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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 07-25-2015, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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90 Gallon - Rescape - Helms Deep

Hi Guys,

I recently decided to do some rescaping and give my tank a different look. I was getting tired of the Iguwami style so I started to keep my eye out for some nice Manzanitan pieces. I finally found some at my LFS and started to brainstorm how i could rescape my tank. I was excited to add some extra height to the aquarium with the branches and also introduce tall stem plants. It's been a work in progress but finally starting to get there for me. Also, very excited about some Ludwigia Red I purchased from the man himself (Tom Barr) :P Those will arrive early this week and will be placed on the right side where the blyxa is currently. Let me know what you guys think? I'm open to suggestions, feedback, criticism, etc. You may notice that ball of moss in the mesh net. It's subwassertang and hopefully I can get it to grow nice and full. Also, I was thinking about adding some christmas moss or flame moss to the branches and tying them down. Not sure yet on that though, I don't like the look of the manzanitan branches when they are overwhelmed with moss.
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*pity comment*

Really dig the hardscape / HC combo. Do you plan to pack it with stems in the background?

How much of a pain is that HC to maintain? Is it rooted nicely?


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Hey don't feel bad, all the comments on my journal are ME! I don't mind, the journal is more for my benefit than anything, it helps me keep track of my progress in my tank.

Your tank looks very nice! Though I'm sure, you already have this plan, but a little color could go a long way for it, reds help against a lot of green. But overall it looks like a very lush and happy tank a few mosses on those branches could be a good idea but as you stated, don't go overboard or it could overwhelm the main eye piece in the tank.

Keep going and keep us updated!


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Thanks a lot Goomie, yeah you are right, it is more of a progress and journal more than anything. Nice tanks too by the way!

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LOVE the 90g tank size!!! one of my FAV tanks!

I really like the overall layout, but the branches are just a bit to cluttered for me. BUT with that being said when the stems get going and a bit of subwassertang or moss hear or there they could look awesome!!! I also very much agree with you about too much moss on Manzy branches! I like the sparse look as well! Usually much more natural.

I REALLY LOVE the Pearl Gouramies too!!! I have LOVED them since I was a kid! I haven't kept them for a very long time, but I might have to change that soon! I just can't ever find any good stock when I actually have a tank they could go in! The fish at the Big Box Stores, at least locally are usually in very bad shape, and the one time the LFS got some in and were in awesome shape the stupid painted glass fish in the tank next to them had red and bloody streaks on their bodies and fin bases!!! Since the fish there share a common filter system I WAS NOT going to take a chance!!!

Is that a breeding pair? It looks like you have Neons in there as well. Is the Red/Yellow fish a Plattie? It looks like a High Fin with some serious color! I like platties as well, but I am really a Sword Tail Man truth be known , at least between the two! Heck IF I could afford it and keep up with it I would have 25-40 aquariums!!!

Anyway I am really diging the rescape, and I bet the branches will settle out when it grows in some!!! The rocks and foreground are awesome!!! Can't wait to see the Lud Red in there too!!! A Pop of red will make this Gem Shine!!!

Keep up the GREAT WORK!
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Thanks a lot Drew, really appreciate the kind words.

I hear you on the wood and I'm hoping some moss strategically attached to some of the branches will get it to take on a different look.

Yes those are some pearl gourmies and I'm pretty sure they are a breeding pair. I did my best to pick out a male and female. No babies yet though!

There are neons, rummys, juli corys, 2 dennison barbs, 1 BN Pleco, 10 large amano shrimp, 1 platy (test to see if they eat algae), and 8 otto's.

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Update 08/17

New plants, moss, rescaped a bit!
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Looking good! That's a beautiful tank in and of itself as well
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Thank you bk, really appreciate it!

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Took a quick vid of the tank the other night:

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Great looking tank Mikey! My wife isn't going to be so happy though. haha. I've been debating on a similar look in my tank, using rocks of some sort as a border for stems to sit behind as I've seen some nice tanks with that layout. Yours is just the icing on the cake now. Looks like I won't get work done today here since I'll be surfing for new rocks.

Love seiryu like you have, but they turned my water into liquid concrete and a lot of my plants had trouble growing. Need to find some other nice rocks to use instead. Pondering black lava rock since I have some already.

In any event, looks great and will look even better with a few trims to get the stems bushier in the back.

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