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Newman 09-23-2012 03:24 AM

40 Gallon Community Journal (L260 Plecos are in!)
 
Hello,

This is my old 40 gallon community tank.
Current FTS:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...=DSCN4801c.jpg

Current Stocking:
1 Black Angelfish
6 L260 Juvenile Queen Arabesque Plecos
1 Juvenile Albino BN Pleco
1 Juvenile BN Pleco
1 Mickeymouse Platy
6 Lemon Tetras
2 Neon Tetra
1 Cardinal Tetra
1 Juvenile Pygmy Corydoras

Equipment:
40 gal Flatback Hex Tank
75w Marineland Heater
Aquaclear 70
Tetra Whisper 20i
9w Cree LED DIY Fixture(dimmable) retrofitted into stock Canopy


The tank used to be planted a year ago or more. It had several planted phases. Here is a look into the past:
http://i634.photobucket.com/albums/u...oldifhs058.jpg

And then:
http://i634.photobucket.com/albums/u...n/DSCN2920.jpg

http://i634.photobucket.com/albums/u...n/DSCN3462.jpg
Then:

http://i634.photobucket.com/albums/u...n/DSCN3742.jpg

Looked like this at some point:
http://z6.ifrm.com/8163/83/0/p1028566/phpSPGgAsAM.jpg

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...=DSCN4098c.jpg

Thanks for any advice and suggestions guys!

Newman 09-23-2012 04:53 PM

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anyone have any ideas?

EnigmaticGuppy92 09-23-2012 05:41 PM

id go for a driftwood hardscape with attatched moss and a vallisneria background for half of the tank then have the other half or quarter carpeted in dhg with open water above

Newman 09-23-2012 05:45 PM

can you do a sketch in Microsoft paint for me? it would help visualize the scape you mean :)

EnigmaticGuppy92 09-23-2012 05:47 PM

yup will do

leblue 09-23-2012 05:51 PM

I'd go a mangrove-esq hardscape with a few plants that flower above the water. Add some Indian almond leaves and go for a tea colored look and then many many dwarf puffers (i have a puffer problem...)

Newman 09-23-2012 05:55 PM

Thank so much!

@leblue: that sounds great, but wouldnt i have to lower my water level in order for that to look its best; to see the flowers?
Also i can't really put anymore fish in here haha, or swap fish out. puffers wouldnt work because i like my sulawesi snails in here :D Too many pest snails, yes, but the puffers would go after my prized snails too :(

leblue 09-23-2012 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Newman (Post 2020406)
Thank so much!

@leblue: that sounds great, but wouldnt i have to lower my water level in order for that to look its best; to see the flowers?
Also i can't really put anymore fish in here haha, or swap fish out. puffers wouldnt work because i like my sulawesi snails in here :D Too many pest snails, yes, but the puffers would go after my prized snails too :(

You might be able to get away with not lowering the water if you made some sort of faux background to mount the plants to instead of putting them on the bottom. Also finding a way to make a lattice as if you were growing pothos ivy out of a hob filter.
not my photo btw
http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/s...g?t=1286054104

EnigmaticGuppy92 09-23-2012 06:03 PM

1 Attachment(s)
excuse my un artisticness everyone lol

Attachment 54231

i would have vals at the rear right expanding over half the tank with a striking piece of dw with a dhg carpet to keep it all simple

tharsis 09-23-2012 06:08 PM

I would definitely try to use more of the vertical space since it is so narrow.

You can either use bigger rocks or make a pile of rocks to increase the vertical range of the hardscape. The rockscape you have now is a little bland and lacks drama. If you had more of them you could make some caves etc...also getting similar rocks will make it less distracting.

Driftwood could also be great for using the entire height of the tank. You could have big sticks descending down to look like submerged roots, or you could do a tree stump scape.

Newman 09-24-2012 02:23 AM

all sweet suggestions guys, thank you!
I tried to do the pothos in HOB setup once, but the plant didnt grow too well which was odd...

I really like that scape, EnigmaticGuppy92, I might try something like that.
Would I have to improve my lighting, or will my current 18W work?

I am going to have to locate a source for a good piece of DW like that, some vals and DHG.
Also what kind of moss should i use?
thanks again!

Newman 09-24-2012 03:02 AM

What is a good place to get manzanita wood like that? a website, or thread on here?

EnigmaticGuppy92 09-24-2012 06:34 PM

thanks newman
nt to sure of a good place in the us you could always go foraging and disinfect the wood and clean it yourself iv had alot of success doing this
if you want the tank anything other than low light i would go for upgraded lighting
id go for xmas moss

Drift Monkey 09-25-2012 08:32 PM

It'd look great with a nice piece of manzanita in there! Ifound mine at a LFS, but there should be some vendors that would be able to hook you up!

I had a hard time vertical space as well...but as you can see in my Ebi...a nice piece of manzanita with moss works well. Anubias petite at the base along with java fern growing out behind it would be cool.

Newman 09-25-2012 08:53 PM

Yes, I think i will put manzanita in here. I ordered a nice big piece on [Ebay Link Removed] wasn't too expensive. It will arrive some time next week. In the meantime i will be gathering my vals, hairgrass and choosing what moss to put on the DW.
My LFS will get some vals in on thursday this week, so I'll pick some up soon =)

Unfortunately anubias does not do well in my water for some reason...it hates my tap and melts after a week in my tank. i have tried multiple times and failed. java fern is in here now. not sure if i will use it for the scape though...

Planned plants are Vals, Moss, and Dwarf Hairgrass. keeping it to 3 plants is a good idea and should look nice.


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