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Well I have one that I got a while back for $15 and I instantly took the filter and light off. I made a cover out of some scrap wood my dad had in the garage and took apart an old 10 gallon hood and attached the lighting to the cover. It now has 2 13w 6500k cfls over it. Thing is I have no idea how to scape it lol. Anyone have any planted fluval chi?

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I had one for a while. Check out my signature for the link (I believe there's actually two different scapes in that thread I attempted). The height can be a bit challenging depending on what kind of plants you want to grow. Best of luck!

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I had one for a while. Check out my signature for the link (I believe there's actually two different scapes in that thread I attempted). The height can be a bit challenging depending on what kind of plants you want to grow. Best of luck!
Yeah that's what I'm noticing the height kills my creativity lol. Looked through your journals and you have such nice tanks.

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Also being a 16 year old kid and explaining to my parents why I need to buy a $30 stick is hard lol. So I end up scaping with lava rocks that I collect from my grandpa's farm lol. I can never quite get that nice scape

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Yeah that's what I'm noticing the height kills my creativity lol. Looked through your journals and you have such nice tanks.

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Haha, thanks. None of those are up and running anymore, though I'm working on a new 12 long tank... it takes a lot of time, patience, practice, and plenty of mistakes to become good with planted tanks or really anything for that matter (though compared to many, I'm not very good at this stuff).


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Also being a 16 year old kid and explaining to my parents why I need to buy a $30 stick is hard lol. So I end up scaping with lava rocks that I collect from my grandpa's farm lol. I can never quite get that nice scape

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Hey sometimes you've gotta work with what you have, no reason not to if it's something you enjoy and because you're still getting practice with layouts and scaping. I'm currently fortunate enough to have the funds to spare on this sort of thing (though I'm sure I spend more than I should), but not everyone is so fortunate (plus you're young so you'll get there, haha). There are plenty of fantastic scapes that can be made with the humble lava rock. And lava rock works great for attaching plants like buce, anubias, and moss. So even if you don't like the look of them, just cover them up with plants, haha. No need to spend tons of money on rocks and wood.
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That's great that you are using whats available to you. I ended up "permanently borrowing" some rocks from my community park. If you don't have one that you like from those, you can always glue some together to build them up. Keep it up and keep us posted!
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Grabbed some sag and wisteria clippings.

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Good choice. The wisteria (also called hygrophila difformis, assuming I spelled that right) will grow crazy in there. The stuffs a weed, so it'll help fill things in in no time. I've no experience with dwarf sag, but I don't think it's very difficult to keep alive. Keep up the good work!

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I'd love to have a pile of lava rock to pick from for my similarly shaped Marineland Portrait. Like Econde said you can glue them together. I know you've already got a layout going but do a Google search for "lava rock aquascape" and look at the pictures. There's some pretty amazing stuff.
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