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55 gallon Low Tech soil sub grow out tank (56K warning)

The plan is to NOT fill this tank to display standards. Rather a nice place to grow out baby angels. Used tank, old lights, old HOB emperor 400 (reinstalling the bio wheels), power heads and UG filter.

DIY 'algae' kit for the back round. Using 3 green acrylic enamels and sponge painting the back glass. Installing the tank under a kitchen counter just above floor level. 3 1/2" above to be exact. Just enough the glass won't get hit sweeping the floor.

1st color just peppering the glass for shading. Using natural sponges.

Second color Heavy patting to dominate color.

Third coat completely covers the glass.

Until I get it flooded I wont know how the effect actually pulls off, may need four or five colors, maybe not. All the greens have umber in the mix which grays or to muddy the color dulling it. So the natural greens of the live plants should really stand out.

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