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!shadow! 03-13-2010 06:44 AM

Shadow's 32g ADA rimless tank "Passion" update:Finally planted with pics
So today l got my big income tax paycheck and well you know how the story goes once you get a fish tank you automatically join the "my tank isn't big enough and have to buy bigger and better one category". l've been doing some looking for a rimless tank for a while. I've looked on glasscages, and a few others l can't recall but l went along with greenleafaquariums due to the quality of their silicone. One thing is for sure it's hard to beat glasscages for the money. Anyways l always wanted to get a rimless tank because l wanted to focus more on the beauty inside the tank rather than the black rims. So far l got my piece of manzanita driftwood ordered from Their staff was very courteous and kind and wasn't rude at all. l highly recommend them. l always wanted to go out in nature and find my own driftwood but that wasn't possible due to my cars transmission recently messing up so there goes that idea not to mention the fact that l live in TEXAS where there is plenty of driftwood to collect. My plans are to tear down my 40g l've had for 7 months and move it all over to my 91L. So far my plan is to lay the huge piece of driftwood somewhere in the tank, not sure yet, and make that the focal point and basically let everything else revolve around it. As you can tell l don't usually have a plan because i'm very indecisive and well l think we get like that when we're building up a project. So far it stands out like so:

tank-91L(48g rimless tank from gla)

filter:i'll stick to using my current marineland HOT external canister filter rated for 55g in the meantime, l plan on upgrading it later.

subtrate:ada az ll, nile sand or probably a mixture of the two

flora:willow moss, l plan on covering most of the dw piece placed off center to create a sort of anti-perfect symmetry.Usually in aga contests the judges get you on making the focal point dead on in the center.You will notice that alot if you read the critiques at the bottom of the page. In general, perfect symmetry is a bad thing when designing an aquascape. In nature, you don’t commonly see a rock repeated in one place from another, so l chosed not to do it in mines.However l tend to let my creativity take over and choose to break some rules because if we all followed the "golden rules" then some of are scapes would look very similar which i believe is the opposite of what is to strive for. l believe when we scape we do it in a way that engraves our individualism on the tank and is a reflection of who we are. Anyways back to the tank, the willow moss will be used to cover most of the dw and as far as the carpet i'm still deciding on it. l have several choices i've wanted to try such as a pygmy chain sword,flame moss,glosso, hc,riccia,or dwarf hairgrass but l've already got that in my iwagumi.Here is a picture of the driftwood as you can see it has alot of potential :)
updated 3/24/10
6 x Windelov fern
5 x Weeping Moss (replacing willow moss until l can find some)
7 x Anubias barteri Petite
4 x Narrow leaf Java fern
4 x Philippine Java fern
6 x bolbitis

fauna:Note sure yet but i'm going for schooling fish most likely

lights: 36' nova extreme t5ho 4X39w 2 10k's replacing the 2 actinics with gieseman 6700k or just go all gieseman

co2:pressurized w/ 5lb bottle l got at my lfs aquatek. rhinox 5000 probably upgrade to gla later down the road

Here are some pictures i've been looking up for my inspiration or to better give you an idea of what l'm looking to design(it's hard to put in words but already pictured in my mind)


and the closest looking one to my future design

Last but not least my favorite tank of all time

Well i'll be posting more updates soon l gotta get everything planned out.

HEINEKEN357 03-13-2010 06:53 AM

Wow that driftwood is Massive the last tank is great wish I can do something like that good luck on the tank.

dacrax07 03-13-2010 07:29 AM

$45?? But i guess it's definitely worth it if the outcome looks like those examples.

boink 03-13-2010 07:41 AM

That is a beautiful piece of driftwood. Did you find it yourself?

!shadow! 03-13-2010 05:16 PM


Originally Posted by HEINEKEN357 (Post 1020558)
Wow that driftwood is Massive the last tank is great wish I can do something like that good luck on the tank.

thanks i was aiming at big hehe


Originally Posted by dacrax07 (Post 1020573)
$45?? But i guess it's definitely worth it if the outcome looks like those examples.

hopefully :)


Originally Posted by boink (Post 1020574)
That is a beautiful piece of driftwood. Did you find it yourself?

thanks and no i got it at i wish i found it myself,then i'd have something to be proud of.

!shadow! 03-14-2010 10:25 PM

Ok so i'm ordering my 48g gla rimless tank on monday, hopefully it'll arrive on friday but depends. I'll have to give em a call. tank is about 320 without taxes and 150$ for shipping. Atleast l'll have the most expensive thing payed out already. As for the upgraded filtration l decided i'm going to upgrade my marineland 350 hot for a fluval g3. Yes yes l know l couldn't resist that sexy black cube, it's soo shiny. So on fish l decided i'm going to transfer over my 1 electric blue ram, 5 harlequin rasboras, 3 sae's, 2 long finned skirt tetra, 4 white cloud mountain minnows, 3 rosy barbs. l might trade some of my fish in to get a school but not 100% on the decision. l got my drop checker a couple of days ago and testing it on my iwagumi and seems like it's working:

FDNY911 03-15-2010 12:15 AM


!shadow! 03-15-2010 12:46 AM

thanks, l can't wait till i get my g3 it's like a kid at the candy store except i was at a fish store. technology at it's best!

!shadow! 03-15-2010 05:45 AM

a sketch of what it's gonna look like
ok so l wanted to give a visual of part of my hardscape:

green=willow moss
red=some ferns maybe java
black=mexican beach pebbles
here is a good picture:
and last one up close

Here is the layout

Yes l know it looks like a screwed up x-mas tree but anyways that's the plan for now

!shadow! 03-16-2010 02:32 AM

ok so i got out of work late and couldn't order the tank... tommorow for sure!

problemman 03-16-2010 02:46 AM

i ordered my tank at 3 in the morning my answer machine lol

!shadow! 03-16-2010 02:51 AM

Which tank O.o?

dacrax07 03-16-2010 05:09 AM

lol that pic with the willow moss looks like an afro. So fulffy

AlexXx 03-16-2010 05:47 AM

i need me some willow moss! haha

hydrophyte 03-16-2010 09:17 AM

That's an awesome piece of driftwood. I did not know that sold big stumps like that.

But I don't think that you should spray paint it.

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