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Encouraged by other members, I decide to do the journal for this setup. This is my third ones. Click image for larger version

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Tank 30g Waterbox rimless
Stand diy
Light stand UNS
Light ATI T5 24” 39wx4
Filter ehiem 2215
CO2 GLA and DIY reactor
Aqua Ultralviolet UV 8W
Substrate Tropic soil
Rock Leopard
Plants very selective due to tank size
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Very nice set-up. Do you have any ideas on how you would like to design it?
I have a 60 gallon cube and it is such a challenge to get right. But, then again, I am an aquascaping/plant novice.

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Very nice set-up. Do you have any ideas on how you would like to design it?
I have a 60 gallon cube and it is such a challenge to get right. But, then again, I am an aquascaping/plant novice.
it can be either of:

One hill on one side and place rocks here and there OR

one hill on left and one hill on right with a small path divided two hills. one hill is higher than the other.
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Update.

Just finished hard scape. Let me know your recommendation on this scape.




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Plants will eat up that hardscape quick.. Find way larger pieces.


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Plants will eat up that hardscape quick.. Find way larger pieces.
"Rocks shrink in water." ~Luis Navarro

The wood will work very well for epiphytes, but that rock's going to get lost in plants. It's a really nice arrangement though and would look great if you only used small carpeting plants, Staurogyne repens, some Eliocharis species, and epiphytes. Grab a picture and run down to ADG. There's nobody better in that part of the country than them to get that tank in the best shape it can be. If you happen to see Luis tell him that I still remember his quote about rocks after 15 years.
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Thanks for the comments. ADG is the source for the rock. I talked to Luis all the time when I am at the store. He is an awesome guy.

Those rocks were big but I hammered it into small. I will look carefully about the size of the rock. I can change them at anytime since ADG is not far from me.




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Update

Finally I have a chance to fill the water and complete setup except for the Ph monitor. I plan to recycle the tank before any planting but get some trim-up from the big tank so I plant some in there. The bio-media was submerged in the big tank for two weeks for cultivating bacteria. Hope this helps the cycle process.


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