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Gomer's 40g ADA-ish journal

In the tradition of good journals, lets start from the beginning:

First comes the tank. This is a 3/8" Cast Cell Acrylic tank custom made. The stand too is custom made and is made of mahagony. Both were made by www.socalcreations.com The tank ran $260 and the stand (with nifty hinging and dual shelves) ran $480. Delivery was a tiny $30 right to my door.



First goes the Power Sand Special. It was quite odd when I poured it out. It looks black and dirty and looks to have a fair amount of peat in there.



Next goes the Amazonia Aquasoil. I really like the color. You can crush it in your hand if you try, but I think it will be ok with normal use long term. Strangely there were bits of twigs and wood chips etc in the mix. Not sure if that is intentional or not.




Here is the layout I decided to use after some fiddling around. The wood is manzanita for the curious.



..and with plants. This is within hours of filling up the tank so it is a bit hazy. The water is a bit brown cause I forgot to clean out the filter after tearing down the previous tank (filter was on when removing lots of stuff and hence got mucked up). Overall, I am quite happy with it. I will move a couple things a little bit though. Give a couple months and it will take on a whole new shape! For those taking count, the plants are: HC, petite nana, marbled nana, blyxa japonica, weeping moss, narrow leaf fern, bobitus, rotala sp. vietnam. This tank is intended to be a low maint tank relative to my supercharged tanks I have done in the past.

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UPDATE: 040705
Water is a little brownish since I have yet to do a WC (tomorrow). I am noticing very good HC growth. I experienced some stunting/burned tips on the rotala. Not sure what is the cause of it, but it is recovering now. The rest of the plants ..well..they are slow growers, so it is hard to judge week to week LOL


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Like I said on APC, nice tank
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Wow Gomer - that is going to be STUNNING!!! Keep the pictures coming!

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Lovely! I'm green.

What are your fauna plans, if any?
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NICE! where did you get the setup for the light and what kind of light is it?
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Interesting layout there, Gomer. Gonna be interesting as the Rotala sp. vietnam grows out (BTW, let me know if you have some spare bits of this floating around ). I wanna see what you do with the layout...I envision some movement and removal of some of the plants as time passes (even w/the manzanita). Also, no moss?

Looking forward to updates as it grows in.

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Very promising lay-out !

Good use of plants and wood. Nice job.

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Very promising lay-out !

Good use of plants and wood. Nice job.

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I thought the same thing as Pjan! I'm getting smarter at this!!!!

Sorry for the emotional outburst there, Gomer... Really though - can't wait to watch this mature!

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Wow. Great use of the wood, and good positioning of plants. I can't wait to see it grow!

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hey

what kinda lighting are you using?

im into the simplistic style also...ill post my tanks up soon
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Tank is going to look awesome Can't wait for future pics!
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That is one hell of a setup. I love the color of the wood and the frameless open top design on the tank. Stunning!

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How comes shoppings so stupid, looks at all this stuff I haves, what do I do's with it.
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You could paint the power cord for the light strip white Gomer, would make it a bit less visible. Just a thought....


((also, what's HC stand for?))
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Gomer,

I did not know that "Manzanita" wood was suitable for aquarium usage.

I can get it here in a plant-decoration shop.

What are your experiences with this wood?

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Very nice! I want to see this mature too!

For people asking about the lights, I think its a tek light.. Dont quote me though. :tounge:


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