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Old 06-05-2010, 04:38 PM   #1
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'in a silent way' JG's 20 Hex


Named as such because I listened to this excellent miles davis album multiple times during the setup of this tank. Its always been one of my favorites of his.

So on to the tank stuff... this tank/layout is a direct replacement for my first planted tank the 10g hex. A member in our club had this used 20 hex and I snagged it up to increase the volume and plantable area just a bit. In swapping the tanks around it also afforded me the opportunity to change the substrate from the old seachem onyx sand which isn't bad at all but not necessarily the easiest to plant in. Especially when you built up slopes at some point with larger smooth stone.

AGA 20 gallon hex
aquaclear ac20 filter (picking up a 70 at the next club meet to increase the GPH)
Current 1x18W PC (dual daylight bulb)
Stealth heater (not the pro! )
Azoo Plant Bed (natural)

Malaysian driftwood/zebra stone hardscape

5 Rasbora espei
7 Threadfin Rainbows
Red Cherry shrimp
This tank is displayed in our living room area and is probably the one visitors see the most of so I really wanted the hard scape to have a little more impact than it did previously. Given what I had to work with I knew that there were only a few relatively good positions for the wood in the tank so its more or less the same as before... with more wood and some added stone. I hope to keep the hard scape more visible this time around by only having the dwarf sag in the front with the slow growing 'petites'.
I probably thinned out around half of the crypts from the previous setup to make for plenty of grow in room for the next year or so. Most of the ferns had already been removed as it have gotten pretty overgrown. It was a fairly low touch setup before and I'm hoping to keep that very low maintenance schedule with this tank. I'm just hoping the same lighting is going to provide just enough given the increased tank volume... it should do well with the plant selection. Given the lighting and plants its going to be a pretty slow grower. It took well over a year for the 10g layout to really mature so I'm looking forward to this one slowly growing back in to that stage.
Cheers and thanks for looking!
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Old 06-05-2010, 04:51 PM   #2
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wow its very beautiful! very bright i love all of the colorful plants cant wait to see the foreground fill in.
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:51 AM   #3
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Thanks! You know I really had never considered it colorful but it toes have lots of contrasting greens/browns now that I look at it like that.
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:25 AM   #4
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Maybe its the lighting? The green against that drift wood and the substrate just makes the tank look so bright! I don't know what it is but i like it! Great job again. and a hexagon is so hard to scape correctly but you used the space well!
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:24 AM   #5
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Nice looking tank. look forward to updates as it fills in.
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:57 AM   #6
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Fantastic work ! loved how the plants at the bottom the drift wood and then again the plants above it just flows in kinda S shape ... just enhances the tanks shape ... good job !
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:26 AM   #7
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This tank looks great from every angle. You've worked with the tank shape really well.
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:41 PM   #8
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Thanks for the kind comments all.

Unfortunately this tank is going to be taking a huge step back before it grows back in. Seems that all the crypts were quite happy with the buffering effects of the onyx sand that was previously used (kept the ph ~7). Now with the PH lowering azoo substrate I'm seeing significant "crypt melt" that I haven't seen before when just moving/replanting.

The Red Cherries are enjoying the heck out of it though, shouldn't have to feed them for a few weeks.
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Usually hex's make me puke but this is nice I'm loving the low tech!
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:12 PM   #10
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Haha yea I totally understand that. When I first started planted tanks I didn't know better (heck who does). The footprint issues and lighting problems for hexs were unknown to me. Now that I've run the 10 gallon for so long and its nice and easy maintenance I've gotten to where I really like the footprint. It just presents some different challenges to try to make it look good.

Glad mine isn't hurl inducing!
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:30 PM   #11
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Nah man you make it work! The plants look great, so healthy
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:00 AM   #12
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i saw your sig and was like...this has to be a miles inspired tank...not sure if i am seing it in the actual layout, WAY too serene. Good to see some jazz lovers on this forum! Maybe i will set-up a "nefertiti" tank, i wonder what that would look like....
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:20 PM   #13
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+1 for a great looking hex! Not easy to scape or light, but well done!
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:14 AM   #14
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Is a year too long to wait for an update? Naaaaah.

Monkeying a bit with my iphone this afternoon and I snapped a quick update set. I'll stick with the camera from now on. :P

Not so much time for tanks as of late, I'm 3 tanks into tearing down everything to go to a single larger tank (2 plant holding tanks to go!). This one will be left alone though.

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