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Triv, that looks like 1" thick plywood as opposed to 3/4". I have to say, that is and impressive build thus far. The plumbing looks superb. Was the clamp on top of the tank when it was filled to keep it from bowing or was it because you didn't add enough brackets on top yet? What size is the thickness of the glass you used and finally how many coats did you use inside of he tank?

Sorry for all the questions but you have piqued my interest.

Once again Triv, very nice beginnings!

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looks GREAT keep up the good work
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Another non-CO2 option you might consider is using mineralized topsoil with pool filter sand on top, instead of the potting soil that el natural tanks use. You can make the mineralized topsoil per the sticky in the substrates forum, but where you live this might be a bad time of year to try it.

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Great start! I love DIY tanks, so much more original


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Since you have picked a low light setup you won't need to use CO2, and any fertilizing will be minimal, especially if you use the nutrient rich soil you are considering. Water changes are not even recommended for non-CO2 tanks, because each water change introduces more CO2, which soon drops back to near zero, and that fluctuation can trigger some algae to grow. In other words, you are on the right track for what you want to end up with.

The absolute best place to get aquatic plants is from local planted tank owners. I did a google search and found this: http://idahoaquariumclub.com/ Not too far from you, and they may have planted tank members. Clubs like that usually cost nothing or very little to join, and it gives you access to other members who want to get rid of their pruned off plants. There may be other similar clubs nearby, but that is one I found.

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You aroused my curiosity: there are 27 listed members from your state: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/memberlist.html

Not many compared to most states, but enough to possibly find plant cuttings.

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You can put a thread in the swap n shop forum, asking for plants from others in your state. I have had good luck asking for specific plants, so it does work.

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I personally would mineralize that soil. I've had el natural and mineralized and I can tell you that soil looks like it has a good chance of going anaerobic.

But if you're not going to mineralize, just put a thin layer of it under the substrate.


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Everything looks good from what I can tell nice job. If your worried about the topsoil and dont have enough time to mineralize it I have a suggestion for you. I have done this myself a few times with good results. The only difference was the soil I used was some I gathered from under a few beech trees. First I screened it to get all the chuncks out filled one 5 gallon bucket halph way with the soil and the rest water every night dump the excess water off and add new repeate this process for a few days. Then before you put it in the tank mix some of the extra gravel in so its not just mud and some fritted trace elements. Add about an inch and a halph of this mixture then cover with regular gravel. This is just a suggestion but this works much better for me that just pure soil under the gravel. Whatever you do I hope it works for you and wish you the best of luck with your project.
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I would be conservative and say 10 hours and then move up from there as needed. I am glad you found some plants! It looks great so far.

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If it is still cloudy, you can try polyfil (the pillow stuffing), rinse it, fluff it a bit and shoved it in your HOB for the first few days. It helps wonders. I actually use this stuff in my Ecco. I like the swords already.

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This tank is huge once you give a size reference of the angels! You are probably right about the sword being grown emmersed. Give it some time and you'll be very pleased with it's growth. How is the cloudy water doing?

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i really like it. I never even imagined you could make a tank with plywood. That seems like an economical way to get a large tank.

I really like the spiral drift wood!
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triv, the build on that tank is ill... i want to see it grown in, but wow, great build bro... im very impressed...
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