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Old 09-20-2014, 10:44 PM   #1
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oldpunk's something tank (looking for long winded opinions)


Ok guys, the time has come. If I don't set up a tank soon I'm going to loose it. It's been over a year now since I have a tank set up and am finally motivated to start one up again.

Here lies the problem. It's been so long that I've been thinking about what I should do that I'm totally lost as to set it up and scape it.

I've got 2 two tanks I can use. I can't even make up my mind as to which one I want to use. It's either going to be 16 gallon rimless (like a short 60p) or a standard 20 long. Both have great dimensions but totally different looks. I'm leaning towards the rimless.

Time to feed Hudson(15 month old) and gather my thoughts. I'll continue my meanderings in a bit.
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Old 09-20-2014, 11:25 PM   #2
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Alright, Hudson is back to his happy self.

I've got 3 types of lighting I can go with. Led, t5ho, and hqi. Kinda leaning towards the leds but I still like the way t5s light up the tank.

I still have all of my co2 stuff so that's a go. I kinda want to try a cerges reactor this time. I have a couple inline atomizers but didn't care the maintenance involved.

The filter will be a xp3. Does anyone make plastic pipes anymore? I break the glass ones. ..

As far the scape goes, I need ideas. I think by now by I've seen it done just about every way possible. I like nature style but have only really pulled it off once. With all of my past tanks I've used locally collected manzanita. Probably not going to go that route thus time. So I guess I'm either going Dutch or rock. Heavily leaning towards the rocks.

Thinking about doing something like sand in front and rock piled in the back. Not going to do a carpet this time. I have plenty of aquasoil for the planted sections.

Plants. Oh the plants. I really the look of ferns. I've also never really mastered stems but am up for whatever if someone makes a good suggestion. I also love crypts and have lots of success with them in the past. The one thing that I've noticed though is that most of the grow too big to not be the main focus in a smaller tank. Hmmm.... see... I can't make up my mind at all here. A simple scape with minimal pruning would be best for me. Most days I come home from work dead on my feet. Doing more than forts probably isn't going to happen very often.

So to reiterate, given what I have to work with, would would you do?
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Old 09-21-2014, 12:05 AM   #3
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Haha, even a busy father needs a hobby!

First off, I would like to thank you for contributing so much to this hobby and forum.
Your guides and advice along with bettatail's and darkblade's helped me setup my first CO2 system!
You guys rock (as well as the countless others who responded to my noob threads)!

Anyway back to the topic! I saw a nice nano set up using ohko stones (aka dragon stones) recently that maybe can inspire you for your 16g or 20 long.
If I can find the link I'll post it right away, but either way they look pretty cool and a lot of great setups utilize them.

For low maintenance, I literally just purchased some Crypt parva from the sale section for that exact reason as a gift for my brother.
He as well has almost no time for maintaining his 20 long, so I consider it a good fit for him!
It grows extremely slow, stays short and they're used as a foreground plant!

Stems seem to grow faster for me than root plants, not sure if there are extremely slow growing ones out there... Maybe some alternanthera reineckii mini since they stay relatively short and IMO don't require much pruning and special conditions, but they're still able to stay a nice red.

Any reason for not doing carpet?


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I found the scapes with it!
http://25.media.tumblr.com/8d8247ae5...73zo2_1280.jpg

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=347802
(posts 15 and 17)

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Old 09-21-2014, 12:10 AM   #4
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^ thanks!

Not going to do a carpet because I'm horrible about mowing it down. I'm aware of the one's that don't need mowing but have either used them a lot or don't care for the way they look. Besides, I kinda dig the island look.
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Old 09-21-2014, 12:43 AM   #5
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Yea the island look is a great one that I'll hopefully be doing in a nano down the line (no space ) .

However, I found the scapes I was referring too and put them in my first post. They're inspiring me for my next tank which also may be a year... haha.
I hope they give you a boost of inspiration as well.
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Old 09-21-2014, 01:12 AM   #6
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Yup. You've got the idea. I found a couple too. I'd use different plants though.



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Old 09-21-2014, 02:26 AM   #7
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It's funny sometimes how just typing things out can help you decide on stuff.
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I think a hardscape like this in either of those two tanks would be very nice.


I would use the crypts as a background plant, and use fern in and around the middle of the hardscape with some A.petite in the rocks near the bottom. This would be a tank you didnt have to mess with daily, and not to mention it would look awesome.
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:34 PM   #9
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^ Thank you

I really am going to try and stay away from the wood this time though.
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I think you'll need to go rockhunting first, see what you can find, and then let those rocks inspire you.

And I haven't seen anyone making acrylic lily pipes on TPT recently, but I've seen them on Fleabay within the past few months.
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Set up both tanks then you won't have too choose! Problem solved.
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:54 PM   #12
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I think you'll need to go rockhunting first, see what you can find, and then let those rocks inspire you.

And I haven't seen anyone making acrylic lily pipes on TPT recently, but I've seen them on Fleabay within the past few months.
Good idea. We've got a bunch of landscaping yards I've been meaning to visit.
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Set up both tanks then you won't have too choose! Problem solved.
I only have enough time and effort for one at the moment.
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:30 PM   #13
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Do an iwagumi, its an easy maintenance scape. DHG is good, easy to mow and you don't have to worry about uprooting.

Or maybe even HC Cuba! What regulator set up you got for the tank?
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fwiw I was looking at these yesterday.
http://lomov.blogspot.com/2012/06/pe...se-garden.html
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:54 PM   #15
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I sort of fancy the rounder stones sans driftwood in the photo. This would pave the way for any variety of plants and color varients without distracting. Maintenance would be limited to topping and replanting while the foreground would be open for options and quick swap out or just bare...

Call me a practical scaper but that's what i like these days
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