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Old 07-09-2014, 05:07 AM   #1
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I have been planning and working on getting this tank together for a bit. I found and cleaned all the rocks and driftwood and placed them in today. I currently am working in retrofitting my fixture for T5HO and need to get that finished befor i move any further. Once that us done i will get the fish and plant list together introduced oy after the water quality is to where it is needed. Would like to hear your opinions on the design so far. Thanks!
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:11 AM   #2
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:17 AM   #3
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I love the wood. The rocks not so much. The shape and color of the rocks do not blend well with the black substrate and the dark wood. However, they could look good with a good plant selection.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:52 AM   #4
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I second the opinion that the rocks don't mesh well with the wood selection. IMO the rock texture clashes with the driftwood, and the rock color clashes with the substrate color.

I feel like in general the color of the rocks should match the substrate and that the texture of the rocks should match the driftwood (if present).
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:06 AM   #5
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Great piece of wood. Replace the smallest rock on the left with the larger rock on the right to accentuate the three piece rock scape on the left and get rid of the remaining rocks. They make the tank look too busy. Plant accordingly and you'll have a keeper. Best of luck.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:41 AM   #6
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That is a sweet piece of driftwood!

The rocks are the wrong color and shape for the driftwood and they look "placed". Try and imagine how the rocks would look if they were at the bottom of a riverbed.

I'd try and find some rocks that match the wood a bit better as it truly is an outstanding piece.

Looks like you are on the right track
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:45 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for your advice and comments. I found the driftwood while fishing at a local river. It was a lucky find. I think I like the contrast between the rocks and the dark wood and substrate. I will rearrange it a bit to see if I can make it look more natural. I think one the take has plants, the rocks wont stand out as much.
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:54 PM   #8
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What kinda ant's ? fire ant's,red ant's black ant's?
Just teasin bout the title to the thread.
Looks good.
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:24 AM   #9
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I currently am working in retrofitting my fixture for T5HO
For what size of tank is this for? Looks like you will need to inject Co2 with that light.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:13 AM   #10
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I kind of like the difference between the dark substrate and white rocks.
However personally I would get rid of the large rock on the right side of the tank as it looks odd where it is.

Once you have some nice lush green, and maybe some red plants in there I think the white will bring it all together. But then again, as a younger man I had bright yellow curtains and a purple couch in my living room so don't take my advice on colours to seriously.
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:04 AM   #11
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For what size of tank is this for? Looks like you will need to inject Co2 with that light.

That is very true... Unless he only has one bulb up
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:58 AM   #12
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This tank is a 65 gallon 36L x 24H x 18D. I plant to use Co2 and have everything planned to get the system together. It may be a few months before I get fish and plants. I am doing this slowly to make sure everything is right and so it doesn't take a big chuck of money all at once. I have moved the rocks around and put most on the left side and a few of the small ones on the right.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:55 AM   #13
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So I got my lights finished up and they are so much brighter but to put off more heat. I will keep my eye on that. I went ahead and got 10 Glofish in the tank to give me something to look at. Not much but it's a start. I will get more in a week or two or after I get my plants in. Don't know which. I need to get my co2 figured out and put together. As for plants, I am thinking giant Val, dwarf sword, amazon sword, crypt wenditti, and/or Anuba lancelotta. Not sure it I'll get all 5 or just a few but that's the list I have for right now. What do you guys think about this plant selection for a newbie? Any recommendations of other plants and where to get my plants from? Thanks for looking and helping out.
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