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Old 01-02-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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Need Ideas for a 180


Ok, reef is out, substrate is on the way. I ordered an aqua scaping from aquarium plants to help but I'd like to see a general consensus. I don't have any programs to draw my tank but it's a standard 180g acrylic tank. It is built in the wall and is thus see thru. I have the overflow on 1 side only literally on the side of the 24" deep. It is 6' long 24" tall and 24" deep. 55g sump with 750 w 10k Halide with 396w of a deep violet actinic( Spectrum pretty dang close to "grow bulbs"). An automated Co2 system with ph controller will be added as well as an automated top-off. 750gph return thru sump. Aquarium plants substrate. and I have 2 pieces of driftwood coming.won't get. And some of our favriot looking plants which the pics are copy wrighted. Not sure if anyone has fun with this type if thing but if you don't ask you won't get. We'd like some open aeras for fish to swim and we're not a real big fan of covering the entire bottom. I'd like some bare areas with just the substrate so it's not looking so crowded.

Thanks for any ideas....
fyi this is our first planted tank
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:15 AM   #2
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Sound like a great tank. Theres soo much potential with a large tank.

When you say you bought an aqua scape from aquariumplants.com did you have them make you a custom scape for your tank specificly or did you just choose a scape for a large tank?

Do you know what plants your working with?

Are you going to seal up the sump some how so you have less degassing of co2? Theres a few ways to minimize water splashing and such.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:04 AM   #3
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Hi, Maybe this would help: http://www.adana-th.com/limagegal/thumnail/2007_1.htm

You can copy the whole lot of tanks from 3 years back on DVD and conteplate over them on a large screen a few times.

Good luck!
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:47 PM   #4
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Thanks Ed. That's prob what I'll do.

And yes chuukus, I ordered a custom made plan. We haven't done the phone call yet. That is why I thought I'd pick a few expert brains to see if there was anything specific I should tell him.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:56 AM   #5
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O my god are those tanks beautiful!! Is it really possible to do that? I've never seen anything like it.
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custom made plan?
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Where do people find rocks for this kind of aquascaping???? I've searched the net and I can't seem to find anything to make any of these scapes. Anyone have any thoughts?? I got my substrate in and I'm ready to get this project off the ground. I just need some cool rocks like in the photos.....

http://www.adana-th.com/limagegal/thumnail/2007_1.htm
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Here you'll find a few hundred tanks of all sorts of artistic mastery:

http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2008.cgi

You have 8 years of competition there and you can download all that to your folder/ DVD to have a closer look either on you com screen or on your TV.

I'm in the process of studying this and other sites for exactly the same reason you asking ....
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http://www.adana-th.com/limagegal/page/2007_3.htm
This also has been one of my favorites since I first saw it. Unfortunately I had neither the talent nor the patience. Yet.
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http://s34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...arium/Planted/

Some photos to view. Need help with ideas and identifying plants!!!!
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