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Old 05-14-2012, 11:32 PM   #61
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:06 AM   #62
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Looking good.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:10 AM   #63
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First attempt at a hardscape. I'm not sure I like it... I had to make due with a lot of smaller rocks that would have been ideal so I'm not sure how natural the rocks look. I also think the wood is a bit mumble jumbled but I'm going to let it sit for a few days before I decide. It takes me about 5 hours to drain, scape and refill so I need to set aside some time to do it.

I also added some chunks of pvc under the soil to act as caves for the plecos. 3/5 are hidden well and you can sorta see one of them clearly.

Sorry bout the haze and the low water level. I was letting some glue dry so it's just the CL running for now.

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Old 05-24-2012, 12:24 AM   #64
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I think it looks good, only thing I would do would be to straighten out the substrate along the front of the tank, just along the front edge, the hills elsewhere are nice.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:54 AM   #65
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Haha, yeah... I added the substrate to the lower level once I had a few inches of water in the tank. I was doing it blind and quickly spread it out by feel. So I'll be straightening it out.

It looks okay, but I don't get excited when I see it. I might pull it and redo.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:58 AM   #66
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Haha, yeah... I added the substrate to the lower level once I had a few inches of water in the tank. I was doing it blind and quickly spread it out by feel. So I'll be straightening it out.

It looks okay, but I don't get excited when I see it. I might pull it and redo.
yea, I think it looks great, get some greenery in the nooks and crannies near the rock and wood and you have a show stopper.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:30 AM   #67
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Wow, this is looking good and you can tell it's not your first rodeo, I want to come back and do some more reading about the light, filtration, etc. but it looks as if your off to a great start.
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:01 AM   #68
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Wow, this is looking good and you can tell it's not your first rodeo, I want to come back and do some more reading about the light, filtration, etc. but it looks as if your off to a great start.
Thanks, I've done a few decent tanks. Nothing I'm proud of yet, save for a 1st place I got in a planted nano aquascaping competition at my club. There wasn't a heck of a lot of competition though.

Didn't change anything drastic yet, but after a few days of thinking on it I move the two branches that were reaching into the forground. I found them a little overbearing. Also notice the difference look to the lighting with the main XML off. Just the neutral and royal blue running, but I can mess with them too. Both are running at about the same current. Reminds me of Pugman's LED colour.

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I think it looks much more open now, before the branches in the front were overwhelming. I think I also created a better arch over the pathway. It's hard to see the path as it sorta runs back and to the right. The tank is scaped toward my seat on the couch.

I'm going to try to use the plant bushes to break up the vertical-ness of the wood. I find the right section has too many "trunks" but the upper portion looks pretty close to the way I want it.

The only thing I want to work on now is a few spots here and there of the rock work where it looks man-made/less natural, and also where the rock piles up at the right end of the tank. The intakes for the closed loop are hidden, but it throws the balance off. So I might change the rocks even if the strainers will be exposed. The rocks are much more obvious anyway, so I need to have them looking good.
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:12 AM   #69
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Also I've been throwing around a plant list. Some of the stems are to play with as I've never seen them. I will get a bunch of whatever will be my initial planting groups. Taking a note from Tom's 120 and I'll be changing things as I go and I see how the tank develops.

Staurogyne repens
Dwarf Hairgrass (Elocharis acicularis) "belem"
Bolbitis
Java fern (Microsorium pteropus) (various)
Cryptocoryne, Wendtii Red 'Mi Oya' "Giant Mother Plant"
Cryptocoryne Wendtii bronze, green, red
Pogostemon stellatus 'Broad Leaf'
Telanthera Rosefolia (Alternanthera reineckii)
Rotala Indica (Rotala roundifolia)
Limnophila hippuroides (Limnophila aromatica 'hippuroides')
Nesaea pedicellata 'Golden'
Ammannia Senegalensis (may be green in color until under high light)
Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata 'Cuba'
Ludwigia Peruensis (Ludwigia peruensis aka Ludwigia glandulosa)
Nesaea Crassicaulis
POGOSTEMON ERECTUS (potted)nice root system
Pogostemon stellata
Rotala Magenta (Rotala macrandra v. 'narrow leaf')
Vesicularia montagnei 'Christmas moss'
Fissidens fontanis
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:14 AM   #70
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Love the look, good looking plant list
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:20 AM   #71
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Lol...

I don't know if it is just me but an impulse build seems to be more like a ten gallon tank. You don't typically hear people say, "Oh I just decided I would get a 165 gallon tank and scape it."

Ha ha, Just kidding, it is looking awesome.
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Old 05-27-2012, 02:03 AM   #72
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Well yes, that would be normal. But the decision for this tank really was an impulse. I was at Big Al's and they had a big sale going on. I was at the checkout buying a 125 when I found an ad on a forum for my tank. Couldn't pass up so I reversed the transaction I had just finished and got the 165 instead.

Technically the build took a year, but the decision to do it really was on a whim.
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:08 AM   #73
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Well yes, that would be normal. But the decision for this tank really was an impulse. I was at Big Al's and they had a big sale.mas I was at the checkout buying a 125 I found an ad on a forum for my tank. Couldn't pass up so I reversed the transaction I had just finished and got the 165 instead.

Technically the build took a year, but the decision to do it really was on a whim.
Yeah I know, I was just poking fun at the title of your thread.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:06 AM   #74
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A little vid of the plumbing and the rest of the setup. I'm mumbling along the whole way (just got up), but at least there's a little commentary and info/thoughts about the setup. I still need to adjust the plumbing, lengthening of the drain and adding a filter sock, etc.

http://youtu.be/FqbU8796ovk
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:53 AM   #75
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Nice tank, I'm diggin' the look. The aggressive branches coming out of the tank = win
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