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Challenges for a big tank/how to aquascape a big tank

Hi,
I am thinking about upgrading my 100g to a 180g. I was wondering how does someone aquascape a big tank? Are there unique challenges with large tanks?
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biggest challenge I can think of is, can't reach the bottom of the tank! So carpet plant would be harder to maintain.


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I'm setting up my 62 gal Oceanic...55 just taller. I don't really want to set it up due to the lack of width front to back. I have plans to setup a 75 or 90 I guess this will give me a feel as to how the extra height will effect the ability to work on low foreground plants...I hadn't considered them that short and in saltwater tanks never had a problem with tanks until they got over 24" deep.

Your point might be worth considering with the really short stuff seen in planted tanks!
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I don't have long arms and have enough challenge already on my 100gallon. But eventually I want to setup a 400gallon 30" tall tank. Maybe short crypts are more suitable for foreground since they spread slower, lower maintanance.


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Looks like I'll have to use a chair to reach down into the tank, especially the back. It going to be ilke when I was in jr. high cleaning out my 18" tall 55 gallon.
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Are you going to plumb some automatic water change system? Otherwise, another challenge is you need to spend more time changing water Make sure you start with enough plants initially(that's a LOT for a big tank), to avoid algae issues during the initial phase, but that's not a problem if you join SFBAAPS and go to one of the plant swaps Higer utility bills is another challenge If you decide one of the fish is unsuitable, catching it is another challenge when your arm span can't cover the whole tank


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I am a big fan of wood, but finding the elusive piece that will fill it properly will take some searching, unless you want to spend a small fortune on a piece of wood. Then, unless you want to follow standard techniques and create the book look, throw some bigger plants in the forground, not too broad a leaf, but on one side, a thicker low plant, maybe something like Anubias lanceolata, or maybe something like red variety of Echinodorus, but they will grow larger, but unless you really want the traditional look, go a little different in my opionion. With that much space to work with, if you don't like it, you can change half a side of the tank around till you like it. And make sure there are some colors in there to add more depth.


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Given my tank is 24" deep I invested in a set of 18" scissors - they have come in very handy - expensive, but handy - but you cant take it with you
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thanks for all the tips and heads up! I cant wait until I start planting it!
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Ray, is it another acrylic tank? you know what I am thinkinng


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Given my tank is 24" deep I invested in a set of 18" scissors - they have come in very handy - expensive, but handy - but you cant take it with you
that's true, got a place to buy it online? but even more useful would be long tweezers for planting.


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I got the Toms tong device from bigalsonline . It has a scissor and claw attachment for the end. It works pretty well.
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