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29 Gallon - Lighthouse view

Today got my 29 gallon rescaped. 30l x 12w x 20h It has 2 hills. One is 6in h.

LIGHTS
Aqua-glo 20W 18000K 3H 2X
Life-glo 20W 6700K 3H 2X

PC 6,700k/10,000k 3H 1X

PLANTS

Java fern
Java moss
Anubias nana
Sagittaria subulata
Rotala roundiflolia
Bacopa carolina
Wisteria
Foxtail, common
Foxtail, frill
Star grass
Lilies

FAUNA
Which are in 10 gallon tanks waiting for their new home.
1 Male Betta, passive
4 Black Neon Tetra
4 Gold Danio, long finned
1 Zebra Danio
7 Neon Rainbows

SUBSTRATE[/B]
1st layer
Used Flourite and lava rock. Wire mesh put over it

2 nd layer

Reptile coconut

3 rd layer

Scotts top soil
Scotts Potting soil
Miracle grow Cactus soil
Organic charcoal
Pond Tabs
Calcium sulfate
Sodium Bicarb

Final layer

River sand
Seachem tabs

DOSING

Potassium sulfate 1 tsp weekly
Excel 2 ml weekly

1 st made the 6in high hill.
Made a box with mesh and put lava rocks in it. The little tupper ware dish is for clover which was not growing good in the previous set up. Now I can't find them.


2nd put
Put used Flourite and lava rock in. Put wire mesh over it. Then put Reptile coconut bark over the mesh. Hoping the bark will increase the Co2.


Then put the dirt over it and topped it with river sand


I will probably be taking the lilies out. The marbles in the valley are suppose to simulate water. May replace them with white gravel.
Please be gentle with critiquing. I did this with a head cold.

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Love the marbles! Sweee tank!
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Thanks!!

I was concerned that it was giving a ghetto look. My inspiration was a scape by Octopus. But I don't have the rock he has to simulate water
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Hilde,
Do you minerialize your soils before using in the tank? I'm working on a topsoil \ garden soil \ all purp sand subtrate this weekend. I'm apprenhensive using the garden soil as it has peat, and plant food. My garden soil would be comprable to the Scotts Potting minus the perlite. My topsoil is a fairly dark soil, I've been screening it for a few hours and have it down to a fine grade, however I'm not minerializing it via the wet \ dry rinse repeat method. Can you please describe your method for preparing your substrate.

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Do you mineralize your soils before using in the tank? I'm working on a topsoil \ garden soil \ all purp sand subtrate this weekend. I'm apprenhensive using the garden soil as it has peat, and plant food. I'm not minerialize it via the wet \ dry rinse repeat method. Can you please describe your method for preparing your substrate?
I didn't have the room to do the wet \ dry rinse repeat method. I put it in a 10 gallon tank. Poured water from a tank over it to moisten it and let it sit for a month. I think it worked for it got a very earthy smell.

The plant food may affect your fish. For many plant food additives contain uric acid. Perhaps if you cap it good and keep only hardy fish it will be okay.
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if your going to use soil just get a very generic or organic soil wet it no more then an inch deep of soil and then an inch of gravel/ porous sand over top plant and be happy!
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Don't you worry you might have too many organics under your top cap? I think you might be just waiting for anaerobic conditions to flourish...
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Don't you worry you might have too many organics under your top cap? I think you might be just waiting for anaerobic conditions to flourish...
All substrates are anaerobic including gravel. The mud that plants grow in, in nature, is also anaerobic. Plants deal with this by forcing small amounts of oxygen through the roots. This allows for aerobic types of good guy bacteria to grow around the roots. The plant's roots eventually make their way under the rocks and aerate the soil underneath.

The coconut substrate is 2in and the dirt is 2in under approx 1in dirt. Thus I don't think I will have any problems. Also will poke the dirt weekly to release gases.
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I moved the lily's. Was going to take the lilly's to an auction today but I have to stay home since I have a head cold. Next plan is to replace the big rocks with smaller rocks.

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Looks GREAT!
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Thanks a bunch!

I like the left side. The right side plants are too similar, thus it looks like a jungle. Back to school now so it has to stay as it is for a while.

I plan to take a piece of metal and put glue on it, then dust with glow powder and seal with aquarium silicone. Then put it under the marbles. Possibly do the same with the top of the lighthouse. For the background I am thinking of getting poster board and painting clouds on it and then dust glow powder over it and seal with glue.
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reminds me of a picture i took down in key west of this light house that poked through the tree tops. i think if u took the java ferns out, got the lily trained, and get the stems trained a bit more and let the windelov fill in more then u would have agreat looking tank. maybe at the base of the windelov to the "water" and by the lily put down a fissidens moss "lawn" this would look just perfect.

i think the fish are not a good choice to be honest.

my suggestions:
1 Male Betta, passivejust not a community fish or right for this tank
4 Black Neon Tetralil boring for my taste
4 Gold Danio, long finnedlook like shooting stars in the tank lol ir the light from the light house shinning everywhere
1 Zebra Danio
7 Neon Rainbowsto big for the tank


i would say that maybe a nice tight school like harlequin rasboras. with a few cories like aneus or peppers.

i hope u dont hate me now
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i think the fish are not a good choice to be honest.
my suggestions:
1 Male Betta, passivejust not a community fish or right for this tank
4 Black Neon Tetra boring for my taste
4 Gold Danio, long finned lol ir the light from the light house
1 Zebra Danio
7 Neon Rainbows to big for the tank
i hope u dont hate me now
I appreciate any comments. It is obvious I bought the fish impulsively. The Black Neons and 1 Zebra Danio I will be giving away. The Betta is a short life fish and deserves his stay for he doesn't bother the others. I won't be replacing him.

I am thinking the Foxtail, frill and Rotala roundiflolia need to be on the left side. The Foxtail green on the right by the Wisteria? Confused about comment on the Java fern for then you mention the Java fern windelov. In the 10 gallon tanks there are more anubias and java fern.
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the narrow leaf is just not right for this tank
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the narrow leaf is just not right for this tank
Which plant with narrow leafs? The big java fern? I thought the fern gave an illusion that the light house is sunken under water.
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