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Calling all aquascaper extroidanaires!!

Tank dimensions 36"x30"x18", lighting can be adjusted to medium all the way into the high range, fixture i as a 6500k led.

Here is the tank, in the rear middle is a internal sump setup taking up a 12"x8" area


So here is a rough drawing..


In the middle I am looking at doing several vines / wood "sticks" to create a mangrove effect and cover it with Anubis nana and moss of some sort.

Immediately next to that thinking some hygro kompacta sporadically, further out random stone and crypts

In the back corners looking at a combination of jungle valasanaris, aromatica and possibly some combomba, and in front of all that some rotala goias.

Specific side items... Left side there will be a large rock/wood with moss and Java Fern

On the right, would like to get some reinickii anthera (sp?)

Out front though there is currently a lot of open space, debating on leaving that way or try and grow something very short and small in patches or some hardscaping possibly?

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I like the scribble plants, you should just go with them.
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I like the scribble plants, you should just go with them.
Cough.... The scribbled mess in the middle is wood mister helpful

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Calling all aquascaper extroidanaires!!

This is a neat build.

It is 30" tall? I'd go for heavy manzy mixed with amazon swords/red stem plants.

Mossy rocks on the low ground.

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This is a neat build.

It is 30" tall? I'd go for heavy manzy mixed with amazon swords/red stem plants.

Mossy rocks on the low ground.
Sorry, 36"Wx30"Dx18" tall.

Like, manzanita strewn about? Or clustered around the center internal sump?

I have had regular swords, but don't think I have ever done Amazon... Hmm.

More red stems, such as?

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O.K. Serious thought now.

With the foot print you have you could really create a great Dutch Style Aquascape. You could create some very interesting visual pathways deep into the back with stems and a few closely planted patch of crypts.
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Sorry, 36"Wx30"Dx18" tall.

Like, manzanita strewn about? Or clustered around the center internal sump?

I have had regular swords, but don't think I have ever done Amazon... Hmm.

More red stems, such as?

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Forming a central aquascape, around the middle for sure.

I'm not sure. There are a bunch of red plants out there. I just thought some off to the sides would look neat contrasted against the green swords.

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Re: Calling all aquascaper extroidanaires!!

This is always the hard part for me... I think I may use more red stems in the back corners.

I am pretty excited though. So much room!!!

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Re: Calling all aquascaper extroidanaires!!

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But I would trust him to build me a tank.

I am trying to figure how the tank is built, it looks like the sump is in the basement with return back center? I say it has rip written all over it. (I think we have been reading the same threads, friend ).

I am doing something similar on a smaller scale... Tall plants in the back against the sump, height tapering down to both sides and front center.

Althernathera reinekii does better at lower light. Red plants look better against fine leafed green plants like myrio and limnophilias. 18" is not that high, stay away from L. grandulosa. L. Cuba and such. L. repens can always give you a blend of colors, L. aromatica a nice green to red transition, R. macrandra or L. sp red could be your solid 'red' plant. The foreground plant is basically how much work you want to do.

Just some quick notes. Enjoy the trip.

(Does the tank hold water? Looks a bit oversized for a kitty litter box )

Now, you do know where to get some plants from? Will trade for some plumbing work I need done.....in the kid's bathroom.

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But I would trust him to build me s tank.

I am trying to figure how the tank is built, it looks like the sump is in the basement with return back center? I say it has rip written all over it. (I think we have been reading the same threads, friend ).

I am doing something similar on a smaller scale... Tall plants in the back against the sump, height tapering down to both sides and front center.

Althernathera reinekii does better at lower light. Red plants look better against fine leafed green plants like myrio and limnophilias. 18" is not that high, stay away from L. grandulosa. L. Cuba and such. L. repens can always give you a bland of color, L. aromatica a nice green to red transition, R. macrandra or L. sp red could be your solid 'red' plant. The foreground plant is basically how much work you want to do.

Just some quick notes. Enjoy the trip.

(Does the tank hold water? Looks a bit oversized for a kitty litter box )
Thanks for the input as always sir!!

Rip written all over it as in tank failure? O.o

The "sump" is completely internal, I created a little glass box with a baffle on each side, water will be pulled in across the filter media then pumped out the central chamber. Did a similar design on my shrimp tank I made and it works fantastically.


Yes it holds water :P

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Riparium or RIP, it's all up to you.

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'nother thought ~ Make the over flow into a stump.

Surround the over flow with thin wide pc of Driftwood. Plant a smaller leaved Java like Trident or Needle leaf on the stump. No matter how you scape the over flow always draw the eye of the viewer so you might as well make it the focal point. Basically hide it in plain view.
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