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Mike's 46 gal Bow-front

Hi guys! My wife and I finally set up my tank again!
I have a couple first day shots for you.


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Hi Mike. I love the rock placements. Looks very natural. I am new to planted aquariums so don't take this seriously, but are you going to take that plant, on the left, out of that pot? It throughs the natural look out the window. I am trying to grow glosso for a forground. Are you going to grow an forground plant of some sort? The Glosso is great just slow. I would recomend Mexican Oak Leaf to get things going. It is a super fast grower, and can be cut at the stem roots to multiply. Just some thought. Love the aquarium.
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Good tank Mike, although there are a few problems you'll have to solve. I would suggest you starting out with more plants and fast growers that which allows your tank to be balance and then you can start adding the plants you like.
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As for plants I took what the store had. They were nearing the end of a 2 for 1 sale and the plants were slim pickins.

As for the Java fern on the left, I need to find a another nice piece of drift wood to attach it too before i unwrap it.

And this is by no means a set in stone placement, its more of a "get the plants in the soil" placement.

Thanks for the kind words and any other suggestions are apprieciated.
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Nice to see a fellow 46g bf. Yeah my comment would be more plants, you can not have to many of them. What are your specs?

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specs are as follows.

Emperor 280 and Penguin 125.
approx. 2.5 inches of Profile
lighting is weak at 50 watts. a 30 watt daylight and a 20 watt GE plannt and aquarium. I am planning on eventually OD'ing the lights 2x.

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Well here is a photo of my tank this afternoon.



And here are some after I came back from Bruce's (Ironfin) house.






Thanks for the plants Bruce, they are awesome.


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Wow. How different plants can make a planted tank

That's a beautiful sword plant. I would take it out and plant it a little more in the back. These guys can grow... and you don't want to have to move them when they are a year or two in the substrate.

With all these plants you're on your way to a nice 'scape


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Hey Mike,

I was wrong that bucket of plants has not filled up your tank yet but they certainly make your tank look more natural. Looks like your fish like them too. Let see if you have enough light to help that Echinodorus x barthii stay red. Pic is good for baselining.

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What a difference!

Glad to see you got yourself some plants to get your tank going again.
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The tanks looks good, keep us posted and updated !

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wow! nice sword! you need to up your lighting asap. even 100 watts over a 46 will be low, and don't even try to grow glosso or whatever. I recommend getting an AH supply retrofit kit for your hood, maybe a 2X55 watt and a 36. that would put you in a good lighting situation.

I see you have buried your java fern. Don't! the rhizome will rot in the gravel and the plant will die. You need to attach it to rocks or driftwood like you did the first one.

Looking forward to see this tank progress. Good luck!

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I see you have buried your java fern. Don't! the rhizome will rot in the gravel and the plant will die. You need to attach it to rocks or driftwood like you did the first one.

Looking forward to see this tank progress. Good luck!
its only temporary, until I can find other piece of drift wood I like.

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Question. Where can I purchase an all glass top for my 46g bf? I have a 96w coralife but want to add a 30w but the tank still has the original plastic brown lid with only glass under the one strip light.

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