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Old 03-28-2013, 01:56 AM   #1
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First planted tank and post!


Howdy all!
I've been lurking around for a while and I've finally decided to post. I just setup my first planted tank a few days ago and I can't wait to see how it goes! It's a 25 gallon setup with a few random cryps, a java fern and a few others (can't remember their names!). I've got 4 guppies, 7 cardinal tetras, 2 otos and a few zebrafish. Everyone seems very happy and my plants seem to be doing well. I ordered a Finnex Fugeray (24") which will be here tomorrow... can't wait! My tank is 20" deep however the substrate is probably 17" from the top. Anyone have experience with the Fugeray? I hope it suits!
Here she is, take it easy on me as this is my first planted tank! All tips are definitely welcome and thanks
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:57 AM   #2
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Oh yeah... I'm extremely bad at plant placement. I may eventually rearrange but even getting to this point was tough!
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:59 AM   #3
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Oh yeah... I'm extremely bad at plant placement. I may eventually rearrange but even getting to this point was tough!
Looks okay to me, maybe use your decorations as a center piece but they look good where they are overall a great job for your first time. Better than my first time lol. Keep in mind the idea of using triangles


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Old 03-28-2013, 02:01 AM   #4
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I also plan on getting rid of the terrible background paper.. I'm hoping the background plants will grow well enough to make a natural barrier. I'll likely paint the back black at some point.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:04 AM   #5
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I like the statue placement as it follows the golden rule but the wood is off (to centered for me). Maybe propping it towards the left corner and placing some plants around it so it looks like a fallen tree along plants.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:05 AM   #6
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I like the statue placement as it follows the golden rule but the wood is off (to centered for me). Maybe propping it towards the left corner and placing some plants around it so it looks like a fallen tree along plants.
Thanks! That's an awesome idea.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:36 AM   #7
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I like the statue. I have a large one similar to that I've been toying around with putting into a tank. Rather than Iwagumi stones, just the statue with moss growing all over it with some hair grass growing around it.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:37 AM   #8
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Lookin real good++ & I'd highly reccomend a black background, it makes your plants pop.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:30 AM   #9
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I have a fugeray on a 24in deep tank, and it does great. Upgraded from coralife 2xt5NO. Plants love it, and it looks nice too.

The pics of my 37g are with the T5 setup. Need to post some new ones with the fugeray.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:06 AM   #10
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Make sure the Java fern's rhizome is not buried in the substrate or it will die. Spread out the bunches of stems that you have, plant the stems individually probably half an inch to an inch apart, gives them room to grow and will give you a fuller look.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:16 AM   #11
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I also plan on getting rid of the terrible background paper.. I'm hoping the background plants will grow well enough to make a natural barrier. I'll likely paint the back black at some point.
u are learning quickly young jedi. Black background painted will emphasis color, add depth, and hide wires/equipment.

personally I like ADA or a natural environment so the statue would have to go!
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:52 AM   #12
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Thanks for all of the tips, guys!
I just got my 24" fugeray and its amazing! I'm gonna start working on getting some better plants as well as some foreground action. I'm looking for a bigger piece of driftwood too which if like to plant moss on. Heres an updated picture! If anyone has a nice piece of driftwood they'd like to part with, I'd love to talk!
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:59 AM   #13
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I've also rearranged a little and got rid of that hideous background!
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:31 AM   #14
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Looks way better with the wood moved to the right. Centered it conflicted with the budda for attention and became distracting. Now it's its own focal point as you look over the tank.
Looks great keep it up
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:56 PM   #15
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Well, I've got some awesome plants and wood from some great members here...
Here's the current setup! I took the Buddha out, added 2 large pieces of driftwood and added about 7 different crypts and planted some dwarf hairgrass. I just hope my 24" fugeray is able to grow it!
What do you guys think?
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I just planted the crypts, they were almost completely melted during their travel here but hopefully they'll be back and beautiful soon!
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