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wow this is gonna be good. great work so far

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What a journey for you so far! It must feel good to look back at the progress and now being so close to scaping, filling, and stocking.

Beautiful build, a labor of love. Looking forward to updates!



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Thanks all, I have really enjoyed this part of the build. Next up....

Leak testing.
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Modular Marine Overflow
Great experience purchasing from them. This is a custom size with custom hole placements since my tank was already drilled. Very quick to reply to all my questions and packaged very well for shipping.




Internal overflow comes off to clean.



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Sump modifications, for anyone interested SCS1200 silicone will bond acrylic to glass quite well.
Made a hole to hold the heater in a perfect spot, room for 2 heaters if I want as well.


Drip plates, don't mind the yellow water.


Squeezed that 20lb co2 tank and reg in there..glad my planning is paying off when I designed the stand.


Some filter media in there, still need more but mise we'll start the cycle even though the main display is empty getting hardscaped. Love that I can recirculate the filter while I do trimmings and tank cleaning.
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Added some small black lava rock rubble for the base layer. I needed the extra height and I figured it might be like a knock off ADA power sand (No clue if it's beneficial).


Base layer of Tropica plant soil


Initial rock layout, no plan going in except I wanted two hills. I actually like it for a first attempt and no experience. Let me know if you would do any changes.




White balance issues in auto mode I think (same lighting)


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Added a bit more height, filled in with aquasoil, and added some smaller rocks.


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Added a bit more height, filled in with aquasoil, and added some smaller rocks.


Very nice layout.
From my own recent experience.. Choose rocks larger than u think u need. Because by the time the carpet and plants grow, most of the small rocks will be covered up. if you're using hc cuba for a carpet, they will creep up and over rocks.
If I could/would redo mine, I would have chosen much larger rocks for my scape.
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I was also told the same thing about getting hard larger than you'll think you'll need. It's looking great. I love your sump setup.

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Thanks, I didn't really think of that. I will have to see if I can raise some of the smaller one's.


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Finally got around to planting it yesterday.
15 Tropica tissue culture pots, no real plan going in and just went with the flow. I'm sure I will be moving plants around and adding a couple anyways.

Installed the Avast Marine ATO, the Purigen reactor and CO2 today. Lots of tweaking with the RKL as it's my first controller.


Still need to clean some wires up and mount the pump controllers but want to get the life support items done first.


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Day 4


Nice surprise that Tropica soil doesn't leach any ammonia.

I also sealed up the filter sock holder a bit since the holes were slightly large, with the silicone tube inserts the socks fit perfectly and looks even better too.


Socks installed, I might do the same around all the trays to stop any bypass. I want to try to eliminate any splashing to save co2 and to be silent.
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Day 11
All the plants adjusted well to submersed growth, just the Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis showed significant melting. I'm away most of this month but it's been smooth sailing so far.


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After watching far too many The Green Machine aquascaping videos the elevated and growing between rocks setup is the one thing that has me seriously itching to start a whole new tank from scratch. The above shot is not helping me at all

Seriously, though, it looks amazing.
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