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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-28-2016, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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New tank!

So... The Mrs and I went to the store today to get some heat lamp bulbs for her bearded dragon and to look at some nano tanks.

Ended up with the bulbs and a new 36g bow!!! Stoked to plant this thing!!!

What kind of scapes look good in this type of tank???

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The kind that are okay with falling down. That stand doesn't look structurally sound enough to support the tank when filled. Additionally, It doesn't hold all the tank's edges, which can lead to stress on the tank...which might lead to 36 gallons of water/substrate/whatever spilling on the floor...

So many fish to keep, not enough aquaria.
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Thanks for the insight... it has the matching base for it. It's sitting on a side table just to be sure that's where we wanted the tank since it's easier to move around than the bulky base. Rest assured it will be more than secure.

Since we've established it won't collapse under its own weight... Any suggestions of aquascaping this tank?
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I share your excitement, but you're saying "I just bought a new car, where can I drive it?"
Well where do you want to go?

Just to scratch the surface....Will it be high tech or low tech? Are you new to a planted tank or a seasoned vet? Did you get a light? What kind? What substrate will you use? Rocks, driftwood, both or none?
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I think I need to change my approach to the question... I'm not new, nor would I consider myself a guru at planted tanks, but somewhere in the middle. I primarily do low tech medium lighting, however have experience with high tech. I do not have a predisposition for this tank as far as setup.

What I'm looking for is some ideas about what types of aquascapes lend themselves more to this type of tank. Kind of how some look good in a cube/column, but not in a long... I will work out the materials based upon the appearance that looks right.

I hope that clarifies it a bit.
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Hmm...I don't really know anything about bowfront tanks, but I'm really imagining a dense stand of something tall and grassy (like vallisneria) in the back left corner, with something tall like a seiryuu stone opposing the plants approx 1/3 of the tank length away from the left side. And all surrounded by tall-ish carpet plants, something hedgy like P. helferi or S. repens, or even grassy-thick, like chain swords. So...basically a nature tank.

So many fish to keep, not enough aquaria.
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What does the room look like that it's going in. That would have an effect on any recommendation.
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I've always had a soft spot for bow front tanks. I can't really comment on what plants to use, but I've always liked tall hardscapes in the back with a gradual slope towards the centre/front. Maybe something like a canyon/valley in the centre that opens up into a field or bed of sand in bowed front of the tank? I hope I'm explaining myself properly, lol.

Instead of a scape that uses the length of the tank to build a focus, I'd lean more towards a scape that utilizes the bit of extra depth you get with a bow front.

Maybe something like this? (Search for '46 gallon lava rock scape' in the thread)
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Awesome, great input! The room has a modern theme, combined with natural aspects. I like the idea of utilizing the depth to really make it seem bigger and grander than it truly is.
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I really like the idea of tall and grassy, with a sloping scape from off center/rear to front. I went to the LFS and was disappointed with the rock selection, but found a beauty of a piece of driftwood. I think I found a scape to use as my inspiration ( https://goo.gl/images/Ci72DP ). As far as river rocks, I pretty much have anything I could ever want between 1-7 inches in size to use in conjunction with the driftwood. My work is surrounded by rock lined creeks.

Now... substrate, lighting, filtration, etc... Any suggestions?

I think as far as livestock, I'm going with an angelfish single species setup.
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For a twist, turn the bowfront tank around and view it from the flat side! This would work better with an inwall bow but could also work on the stand.

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That would be a good look and doesn't look to crazy to maintain.

That plant in the living room can be duplicated in the tank by using java fern on the top of driftwood as well.
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For a twist, turn the bowfront tank around and view it from the flat side! This would work better with an inwall bow but could also work on the stand.
This sounds interesting to me... Is there a benefit to turning it around?

I'm not sure how this would work, because parts of the back of the stand are open and there is shelving inside.

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