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Well,, it's been two weeks since I set this up.

It is using a DIY hood with AH 2x55 cf's with their "mirro" reflectors, 3 led blue moonlight, fluval 204 with ceramic discs, glass-gardens C02 regulator, check valve and C02 reactor. For substrate, the bottom layer is 60/40 levelling sand/Flourite with "tahitian moon" sand on top. Rock was found somewhere. "Glosso" for plants.

Photo was Brightness/contrast adjusted manually in PS due to the extreme brightness of the AH lights (retina burner is an understatement).

Water parameters are -
Nitrates <10ppm
Nitrites 0ppm
Total Hardnes (GH) 150 (hard)
Total Alkalinity (KH) 200 +/- ( ideal to high)
PH 7.6

This is untreated water from the tap that has been in tank for 2 weeks. I topped off today with about 1.5 gallons (drips from 3 hours of having hands in water from planting and 2 weeks of evap)

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Looks good Mike. Is Glosso the only plant you have in there?
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yes. unfortunately, it took 2 days to get the plants. Apparently, the Montgomery, Al. PO held them an extra day, so they would have probably looked better had I got them yesterday. Overall though I think they looked pretty darn good. I think they may have originally been in pots before they were shipped hence the length of them too.

All that light and the pressurized C02 shoould make them happy in a few days.
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Nice start...

You might want to add more plants though. And with that much light and CO2 you will need to look at adding nutrients too.

Also I've always found it makes a big difference to paint the back of the tank (outside) black so your eye is not distracted by what's behind the tank. Also hides hoses etc.
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Not sure what look you're going for, but here are some good tips for planting Glosso if you want a carpet effect.

Looks like you're on your way!

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Looking good, but I think you forgot one important fact, to cut the runners into seprate plantlets! Maybe do a big water change and trip those runners really good and you should have a nice carpet growing.....remember to dose!
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You're off to a great start.

Nice center rock, but with the height of the 29, you may want to either find a taller rock, of find some way of raising it up a bit (place it on a stack of slate pieces?). As it is now it lacks presence in the 'scape, and once you start planting more it'll soon get lost completely.

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Laith, waiting on petsmart to get the black background in. LFS is out as well (guess lots of Christmas aquariums going up). Dosing Flourish, Flourish XL and Flourish iron currently.

John, thanks for the link, it's what I used to do this.

Puffer, none of what you see have roots on them hence them sticking up like that. Where there were roots, is where I cut them. I don't think I could have spent any more time leaning over the tank. 3.5 hrs was enough and my hands were sooo wrinkled. I'll wait a bit and see what happens before I go and give them a snip and replant.

I agree with the rock thing, I'm currently looking for a nice piece of driftwood. That rock is really big, bigger than it looks, the base of it is more than two of my fists put together. I'm in a house that was built in '54, and I don't really want to add too much more weight to the floor there. Which, if I got a rock big enough, I think it would be too big. Soooo, think its drift wood time...

we'll see and as time goes on, I'm sure it will change. I plan on doing monthly photo shoots on it to keep it up to date and show the changes I've made from the advice I receive.

Thanks for the input guys !

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Are you waiting for the hi-gloss black background from the lfs? I used the blue one in the past and it really reflects light, making photos a challenge. You might want to try construction paper or even some fabric.

Nice start on the tank!
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Great idea ! Big piece of poster board ought to work... hmm, let see what color to get ? neon pink ? lime green ? nbaa, just plain ol black should do it

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One thing is that with black paper or poster board taped to the back you'll only end up with a dark gray background. You'll only get that jet black effect by applying the LFS vinyl background with oil, or by painting. The air gap between the back glass and the background is what washes out the color.

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