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100 gallon Li River Valley Inspired tank

Hi guys, new to the forum. I've been working on planted tanks for a while now, albeit with not the best success. I just picked up a 100 gallon and wanted to build my first "aquascaped" style tank inspired by the Li River Valley. basically I wanted to give the effect that the tank was a river surrounded by giant mountains covered in "trees". Below is a sketch of what I have in mind and more pics of the actual Li River Valley. Please give me some advice on maybe a species of plant to grow on the "mountains" and maybe some advice on what rocks would look closest to those mountains. Thanks!

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-26-2011, 09:50 PM
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Cypress knees covered with moss would look like the distant mountains.
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Interesting suggestion as I was originally planning to use rocks. Do you have any idea what the effect of the cypress knees would have on the tank? i.e. Does it rot, etc.
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I'd suggest spending some time trolling through the AGA aquascaping contest. They ususally list the plants used, sometimes even with diagrams. That way you can find the effect you want and work from there.

http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2010.cgi


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^They even post their materials used, though sometimes it's just, "rocks" or "driftwood"

This sounds like an awesome idea!!!!

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Easiest thing to do is start with fern, mosses and crypts. Crypts need good circulation and iron. Can get API root tabs to supply it here with no shipping cost. Glue moss with super gell on wood and you will have a tree.

Here Platinum uses moss. Read it was wrapped around wood and then material wrapped around the moss to keep in on the sticks.
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When I saw the inspiration picture, I immediately thought of this tank from 2010 AGA:

http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.or...tegory=0&vol=3

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Hi guys, Thanks for all the feedback! I was wondering if there was also a way to get notifications when people respond to my thread???
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Charlie, that's a really pretty tank, but I was looking more for many more "larger" type mountains to ascertain the feeling of being in a deep valley. I'm still looking around, but looks like the amount of rocks I will need are rather significant. As for the foreground, in order to simulate a "river" I was thinking of leaving aquasoil with nothing growing on it, and bright sand on near the mountains to look like a beach.
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