is a great scape, love the stones!!!

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Wow! subscribed love the scape, love the stones, love to get them too :P LOL!

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Holy cow I love the sheer mass of the hardscape! Fantastic. I want it lol. How much ADA soil did you have to use?
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40 gallon Hardscape Utah Dragonstone.

He's selling the stones on SnS! Really good pricing too.
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post #8 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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I used three 9 liter bags of Aquasoil and two bags of eco complete. I put peat and activated carbon at the base with some Osmocote Plus, so the extra... mixed with eco complete is relatively the same as the expensive power sand and a great filler... Initially I filled it half way with water to settle areas of substrate that weren't pact down good enough... I did have a few sinkholes. This packing will help so the slopes don't collapse or settle too much. Thank you everyone for the kind words! I do have this rock for sale and yes it is lava rock from Utah, from very ancient volcanoes. Stay tuned...

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All I can say is WOW! The hardscape looks great and +1 to looking forward to seeing this with plants.
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post #10 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! It is taking a long time to gather all the plants, slowly but surely... I still need a few more.... stay tuned...

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Wow, I love the hardscape, it would be good even without any plants IMO, thats how much I like it.
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scape is looking great so far. love to see where this goes. I echo everyone's sentiments, those lava stones are killer! Wish I had the doough to buy my 120p! I would buy a whole bunch from you...
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Really cool stone, looking forward to seeing it planted.
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post #14 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks a lot guys! I could see some African Cichlids in there, even though it isn't the usual rocks one would use, it could be a show tank. I just need some more plants. Waiting for them to come... I ended up filling it up today and it only holds 26 gallons of water. So my little Eheim canister is going to work great because there actually isn't that much water in the tank. Because of the light weighted stones and the weight of the substrate per volume is slightly less than that of water the tank is actually lighter and under less stress.

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