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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2018, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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New 80 gal custom by a planted newbie

Hi all of you. I'm in the new beginning with a freshwater planted tank. I come from a big reef experience, nearly 10 years of sps corals . But I know nothing about freshwater.. I took a break in our hobby 8 years ago, and this summer I setup a 15 gal with plants and guppies for my kids.. what a mistake.. I fell in love again with aquariums... so now I convinced my wife to have another tank in my home office. It will be planted.. I'm will be pretty , I hope..
It will be 44" x 28" x 20" h , may vary a little bit..
I'm setting it with an idea of a peaceful community .. only small pretty fishes .. a lot.. and a lot of plants..
I've played this afternoon with some rocks and woods for a simple hardscape idea..

I need your opinions about it..
The back and right side will be against walls, it will be mainly view by the front side. I will put fine white sand in the front left corner to under the wood, the sand parts will be limited by rocks and you can see it by the picture from above. The other part will be soil and plants..
Thank you for your opinions .
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It looks very nice so far.
If anything, I think it could benefit with another piece of wood that would connect with the one that is already positioned. Maybe at an angle and going across the substrate. Sort of like roots from the main branch.
Off to a good start!
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We were all newbies at some point. And with your reef experience, you should pick up on everything very quickly. Sounds like a great start and looking forward to seeing how it goes from here.

It's interesting that we have had quite a few former reefers starting journals here lately. It will be interesting to see how you all compare the reefer world to the planted tank world once you get deeper into it.

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Thank you both.
I was moderator in the biggest italian aquarium forum at the time I was reefin .
If you want to look for some pics of one of my tanks you can follow this link : https://tinyurl.com/yconywzj

Btw.. i noticed my scaped is not so plant friendly as I'd like stem plants in the background , so I'll probably move the wood and the rocks 4" toward the front glass.. what do you think ?
The back corners will have higher substrate than other parts (I don't like flat substrates).

@Greggz : as an old reefer (with some good results) I can tell you that freshwater or saltwater are different but the same rules can be applied to both to be successfull : patience & study ... that's all ..
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Wow! Your reef aquarium was beautiful! Such bold, bright and healthy reef-life.
Im sure you will achieve just what you are hoping for in the fresh/planted world as well.
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I like the dimensions of your tank, especially the depth, that'll be good for a planted tank. I checked out your reef tank, very nice.

For the rocks, there's one on the back left that's behind the two larger ones. Since it can't be seen from the front, I'd eliminate it to give you more planting room.

Looking forward to see how your tank progresses!


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