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macclellan's 30L - On the Run - "New" Tank "Journal"

So, I finally got some free time on my hands and redid my 30L...here's the old tank before the rescape:



I'm using all the same hardware (30L tank, 96w AHS light plus 30" Coralife NO T5, Rena XP3, Elite Mini Powerhead/co2 'reactor' and 100w stealth heater), so the tank is not really new.
Same substrate (mix of eco complete, pool filter sand and TMS sand) + about 15# more TMS.
New hardscape (lace rock).
Same fish: Pair of Keyholes, Trio of Blue Eyed Cichlid fry, Pair of Albino Bristle-Nose Plecos, lone old Otto, school of Serpae tetras.
Less plants. Now just three species...Echinodorus tennellus 'micro' is dominant, but also Echinodorus angustifolia 'vesuvius' and Eleocharis sp. (US species...thin like E. parvula, but grows to 12" or so...got it from AaronT awhile back..really rad plant).

Plants chosen for simplicity (less is more) and ease of maintenance (all runner plants = no trimming).

Just finished planting today, just need to let it grow in and pray that the slopes hold...the E. tennellus roots should develop quickly and prevent erosion... I'll update in a few weeks to show some growth. So, this won't be much of a journal in that updates will be infrequent...

Yes...the 'floating' rock on the right looks weird. That won't be visible when the tennellus grows in. I 'scaped with what it will look like in ~2 months in mind...i.e. with a 2" carpet everywhere...

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I love your tank, before and after the re-scape. When it grows in a bit more it will be beautiful... well, it looks beautiful right now!
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Not bad Mac. Not a fan of the lace, but thats a personal preference. Should be interesting at the two month mark.


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Great tank. Not sure which I like better, before or after. Ask me again in 2 months.


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Thanks folks!

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Not a fan of the lace, but thats a personal preference.
Do you mean in general, or these pieces in particular?
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O, sorry Mac, no in general. They can be nice, but the excessive nooks and crannies is very "busy" in my opinion. Like I said though, this is a personal feeling.

Curious how the E. angustifolia 'vesuvius' will look filled in. Its a neat looking plant, but I have yet to really see it "fit in" with the theme of a tank.


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I too am not typically a big fan of lace rock, but in this situation I think it will be really nice. I can tell that the scape itself won't be really busy, which leads me to believe that the heavily pitted rocks will provide a nice counterpoint to the simple, tranquil "soft-scape" that you've chosen. Very nice work - I'll be checking back often for updates!
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Curious how the E. angustifolia 'vesuvius' will look filled in. Its a neat looking plant, but I have yet to really see it "fit in" with the theme of a tank.
I agree. It's just like downoi and erios...doesn't fit in almost all the time. Hopefully this tank can be an exception. Having less plant sps. should help that I think.
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Looks cool man, I'm looking forward to seeing it grow in. I'm a fan of the way that middle plant grew in in the original incarnation.

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The tank turned out great! Can't wait for future updates.
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Looks pretty cool and I can kind of see your 2 month mindshot myself. It should come out pretty nice. Like gmccreedy, I'm curious to see how the 'vesuvius' plays out.
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I really like the lace rock. IN FACT I need one more. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

Just keeping on keeping on....


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Tank looks great Mac! I see where my E. Tennellus came from now.
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Looks great!

never thought of using lace rock...I like it
and once the rock gets a little "weathered" they won't "pop" so much


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Thanks for the comments... here's a roughly 1 month update. I must admit that it's nice to have a tank that requires no trimming or planting. I haven't put my hand inside once!

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