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40 Gallon Long Rejuvenation

I thought I would try my hand at this and be part of the in crowd. The tank that I'm working on right now is a 40 Gallon Long (48 x 13 x 13, I believe). This tank had been set up for about two years before a brutal outbreak of BBA. At which point I decided to bleach it and start from scratch. So here goes.

This first picture is what I decided to do with the hardscape. Any thoughts are welcome.

http://community.webshots.com/myphot...ecurity=NnqcTo

Next is what happened when I actually filled it with water. Due to the bouyancyof the piece of driftwood, the petrified wood had to be added to keep it down.

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Not too much later, a friend of mine hooked me up with a whole crap load of V. dubyana and a few nice M. pteropus. I took me a good half hour to tie the stuff down, but I think it turned out alright.

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After placing it back in the tank, I rearranged the rock work a little bit and picked up 10 O. affinis and a dozen M. megalopterus (black phantom tetra).
This is how it stands today. I found I just lost 1 of the phantoms
unfortunately.

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I would love any comments anyone has to offer.

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Wow, great tank and effort! I like the driftwood but the pertrified wood is a little too big imo,but like you said its only there to keep the driftwood from floating..

Nice substrate also but get some more plants in there!

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This is a great start! I think the rock is competing with the wood a bit, but other than that I think this will grow out into a killer tank.
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I agree with hoffboy you should remove the rock... The wood looks great but i think you need some stem plants behind it! Wat fish do you have and wat specs does the tank have?


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The only problem I have with the rock is that it doesn't match the coloration of the sand--it doesn't appear that the sand is a product of sedimentation from the rocks that are there. I would get some stones that compliment the sand a bit more.

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thanks for the replies, everybody. Like I said in the first post, I don't like the rock too much myself, but I need something large enough to hold down that end of the wood. I was considering switching it with a pile of 'river rocks'. They are very rounded and look kind of like eggs, anyone know what I mean? As for the fish that I'm going to add, I'm bringing the pH down right now so that I can add five of my favorite fish. I have 5 sub adult altum angelfish that are waiting to hop in. Right now the pH of the tank they're going to be moved into is at 6.5, and I need it around 5. They will be the showcase and I'm not sure about what else. Here are some new pics.

Since I have a basically unlimited source of java moss, I get a lot every week and I decided to try some twigs from the yard. I gave them a thorough rinse in some hot water and then tied the moss on. I hope this stuff adheres pretty soon.

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I got a little impatient with the pH being around neutral so I messed with teh water chemistry. A little too much perhaps. I added a water softening pillow into the filter and the next day added a lot of granular peat, hence the brown water. I like the effect a lot and the fish seem to as well, unfortunately it's not that great for pictures. I also added a few rhizomes of Anubias in there, but they're kind of covered.

Let me knwo what everyone thinks.

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the specs:

40 Gallon Long, 48" X 13" X 13"
PC lighting, 110 watts.
Fluval 204, with granular peat
due to some hair algae I'm toying with the photoperiod now.
The plants will come in due time, I'm very skeptical about buying plants from my LFS because of the amount of algae in the tanks.
I actually used to work at one around where I live. here a few shots of the display tanks I did (again any criticism is welcome, they aren't up anymore, but I would still like to hear about them)

the first one is a 110 Gallon

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http://community.webshots.com/myphot...ecurity=boFHNg

and the other one is a 155 Gallon African Tank

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please excuse the horriffic photography, I couldn't get the lights off in the store.
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added a little bit of Didiplis diandra which is one of my personal favorites, and some Glossostigma. I sure hope the glosso takes root cause it was a royal pain in the butt separating all of those stems. I also added a little bit of Amazon frogbit (taxonimic name anyone?) and unfortunately some duckweed managed to sneak in.

I could use some help if anyone can give me some hints on getting that glosso to get going. I've planted the stuff before but I've never grown it successfully. Did I thin it out enough? The plant was a little taller than I would have liked, so with each stem I cut it in half and then planted the bottom and top half together. Any tips?

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Here's an updated shot with the diandra in the back right and the glosso in the foreground.

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UPDATE: Pics of the new inhabitants

Here a few pictures of the angels that I just put into my 40 long project. I had them previously in a 125 with 10 discus and a whole bunch of tetras, so I really didn't have a good idea of how large they actually were. Turns out they are way too big for this tank, I think. Let me know if you agree.

http://community.webshots.com/myphot...ecurity=AJqkCW

That picture isn't that great. I think they are about 7 or 8 inches from tip of the dorsal to tip of the anal. I'll try and get some better shots for a size comparison, but man are they stunning. Also does anyone know if there is anything you can do for these cataracts in their eyes?

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