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Beautify Your HOB!!

So my have recently started my first planted tank. Mixed up some bomb @ss mineralized topsoil and got a 20gallon tall goin. So now that I finally have a tank full of beautiful plants, I can't help but notice the ugly HOB even more...

I have been working on converting and old Aquaclear 200(50) into a planted HOB. Lots of guys on the forum have done this and it usually looks awesome.

I swapped the pump impeller form a AQ20 HOB to decrease the flow through rate. Then I superglued some Malaysian driftwood I cut up to the front. Slows the flow more, looks cool, and will alow moss to grow on it.

Using a corse sponge from a marineland canister filter cut to fit on the top of filter media stack
Use the corse/more porous sponge as it allows more flow around roots, and I can root the plants right into it. All the mechanical filtration seems to be handled by the fluval edge prefilter sponge on the current filter, so I will fill the filter with bio max media only( with the sponge on top of course)

Got a small desk lamp from Walmart, using a 26w 6400k cfl spiral plant bulb. I will probably swap it with a smaller 5000k Cree LED bulb to save more power

Next step is adding stainless steel mesh to the waterfall to alow moss to cling to the slide part of the filter, then put some plants in it. Gunna try some of my bacopa when I trim it maybe, or I saw some dwarf four leaf clover at the LFS that could work nice. Probably get some weeping moss as it should give nice effect on the hanging wood.

The tank is in my basment where I work out, should really liven up the room! What do you think?? I'll get more pics up when I'm done planting it
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Found stainless steel mesh, just cut up a strainer from the dollar store, huntil it on an empty tank to give an idea
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That's a really cool idea. With plants it'll look great. Keep us updated.


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Standard 55 gallon club... We need one of those.
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Gheez, that IS really neat. I had a tough time looking at it from the top picture, but the second pic was something of an "AHA!" moment.

Then I had a hard time accepting that you actually found a piece of DW that actually had the perfect shape and contours, but it looks as though a few extra pieces were added separately to cover more of the HOB.

That's gonna look incredible!

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Ok the glue has been drying for about a day, so I threw some cycled bio media in under the new stuff and pruned a bit of bacopa monnieri to test out in there. I will pick up other plants and some moss in the next couple days. ( I put some plastic over the bacopa after the pic to help it acclimate to growing emersed, humidity in the basement is only about 25-30% in the winter got to love Manitoba...
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Fish eye view,You can just see the wood up at the back. Would look good with weeping moss hanging down back there.
How do I post a video? When the water level is below the wood it makes a soft waterfall feature. I'm thinking that my method could be modified to make an easy maintenance waterfall filter for a palladrium!! Hmmm.. Turn my 15gallon into a vampir crab habitat with an AQ 20 waterfall??
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What's up with the tea bag?


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Probably to add tannins, reduce pH and create a black water tank


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Oh geez! Its growing!!!haha jk found another good chunk of driftwood in the cutoffs. A lil super glue gel and now it's part of the HOB

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What's up with the tea bag?
Just google "rooibos tea aquarium", not actually "tea" and has no caffeine, just health boosting tanins. Hope combination of rooibos, and new driftwood buffering the ph a lil and triggers my black phantom tetra to spawn. But remember Rooibos doesn't lower ph, too much will actually bump it up.
Stuff is crazy, like a super mood relaxer for fish.
Seems to work like an ON switch for their Colors too. Alway made my fish happy in non planted tanks.
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Woke up to the bacopa trying to push up the plastic, guess it's liking it. Still a work in progress
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Ok the bacopa started to get melty to I ditched it, getting moss and plants on Friday. This would look good with just moss too, like its growing out of the filter. So far the superglued drift wood is holding.

Quick note: I bought ONE chunk of drift wood $8canadian, and cut it up into what you see, i looked through 8 differnt pet/fish stores to find a "good" peice. I did my best to try and make the peices look natural, like I left the filter in the water too long and something started growing around it.
It has helped reduce surface agitation , and diffused the flow of the filter. This would be helpful for anyone running an oversized filter that is causing to much turbulence in their tank.
I used a band saw, hammer and chisel, and a dremel to shape and cut the wood. Maylaysian drift wood is hard as rocks! Use caution when cutting awkwardly shaped hardwood.
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