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Old 11-20-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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My 75.. Time for a Journal


So I've been asking a ton of questions and slowly putting together everything needed for the 75 to come together when I move

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Light: DIY 108W of CFL bulbs (8 bulbs total)
Filter: 2 Aquaclear 110s
Heater: Jager 250W

So I have made a 3D background (still being painted) out of great stuff and lava rock. The 1 piece of driftwood / stump will probably be somewhere in the center

Going to be using Miracle Grow and capping it with black diamond.

I think I want to do mostly crypts, temple plant, Alternanthera Reineckii, maybe a few swords

Current plant stock I have:
3 Amazon Swords (huge - may sell)
1 Red Marble Queen Sword (needs TLC)
6 C. Mi Oya
4-5 C Wendtii Red /Bronze
2-3 C Lutea
1 C Florida Sunset
5-6 Temple Plants
2-3 A. Reineckii
R. Rotundifolia (may sell)
R. Indica (may sell)
Moneywort (may sell)
3-4 Java Fern
1 Unidentified bulb plant (24-30" tall)

Any other plants I could add for some different sizes, I know most of these crypts peak at around 1'

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Old 11-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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With a black substrate and the crypts I am thinking, what color do you guys think the background should be based around?
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:03 PM   #3
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Editted Plant List (owned)

3 Amazon Swords (huge - may sell)
1 Marble Queen Sword (needs TLC) **edited
4 C. Mi Oya **edited
3 C Wendtii Red /Bronze (in 75, 3 more in my 10s) **edited
2 C Lutea (1 more in my 10s)
1 C Florida Sunset
1 C Walkeri
2 C Lucens
5-6 Temple Plants
2-3 A. Reineckii
R. Rotundifolia (may sell)
R. Indica (may sell)
Moneywort (may sell)
3-4 Java Fern
1 Unidentified bulb plant (24-30" tall)

Spoke with my plant guy and can get as many C Spiralis and C Parva as I want at his cost ($1-2 each)
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:22 PM   #4
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With a black substrate and the crypts I am thinking, what color do you guys think the background should be based around?
I would say more grayish like the stone in your one picture.
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:35 PM   #5
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I would say more grayish like the stone in your one picture.
+1 agree...nice plants!
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:47 PM   #6
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Yea, thats my thought, I want to have a touch of color in it, but figured over time in will age and color also
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:14 PM   #7
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Yea, thats my thought, I want to have a touch of color in it, but figured over time in will age and color also
Ya I would use at least 3 colors on it to make it look realistic. Find a real rock and copy those colors. I would at least do Med gray, dark gray, blackish gray for accent or cracks. You could also mix in a darkish brown at parts.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:24 PM   #8
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I'm trying to think about plant layout.... And whether I want to keep the large swords or not that I have
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Old 12-24-2013, 01:05 PM   #9
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Time for a little update:

Got my brand new 75g Tank

Background has been siliconed in place (praying that it doesn't pop free - testing tomorrow)

Plant to test the background, then drain the tank, do a thin layer of peat moss, then 1" MGOPM, then 1-2" of black diamond sand

Plants will consist of:
Temple Hygro
Althernanthera Reineckii
C. Balansae
C. Spiralis
C. Wendtii (multiple types)
C. Mi Oya
C. Parva
C. Lucens
C. Lutea
Java Fern (on driftwood)
Moneywort

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Old 12-24-2013, 11:58 PM   #10
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Awesome! I love the background and the plant choice. Definitely gonna follow this build!
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Old 12-25-2013, 01:49 AM   #11
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Thanks, background didn't move when I filled the tank "insert sigh of relief" lol
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:23 PM   #12
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Dirt and plants are planned for tomorrow!
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:23 AM   #13
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So plants were delayed, got them today.

Plants in the tank:
Temple hygro
Altherna reiniki
Java fern
C balansae
C wendtii (multiple varieties)
C lucens
Dwarf Anubis nana

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Old 01-06-2014, 12:25 PM   #14
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picture with the tank settled a little bit

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Old 01-06-2014, 12:30 PM   #15
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BTW
Plants in the tank:
Temple hygro - 5 stems
Altherna reiniki - 4 stems
Java fern - 4
C balansae - 8
C wendtii (multiple varieties) 15-20
C lucens 5-10
Dwarf Anubis nana - 8
Red Tiger Lotus - 2
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