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5BodyBlade 08-21-2011 11:41 PM

Dirt convert
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5BodyBlade 08-21-2011 11:58 PM


5BodyBlade 08-22-2011 02:43 PM

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This my journal for my 46 gallon bowfront. It's been dirted for a while now, but I never posted a journal on it so there are big gaps between some steps and many changes to flora and fauna.

15 Harlequin rasbora
4 Cory Cats trilineatus
3 Oto Cats
2 German Blue Rams
2 Apistogramma Cacatuoides
1 Siamese Algae Eater
Malaysian Trumpet Snails
Pond Snails

Jungle Val
Ludwigia repens
Hygrophila difformis
brown Cryp
Ozelot sword
Dwarf sag
Riccia fluitans
Java fern
Java moss

Here is the before with just sand and gravel. I could never get any carpet plants to grow and did not get much growth out of what I did have.

5BodyBlade 08-22-2011 02:48 PM

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Complete teardown. Put fish and plants in rubbermaid container with existing tankwater. Used organic topsoil with Seachem root tabs and chunks of clay 3" to 1" sloping back to front.

5BodyBlade 08-22-2011 02:50 PM

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Capped the soil with the sand/gravel mix from old setup.

5BodyBlade 08-22-2011 02:51 PM

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Added driftwood and planted after filling slowly halfway.

5BodyBlade 08-22-2011 02:53 PM

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Filled all the way. Let the filter do some cleaning before putting fish back in.

5BodyBlade 08-22-2011 02:55 PM

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Took out the guts of my T8 light and replaced with 2 39W T5HO and new ballast. Bright! Getting some good growth.

5BodyBlade 08-22-2011 02:58 PM

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Not happy with the way things are so decided to do a total rescape. First time doing actual aquascaping rather than just sticking things in open areas. Divided the tank in a 1:1.618 ratio and put the focal point, which is the triangular piece of bogwood at that mark and moving to the right.

sewingalot 08-22-2011 03:05 PM

Oh! I really love the rescape! Looks like a stream bank. Very nicely done. It's perfect. Now come visit and fix my planted tanks to look like that.

5BodyBlade 08-24-2011 06:40 PM

Thank you, it took a lot of tries to get it where I like it.

AngelfishKid 08-24-2011 09:09 PM

One of dustins dirt converts?

5BodyBlade 09-03-2011 09:09 PM

Yep. That's how I first found out about dirt.

5BodyBlade 11-29-2011 12:58 PM

Built a DIY light fixture hanger from electrical conduit.

5BodyBlade 11-29-2011 01:08 PM

Changed the wire and just used hooks. Also painted it black.

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