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THE GEAR:

Lighting: Jalli 55 Watt fixture purchased from local aquarium store

Substrate: Amazonia Aquasoil

Co2: yet to be determined

Filtration: Working on it

Driftwood: Acquired from a dead bonsai tree.





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WOW! I'm already loving it. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
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Wow. Those are some nice lights! How much did you get them for?
Cant wait for you to start planting this baby!


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i got it for 100. I don't think the brand's very widely known.
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btw thx for the support so far! look forward to hearing more comments and beginning the planting process.
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I just noticed the turtle!
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HAHA just a little life before i get plants and fish in there :P
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the root piece is nice but I'm not sure what's going on with that kind of random twig sticking out.

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yeah i agree that's totally killing it. The thing is I want to find a thicker, similar piece with the same shape. not exactly the easiest task
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Cool! I like the bonzai tree, but i must agree with dollface and say i do not like the stick. It throws the size of the bonzai off. I just bought this tank also, and have been searching the forums to see what others have done to theirs. You are off to a great start!

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What I find helpful to do when faced with a lack of hardscape materials is to use plants to fill in the blanks or to hide any missing pieces.
Rather than try to find a matching branch for the area the twig now occupies, you could try to pick out a plant or plants to be put in it's stead.
Were it my tank, I would just use the main trunk and do away with the above-mentioned twig, the twigs at the base, and the slanting piece behind. I'd then place the driftwood on a slope in the back left corner with small jagged rocks accenting the root structure to give the effect of a dead tree in a mound of rocks on a hillside.
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I agree lose the twig the bonsai root looks awesome. Just slope your substrate a little more. You are like 2 miles away from Irwindale. there is some rock quarries were you can get nice rocks or head on over to Nature Aquarium in Santa Monica and pick up some nice seiryu or yamaya stone. nice light BTW I see alot of Jali products around here, similar to Finnex.

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Sick light. Its the same as mine, but mine is a smaller with less watts. 55 Watts is monster! Haha cant wait to see what it looks like.


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thanks for the input guys. yeah you know what the rock idea sounds like a good one. Cause i honestly dont think I can find any pieces that would go well with the bonsai tree. The hue of the brown and the texture are pretty unique. As for sloping the substrate, which way should i slant it? high to low, left to right?
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you add more depth to the scape by sloping low in the foreground and taller in the background.

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