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Old 10-02-2014, 01:28 AM   #1
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Lego's 40 Breeder Scape - Back in the Saddle Again


Hey TPT! I've been on a nearly 3-year-long hiatus from planted tanks. College classes really leave no time for much of anything, but those are done and gone, I have my expensive piece of paper, and I have the itch to aquascape again.

For you old timers that remember me, you may remember that I worked at a small pet store and I often had a display tank set up there. Well I'm still at the same store, more or less managing a chunk of it now, and finally made space for a new display tank. I've had this 40B set up for some time now and never really did anything with it, so I tore it down and began setup today. Here's the most recent pic of this scape before teardown:



Excuse the potato quality pics. I left my DSLR at home, so these were taken with my phone. I'll get better ones soon.

I've always done more natural, Amano-style scapes, but I think I'm going to do something entirely different with this one and do a high-tech dutch-ish theme. I'm still sketching out designs and really have no idea what I want this tank to look like when it's done. My scapes have a tendency to constantly evolve anyway. Setup pics inbound!

I've always done a soil-based substrate in my tanks, and this one's no different.



Fertilome grows plants bigger and better than any other substrate I've tried so far, and at a fraction of the cost.

That's the good stuff



I capped the soil with a pool filter sand. I nearly always use dark-colored caps, so this is something new for me. I really like the look of this stuff.



The hardscape as it stands now. Trying a lighter colored background this time as well. We'll see how it looks once the tank's filled. I may end up going with black again.



I'm not too worried about how the hardscape looks to be honest because I'm planning on burying it completely in plants. I'll probably tweak it half a dozen times before this weekend anyway.
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:46 AM   #2
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Specs:

Tank - 40 Breeder

Lighting - Fluval Quad T5HO w/ 2 Giesemann Aquaflora and 2 Giesemann Midday 39W

Filter - Aquatop CF-300 canister

Heater - Hydor ETH-300

CO2 - 20lb tank w/ dual stage regulator

Ferts - Dry EI dosing
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:16 AM   #3
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Hey, I'm also a recent grad and I'm setting up a dirted tank too, so I'll be sure to follow this one closely.
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Old 10-02-2014, 06:57 AM   #4
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this will be fun to watch
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:59 PM   #5
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No Lego blocks in this tank? I was hoping to see an amano themed lego-scape!
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Old 10-04-2014, 02:27 AM   #6
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Welcome back! cant wait to see what you do with it.
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Old 10-04-2014, 02:50 AM   #7
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I love how that huge crypt flows over the top of the tank. Was it C. usteriana?
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Old 10-04-2014, 06:04 AM   #8
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It would be a shame to bury that hardscape in plants...
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:15 AM   #9
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Tiptop - Cool! Dirt tanks are the best. Aquasoil and all those other expensive plant substrates can eat it

HybridHerp - thanks! I'm quite excited to get this thing really going

mattcham - haha, no legos is this tank. I do remember seeing TexGal over at APC doing a lego tank at one time. I'll have to see about digging that thread up sometime

Noahma - thanks! I have a million ideas for this tank. It's gonna be a collectoritis tank for sure

Monster Fish - yup, that was a C. usteriana. The two mother plants were over 3 feet long when I pulled them up

ylot77 - I actually considered removing the driftwood entirely. More room for plants! I didn't though; gotta give something for the bristlenose plecos to chew on

No tank shots today. I took a couple earlier, but they look awful so I'm not gonna show. I will say that I now have more species of plants than gallons of water. Instead, here's a couple random shots that did turn out ok.

Blyxa japonica flower spike. I may or may not be keeping the Blyxa. In my time off I forgot that it really isn't a foreground plant.



Ludwigia "Pantanal" doing weird things



It figures, I finally do a soft water tank so I can grow Pantanal, and it does this to me. Tried this plant multiple times before and it reaaaaallllly does not like my liquid rock tap water.

I'll get some decent shots with my DSLR sometime soon here.
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:41 AM   #10
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Ludwigia "Pantanal" doing weird things



It figures, I finally do a soft water tank so I can grow Pantanal, and it does this to me. Tried this plant multiple times before and it reaaaaallllly does not like my liquid rock tap water.

I'll get some decent shots with my DSLR sometime soon here.
Pantanal:".. yeah.. no, I'ma' grow different now!" lovely photo though
Btw what did you do with all the old anubias from the previous scape?
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Old 11-27-2014, 01:34 AM   #11
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AquaAurora - most of it is in a discus tank right below this one. Some of those Anubias had 12" rhizomes.

Finally, time for an update. The tank is growing in incredibly quickly.



I have a bit of fuzz algae and green spot coating many of the solid surfaces and a few of the plants, but otherwise it's doing pretty well. I'm sure that's caused by me still trying to figure out a good dosing schedule for the tank, so nutrient levels aren't real stable yet.

I've been trying a number of different CO2 diffusion methods as well. Currently I have the diffuser directly underneath the powerhead, which seems to work quite well. I had to stuff a piece of coarse sponge into the intake of the powerhead to keep it from sucking up the inhabitants as well. And speaking of which:

Nannostomus beckfori



Apistogramma cacatuoides



Total inhabitants so far:
-12 Nannostomus beckfordi
-3 Apistogramma cacatuoides (2M 1F I think)
-5 Bedotia geayi
-3 Dario dario (all male)
-12 Otocinclus sp.
-3 Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki (more on the way soon)
-15 Corydoras pygmaeus/habrosus
-3 Ancistrus sp.

I plan to get some flavor of dwarf shrimp at some point. I'll have to see what pops up on my lists in the next few weeks.
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Great tank. The Nannostomus beckfori look amazing. Did you get them locally?
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Smoq - Thanks! They are a really nice fish, and pretty underrated too. I don't see pencilfish much at all any more. I work at a pet store (where the tank is located), so all of the fish have come from my weekly supplier.
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Pantanal:".. yeah.. no, I'ma' grow different now!" lovely photo though
Btw what did you do with all the old anubias from the previous scape?
Wait, what? I kinda like how that Pantanal looks tbh. What's it looking like now? And was it just one stem or all of it that started doing this?
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HybridHerp - I pulled all of the Pantanal out and it's growing in my emersed tank at the moment. All of it was doing that, and I really don't know why. I must have enough light over this tank to make the Pantanal think it wasn't underwater anymore. The other Ludwigia are going normally, so I don't know what was up with it.
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