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Aquascape an Aquarium Coffee Table - 50-60 gallon Tank

Letís started with a teaser, water leak test. Done



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Looks interesting!

How do you plan on doing water changes with the tank so low to the ground? A pump?

My algae is the only plant that pearls.
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Looks interesting!



How do you plan on doing water changes with the tank so low to the ground? A pump?

I was worry about that too, but at the end found out the pump is not necessary, the Aqueon water change still work just fine. Water from the tank go straight to the backyard.


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Got the light and some hard scape to play with. Manzanita pieces and stones






Scape is not finished. More to play!
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Looks good so far!

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Cutting the Manzanita into multiple brances!




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Really cool idea and execution on it so far. Curious to watch this one progress! Subscribed!
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Beautiful wood. I'd put wood on the left side too, like smaller ones if you have more pieces or can move some from the right. On the left side you could do narrow or needle leaf java fern or trident, any of the thinner smaller ferns to match that smaller side too. Or w/e. =D
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Will this function as a table? How are you going to mount the light?
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This is a very cool idea and the scale looks awesome so far! Sub'd too. Obviously I have no say but I think that some LED strips mounted at 45 degree angles around the entire top frame would look awesome for this. Completely hidden from the sides and full view from the top.
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Beautiful wood. I'd put wood on the left side too, like smaller ones if you have more pieces or can move some from the right. On the left side you could do narrow or needle leaf java fern or trident, any of the thinner smaller ferns to match that smaller side too. Or w/e. =D

Thanks! I was thinking to put some woods on the left side at first. But then I also want some space for the fish and not to make it looks like a jungle again. Most of the tank I set up before eventually become a jungle of plants, overgrown...out of control ;(. So this one is a low maintenance hopefully.

NL Java Fern and Trident will be on the list for sure.
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Thanks! I was thinking to put some woods on the left side at first. But then I also want some space for the fish and not to make it looks like a jungle again. Most of the tank I set up before eventually become a jungle of plants, overgrown...out of control ;(. So this one is a low maintenance hopefully.

NL Java Fern and Trident will be on the list for sure.

That's a good point. But if you limit your planting on the left to less dense plants and not bushy stem plants it could be okay. Try and keep the left side shorter too. Smaller ferns and then short crypts? Then the open space could be a bit above that and the middle path and foreground.
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Will this function as a table? How are you going to mount the light?

Yup, itís a table in my fish room
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Aquascape an Aquarium Coffee Table - 50-60 gallon Tank

Adding sand and some smaller branches around the stones for roots effects!





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Did you use super glue or something to attach the smaller branches to the rocks? Just don't want to see them float up on you!
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