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TubaTime1010's 29g Bowfront (Updated 5/4/09)

The Beginning! First FTS: 4/20/09


The current inhabitants are:

1 Boraras Brigittae or "Chili Rasbora"
2 Microrasbora erythromicron or "Emerald Rasbora"

Plants include:

Ludwigia Repens
Micro Sword
Anubias Barteri "Coffeefolia"
Anubias Barteri "Petite"
Marble Queen Sword

Equipment includes:

RENA Filstar XP2
Red Sea Paintball Co2 System
Current USA Nova Extreme T5HOs 2x 6700k 1x 10,000k, 1x "Plant Grow"
Glass Co2 Diffuser
Cheap Red Sea Drop Checker

UPDATED: 5/4/09

Current FTS:


More Pictures along with any comments that I currently have about the status of the tank can be found in my later posts. (Though there aren't all that many yet!)

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Looking good!

FW - 36x24x20, Starphire, Rimless
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looks pretty good, what are your plans for a foregound?

Also you just just fill the tank up with the brigittae


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Plans for the foreground are

Right side: Anubias in driftwood holes and such.

Middle: Microsword if it grows out like I hope

Left: Moss on a flat rock...once I find a nice flat rock to replace that wood.

I really want to put something of a showpiece into this tank...I like micro fish...but they're going into my paludarium that is in progress. I want to put a small number of very cool non-micro fish in here...but micro FW fish is all I've ever known...so I really dont know where to go.
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I really like your scape. Nice driftwood and the tank will look so good once everything grows in.


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wow the driftwood setup in this tank is really cool. i love the way you used it to make little overhangs and caves. very nicely done. i would love to do something similar on something 6 or 7 feet long.
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what substrate are you using?
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For centerpiece fish that are a bit bigger, but not too big, some rams would look nice.
You could also go with some type of gourami/paradise fish or something of the sort, but I think rams would look better ( Or any type of dwarf cichlid, really).

Just a couple other reccomendations; Killifish, larger schooling tetras, livebearers (probably platties or swordtails)


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Looks great!

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how about adding some chocolate gouramis or a nice pair of samurai gouramis (sphaericthys vaillanti)
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The substrate is flourite black sand.
It looks a lot nicer than I expected and it didnt cloud the tank for more than a few hours. It actually clouded less than the regular flourite I used in my last tank and I even rinsed that. It does cloud quite a bit when I disturb it, but only when Im planting. The filter makes quick work of the dust. I think of it as "the good stuff" because usually (at least in my reef experience) the dust contains lots of micro nutrients and helpful things. (In reefs it's lots of microbial life)

I just realized I never posted an equipment list! I'll come back in just a few and get one up.
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So here is the equipment list!

29g Bowfront Tank
Black Flourite Sand
Rena Filstar XP2
Nova Extreme T5HO Fixture w/ 2x10000k and 2x 6700 on the way which will give me something to the tune of...3.3wpg (96watts total)
Red Sea Paintball Co2 set-up
Co2 Reactor/Dispersion method TBD


Oh. I added a Moss Ball and I split up the Micro Sword.


FTS
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i really have to say the way you have the wood setup with the uneven flourite substrate gives an awesome illusion of a chunk of sandy bottom river somewhere. i read and see all the time people building up their subtrate higher in the back with tall plants against the background for perspective.....for me that philosophy and approach just never gave me any sensation of depth. i have to say the perspective in your tank....especially considering the small size looks distant.....like on the other side of the driftwood as you peer through and under it....it just goes on forever, awesome depth of view. i think the flat but uneven substrate really enhances this. definatelly bookmarking this for future reference. very nice.
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i really have to say the way you have the wood setup with the uneven flourite substrate gives an awesome illusion of a chunk of sandy bottom river somewhere. i read and see all the time people building up their subtrate higher in the back with tall plants against the background for perspective.....for me that philosophy and approach just never gave me any sensation of depth. i have to say the perspective in your tank....especially considering the small size looks distant.....like on the other side of the driftwood as you peer through and under it....it just goes on forever, awesome depth of view. i think the flat but uneven substrate really enhances this. definatelly bookmarking this for future reference. very nice.

Thanks for the compliments! I picked up all that wood at the LFS almost 6 months ago before I even had a tank to fit it. I find myself going in and just building hardscapes on the floor and if something really strikes me, I buy it even though I shouldnt lol. I've got 2 hardscapes ready to go in a closet right now
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Marimo ball, I love those things! Have a large order incoming to spread around all of my FW tanks

The wood arrangement is very nice.

FW - 36x24x20, Starphire, Rimless
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