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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-12-2019, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry if this is second post of this. I don’t think the photo fully uploaded with the first. My daughter is suggesting building up the rock more to one side to give it flow and directionality but I kinda like it how it is. I’m not sold on how I have it set up and open to suggestions. Manzanita is new and still floating a bit. Open to any comments, advice, suggestions, or recommendations. Thanks
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Welcome to TPT! It's hard to tell without the Manzanita in place. Once it's saturated and down it'll be way easier to critique. You may find you need to cut a few inches off the back end, or it may be perfect the way it is, etc.
From a function standpoint, I like to have enough space between hardscape and glass (front and sides at least) to comfortably get an algae scraper/ pad in there. May be a little tight on the right side glass. Another thing to consider is what kind of plants are you planning? Taller plants behind the rocks or rhizome plants attached to the hardscape or carpeting plants in the foreground, or all 3? Also, opinions vary of course, but I think having a solid color background (usually black) is one little thing that makes a big difference in most tanks. Good luck, I like the looks of the materials you're starting with

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Yes I am planning on having a good variety of all tall mid and foreground plants. I also changed the setup with the hardscape. Once the manzanita is soaked I will hide the cut end behind the rock. I think this setup is an improvement Click image for larger version

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And I plan to get some black something or other for the back
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How does it look if you flip the manzanita over in the new layout, so the branches are reaching towards the substrate?
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I tried it that way and liked it better like this but Iíll flip and send an updated pic

Flipped puts the thick end of the branch right up against the front of the tank because of the shape/bend and I worry that once I get plants on it it would black much of the view of the rest of the tank

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Ah, it's hard to see the 3D shape of the wood from the photos, I thought it was mostly in a plane ! Sounds like it makes better sense the way you had it, then.
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Some other angle. May help you see what I mean

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That is one really nice piece of Tanzania but, IMHO, it could make two awesome pieces. You would have a lot more options if you separated the two main branches. Also, having that cut portion so visible is not something that I like. It would be up to you but have a long look at it and see what you think.

Also, I personally dont like the one mound all concentrated look. In the end you and your daughter are the one's that have to look at it every day.
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So now I have some white “stuff” engulfing my manzanita branch. It’s not something I’ve seen before and not quite sure how to handle it?
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Its just a new wood thing, it goes away. FWIW an unused toothbrush is a cool tool for aquarium maintenance. Can hit it with that and siphon it out for quicker results. (or take it out and blast it with a garden hose)
Once its been in their for a while, you won't see the white stuff anymore

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Thanks for the info!
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So now I have some white ďstuffĒ engulfing my manzanita branch. Itís not something Iíve seen before and not quite sure how to handle it?
Just a harmless fungus that will cycle through in 4-6ish weeks. After that it should not show back up.



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Added some more rocks. Took some advice and broke the branch in two. Plants aren’t planted or where they will be yet. Thoughts on the layout?Click image for larger version

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