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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-01-2009, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hello fellow hobbyists/aquarists. This is my first post here and I just set up my new 30 gallon long yesterday so the timing works out well. The system includes a Tetra HOB 3-stage filter, 200W submersible heater and a 96W 50/50 PC light. The substrate is 1.5" Eco-complete underneath about 1" of natural river bed gravel. The rock caves are natural stone collected in Frederick, MD. I have a piece of local driftwood curing and hope to add that soon. All plants are artificial silk for now. Once I decide on inhabitants (leaning towards a Cichlid tank with some "Kribs") I may change to live plants. The ease of maintenance with the silk plants is very nice though. Here are a few pics... Comments welcomed!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-01-2009, 03:32 PM
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Not to sound like a jerk here, but until you get some live plants in there I would imagine you're not going to get much, if any sort of feedback...


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I am confused as to why you posted a thread here, since your plants are not real.
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Well... the layout with the fake plants isn't so bad. Now, if you could get similar live plants and put them in place, I think it'd be a nice tank. And then the expensive Eco-complete won't be going to waste.

Welcome anyway, hope you give real plants a try soon. A low-tech tank has the whole ease of maintenance thing going for it, and hey, you'll feel a lot more accomplished! Can't beat that.
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It's obvious you have an eye for aquascaping, but until you start using real plants:
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I'm looking for someone to get those silk plants to reproduce in the tank. I look forward to the photos when that happens.

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Welcome to TPT!

I think it's nice to post a Before pic. And since you're looking to plant the tank out soon, I think you've come to just the right place.





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