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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-25-2011, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking about setting up a new tank.

Tank: Likely a GLA 60-L whenever they get them back in stock. Also a garden mat under it.
Filter: Eheim 2215 (already owned)
Lily pipes: Best bang for my buck? Definitely these.
CO2: Paintball CO2 diffused by a glass ceramic diffuser under my intake (already owned)
Heater: Hydor 200W ETH in-line (already owned)
Substrate: Aquasoil Amazonia + Power Sand + additives (Penac P&W, Bacter 100, Clear Super 100 if I can buy enough for a new setup off of a member...none if I can't)
Stand: Gonna build one if I can find some blueprints!
Ferts: EI Dosing.
Lighting: Probably this.
Livestock: Otocinclus, maybe some Amano shrimp, dwarf/preferably pygmy corys and a school of Neon/Green Neon Tetras or any other similarly sized schooling fish.
Plants/scape: HC for sure....and this is where you guys come in.

I can't decide on the scape! I know for sure I want to use a carpet of HC but I don't know if I want to do something Iwagumi style, or if I want to do something with wood....or what. I was thinking maybe having the carpet in the front and some stems in the back...but I'm not really that good at visualizing something that I've never owned or used. I was thinking Ludwigia Pantanal or some other leafy plant I could use along the back to give it a nice bit of color and height in the back. I'd love to hear anything you guys have in mind or any pictures you'd like to post. The budget I had in mind is $250~$300, so feel free to post any alternatives to the equipment I've listed if it would save me some cash. Thanks again, folks.
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WHEW! that's a big request! so many directions to go in.... I think the equipment list looks good, check the Shrimp Lab under power sellers - she's got glass and acrylic lily pipes at very nice prices and much more local then your link. I think the best I can help with is two suggestions: youtube - I drift around there from time to time and from planted tank to planted tank - great inspiration as well as you will find AMAZING tanks here as well. I found that I was drawn to stone at 1st - then realized I had to have wood as well (another excuse for another tank) I know its a tough decision, Good luck and keep us posted on what you find and decide to do!


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WHEW! that's a big request! so many directions to go in.... I think the equipment list looks good, check the Shrimp Lab under power sellers - she's got glass and acrylic lily pipes at very nice prices and much more local then your link. I think the best I can help with is two suggestions: youtube - I drift around there from time to time and from planted tank to planted tank - great inspiration as well as you will find AMAZING tanks here as well. I found that I was drawn to stone at 1st - then realized I had to have wood as well (another excuse for another tank) I know its a tough decision, Good luck and keep us posted on what you find and decide to do!
Thanks for the response. It isn't ALL necessarily a request, mainly just the scape. I'm not asking someone else to do my shopping for me, haha. You're very right about YouTube and our fellow forum users in terms of inspiration. I have quite a few tanks I'd love to replicate but I didn't want to copy someone else's work...you know? I was actually thinking about a moss-covered piece of driftwood and the HC carpet...but I'm not sure how that would look. It seems alright in my mind, though.
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I bet it would look great! there are some great pieces of wood in the SNS right now as well. I bought a bunch of sticks off the SNS, add a handful of zip ties, a hand saw and ended up with a great wood centerpiece (IMO, lol) I would not worry about copying someones tank - I have done that with each tank i set up but when it was done, it was my own tank due to plants/wood and such being so varied - think of it more as inspiration

I say start in that direction - once you get there you'll know if you want to add more and with your set up you'll be able to do just about anything you want.


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I bet it would look great! there are some great pieces of wood in the SNS right now as well. I bought a bunch of sticks off the SNS, add a handful of zip ties, a hand saw and ended up with a great wood centerpiece (IMO, lol) I would not worry about copying someones tank - I have done that with each tank i set up but when it was done, it was my own tank due to plants/wood and such being so varied - think of it more as inspiration

I say start in that direction - once you get there you'll know if you want to add more and with your set up you'll be able to do just about anything you want.
Yeah, I talked it over with my gf last night and even let her pick out a few pieces of manzanita she liked and tried to describe the scape I had in mind to her. She seemed to like it, but I'm still not sure if I want to go rocks or wood...I love the way that rock formations + the right plants make a tank look spectacular, but I also love the way that the right piece of wood and plants around that wood make a tank look spectacular in the same respect.

My problem now: GLA won't have more tanks in for 4 weeks. Anyone know of any other companies aside from ADA that sell quality glass? The tank I was looking at was $80 before shipping (GLA 60-L).
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