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My First Planted Tank Lots of Pics 50G. please critique

Hi, This is my first planted tank. I am going to be tearing this setup down in a few days and wanted to share it before it is gone. I will be moving it to a new tank because the silicone seals on this tank are almost gone. Thanks everyone for all the good posts , questions, and advice. Please leave some comments.

















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Your plants have nice colors, looking healthy as well as the fish. I would put the rocks and driftwood in the midground, tall plants in the background, medium height plants grouped among the rocks and driftwood and low/short plants in the foreground.


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It's hard to tell now but the plants are arranged in a foreground/midground/background manner but I just did a huge trim and the plants along the back are all hygrophylla difformis which grows very rapidly for me
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Nice Tank. My suggestion is to get rid of that gravel!!!
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Nice Tank. My suggestion is to get rid of that gravel!!!
i double that...

and i like ur "tree" of moss you got going
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i double that...
just my suggestion, and i also really like the moss.
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In the tank I will be moving this into I am using all eco complete. Right now there is a mix of pea gravel, flourite, and sand capping a lot of topsoil so in this tank it needed to be there to weigh down the soil.
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Nice tank man, shame you gotta tear it down, I assume you will just switch most of the plants and such over, or do you plan to start from scratch?

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In the tank I will be moving this into I am using all eco complete. Right now there is a mix of pea gravel, flourite, and sand capping a lot of topsoil so in this tank so it needed to be there to weigh down the soil.
Very Nice
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Pianofish- Yes I will just be transferring the plants to the new tank, but I will have a new hardscape and possibly adding some rotala or more ludwigia. My firebelly toads will get the old tank and I am going to attempt growing emergent plants in there. I am just afraid to have the existing tank full of water anymore but I am pretty confident that it could hold a few inches of water for the firebellies to play in.
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thanks for the compliments
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I LOVEEEEEEEEEE the driftwood with the moss on it, SO sick looking.
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Love the plants and the driftwood. Dig the moss work. Not wild about the rocks or substrate. The rocks just throw everything off for me. Maybe a darker rock or a more scattered random layout.. naturalist layout. Otherwise nice job.


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Much better than my first tank.

I had red tailed sharks, mine died due to a heater malfunction. They are one of my top 5 favorite fish, as long as they're not aggressive!

Can we get a little info like lighting/co2/equipment/ferts etc? (Sorry if I missed it)


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