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Old 08-24-2014, 04:00 AM   #1
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Tank shot as of 10/8:



I recently bought a rimless 12g long aquarium that I've absolutely fallen in love with, so I broke down and bought a Mr. Aqua 60P. I know, another tank... will I ever be satisfied?

After being inspired by multiple individuals, I've decided to make this into a nature style aquarium that will be somewhat low tech.

Specs:
Mr. Aqua 60P aquarium
IKEA Besta stand
24-36" Current Satellite LED+
Aqua Top 200 canister filter with UV sterilizer
Black Diamond blasting sand
Weathered Manzanita branches


Fauna:
1 German blue ram
6 neon tetras
4-6 Pygmy cory
4-6 Amano shrimp


Flora:
Blyxa japonica
Needle leaf java fern
Anubias nana 'petite' & 'micro'
Mini pellia
Rotala rotundifolia
Dwarf hairgrass
Hydrocotyle japan
DHG 'belem'



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The scape first being set up...



Adding sand and rocks



Planting done!

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Old 08-24-2014, 10:39 PM   #2
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Did you get the manzanita from Tom?
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:48 PM   #3
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Did you get the manzanita from Tom?
I did, very happy with what I received.
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How do you have the pieces of driftwood standing? Did you ziptie them to the eggcrate?
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:28 AM   #5
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How do you have the pieces of driftwood standing? Did you ziptie them to the eggcrate?
Yep! Got the idea and design from AnotherHobby.
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:05 AM   #6
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Yep! Got the idea and design from AnotherHobby.
I see! I wanted to do that too but I already have substrate in my tank...what's another way to keep the driftwood supported to prevent it from falling?
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Very nice arrangement of the driftwood! This will be great tank...
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I see! I wanted to do that too but I already have substrate in my tank...what's another way to keep the driftwood supported to prevent it from falling?
Hm, depending on what type of wood you have... You could wedge rocks under and around the wood, making it look as natural as possible. If its not too intrusive you could even cut a slab of egg crate, attach the wood and bury it. I'm thinking about actually adding some seriyu stone to this scape since I have lots left over from my other tank .
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Very nice arrangement of the driftwood! This will be great tank...
Thank you for the kind words!! I would love to see an update of your gorgeous forest. The depth is incredible.
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Yep! Got the idea and design from AnotherHobby.
I could tell.
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Thank you for the kind words!! I would love to see an update of your gorgeous forest. The depth is incredible.

It's not a forest anymore. It's a jungle
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Thats a beautiful start, will keep an eye on the progress of this tank
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Hm, depending on what type of wood you have... You could wedge rocks under and around the wood, making it look as natural as possible. If its not too intrusive you could even cut a slab of egg crate, attach the wood and bury it. I'm thinking about actually adding some seriyu stone to this scape since I have lots left over from my other tank .
I actually have the same type of driftwood as you. Got mine from Tom Barr! So it's been very very floaty haha. I've been soaking the driftwood in a bucket so it can stay down. I might do what you did and once I move back home again at the end of the semester, I'll add eggcrate to make it easier.
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I just did a similar tree in my tank with manzanita from Tom barr and eggcrate. I used zip ties and stainless screws to keep it all together. One suggsstion would be to cut out some of the extra eggcrate in the open areas. If you don't have enough soil depth the eggcrate makes it harder to plant. Especially plants with large roots like crypts or when planting with tweezers getting the plant stuck in between the holes.
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I hope you don't mind, your designs are such an inspiration to me. I loved your initial hard scape so much I had to try it for myself and the egg create idea was brilliant. My final product will have a much different look .

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It's not a forest anymore. It's a jungle
I'm sure it looks excellent nonetheless!

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Thats a beautiful start, will keep an eye on the progress of this tank
Thank you so much!!

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I actually have the same type of driftwood as you. Got mine from Tom Barr! So it's been very very floaty haha. I've been soaking the driftwood in a bucket so it can stay down. I might do what you did and once I move back home again at the end of the semester, I'll add eggcrate to make it easier.
Likewise . Love the character of this wood. I have to give you props though... I don't have near enough patience to boil the wood or wait for it to sink.

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I just did a similar tree in my tank with manzanita from Tom barr and eggcrate. I used zip ties and stainless screws to keep it all together. One suggsstion would be to cut out some of the extra eggcrate in the open areas. If you don't have enough soil depth the eggcrate makes it harder to plant. Especially plants with large roots like crypts or when planting with tweezers getting the plant stuck in between the holes.
Thanks for the tip! I am adding rocks and sand now actually, but I will definitely cut out what I can to prevent any hassle.
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