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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-30-2020, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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UNS 90L 21 Gallon Sophmore Effort

Hi Team. A quick primer on me. I started my first ever planted tank at the beginning of the year. I learned a lot in 6 months. It started off as an Iwagumi layout but morphed into a test bed of sorts. I lost like 20% of my carpet early on so I kinda abandoned the Iwagumi layout and started to grow whatever I could find locally.








The tank pictured is the UNS 90B. The 35" length is what initially attracted me to this particular size. However, it isn't very wide at 8" which I quickly found out is not ideal in creating an interesting layout where depth is concerned. Then I found the UNS 90L which is the same length but 12" wide instead. Much better!

I also had been eyeballing a certain stand from UNS for months and that's where we start my journal. I hope you guys don't mind all the pics!

Things started off shaky. I had ordered the stand from a company who shall remain nameless, who said it was in stock. This was about 2 months ago. A month went by and still no stand. At this point, I knew it was still on back order because every other company I contacted said so and the virus only delayed things more. Not sure why the company had to lie to me though. Long story short, got my refund and did a pre-order with Buceplant. A week later it arrived.








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As soon as the stand came back in stock so did the tank. Of course, I ordered the tank immediately but when it arrived my worst fear came true.



Uhhhhhhhh







Can't say enough good things about Buceplant though. I sent them the pictures they requested and they handled everything with FedEx and shipped out another tank almost instantly.

Good times!









Dimensions:
Length: 35.43"
Width: 11.81"
Height: 11.81"
Glass thickness: 8mm
Volume: 21 gallons
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The light I chose was the Twinstar 900S. It's a really beautiful light. I was pleasantly surprised about the gunmetal accents. From the pictures on the website the same areas appear to be black.









I've also been collecting hardscape during this time. I wanted to go a bit more bold so I looked for very large pieces. Shout out to Aquascaping Supply in Orlando. I'm in Jacksonville Florida but I make an effort to go down there once a month because their hardscape and plant selection is incredible. Its only a 2hr drive. Anyways, here's what I'm thinking for my layout. I'm on the fence about the tallest rock in the 3-rock bunch. I may remove that one but everything else feels good to me.









Please don't be dumb like me and put a shallow layer of substrate down or something to protect the glass. One of the big pieces fell down and my heart literally stopped. I was sure the tank cracked lol...but it didn't. So scary.

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Very good! The stand is very very nice and the tank as well, nice choice with the light as well... the hardscape mock up looks great!

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Great start! I'm really liking the hardscape. I recommend egg crates if your doing mock ups in the tank to protect the glass. it's pretty cheap and can be versatile if you end up wanting to use them to create levels once you add substrate.
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Drooling!!! The Natural UNS Stand is so nice and the Twinstar S series will let you grow anything. Make sure you get a programmable dimmer for the light! Oh, wait. You know that already... just realized you also have a twinstar on your 90B. Looking forward to seeing how the scape progresses!
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Thanks for the tips and kind words everybody!

I am using UNS Controsoil Black Normal granules as my base layer. I plan on topping this with Extra Fine granules before planting.

I think I have a better shot at steep slopes this time because of my hardscape. In my first tank, my slope pretty much collapsed as soon as water hit it.

The right and left rear slopes are comprised of small chunks of lava rock to help the slopes stay put. I apologize, I forgot to take pics of the lava rock.






This is a little experiment. Not sure if I'm keeping it this way yet. I still wanna conquer the full tank carpet and this would take away some real estate if I chose to go with this foreground. I know that I'm going with stems in the background but if I were to go with a complete carpet front to back I think this would probably look cool.



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Looking good! Where did you come across the "gravel"? I spent an hour with a masonry chisel and a hammer in the backyard trying to split up some of the seiryu stone I'd bought and hardly had a quarter of what you've got there.
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Move faster, please. I need to see this thing planted!

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