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Newbie to forum and planted tanks here's my 45g corner....

Hello all,
This is my first endeavor into planted tanks. I have had several other aquariums in the past but never live planted ones. Thanks to all the contributors here on this site, I have finally pulled the trigger and set up my aquarium. Here are the details....I'd appreciate any feedback or suggestions you might have.

Tank

45 gallon corner (pentagon) acrylic
Dims 24 1/2 x 24 /12 x 7 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 24 deep

Lighting

1 24" Marineland Double Brite LED fixture with moonlighting
1 18" T8 Philips Plant/Aquarium light (410 lumens)

Equipment

Eheim 2215 with upgraded intake and spraybar kit
200 watt Whisper Heater

Substrate

80lbs ECO Complete
9 lbs lace rock
1 big piece of driftwood

Parameters

Temp - 77
pH - 7.6
GH - 6 - 11
KH - 6 - 11
Ammonia - 0 ppm
Nitrite - 0 ppm
Nitrate - 5 ppm

Ferts

RootMedic Complete tucked in the substrate

Plants

Sagitaria Subulata
Aponogeton Longiplumosus
Brazilian Pennywort
Valisinaria
Red Tiger Lilly
Java Moss

Inhabitants

7 Guppies (plus two babies)
10 Neon Tetras
1 Albino Bushnose Plecostomus
5 Amano Shrimp

This is not a planted tank friendly set up due to it's odd shape and depth. It's a bit challenging to scape because you have to consider the additional viewing angles plus the depth is a hard reach to get to the substrate. The opening at the top isn't all that helpful being just a slot measuring 5" x 24". I won't be re-scaping often and I'm keeping this low-tech so as to avoid having to do a lot of trimming and tinkering. So, no CO2 on this tank. So far I am just doing about a 30% water change weekly and daily feeding....pretty easy overall and I am already seeing some growth in the plants and the sagitaria subulata is off and running.

A few things I'll be adding over the coming months, Hydor inline heater (don't like seeing the one I've got on the back wall), a few kuhlii loaches, a trio of GBRs, a few smooth rocks (for egg laying) and I might try some micro sword inthe foreground and possibly some red root floater on the surface.

Here are a few pics.

Full set up


Front view


Right side view


Left side view


Moonlight view (this is a 5 second exposure)
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I like the shape of the tank.Fits perfect.I like more natural looking stone.The coral/limestone lookin rocks look like they belong in a salt tank.I have a box of those sittin in my basement,not the tank.What is the plant tied to the driftwood,its looks good.
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i like the setup especially with the moonlight view well done nice job

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Super hypo tangerine baldy carrot tail leopard gecko ''Moon''
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I always loved the look the moonlights give... never really invested any money into, maybe its time..

good looking tank and welcome TPT


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Some smooth river cobbles will work nicely if you want to replace the rocks, but it's your choice. Seachem's flourish comprehensive liquid fert will be a big bonus in the plant health. Is the other plant in your foreground a crypt species? The tank will look great when it's filled in. GBRs tend to like the pair thing rather than the trio. Getting four young ones and letting them grow up together will ensure you one good pair at least. Welcome to the forum.

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cant wait to see this fill in i would also change the rocks as suggested above

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1 Bearded Dragon ''Spyro''
Normal Leopard Gecko ''Shadow''
Super hypo tangerine baldy carrot tail leopard gecko ''Moon''
2 whites tree frogs ''Ying and Yang''
1 Royal Python ''Neptune''
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This is just a very nice tank. The actual tank itself is so nice. I'd maybe change out the rocks as suggested above. Move the driftwood offcenter and maybe put a plant or two behind the DW so it will stand out against the dark background.


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Thanks for the feedback all. I forgot to add the anubias that is mounted on the driftwood and there is some crypticoryne wendtii in the foreground lining the rocks.
This tank has sat in my garage empty for about 5 years due to just being too busy (used to travel a lot and my then newborn kids).
The rock is from a previous cichlid tank that I once had set up. I think I will HAVE to change it out because I think it will make my water hard and up the pH. Any suggestions on a rock that is a bit grey or at least lighter than my substrate? I'd a like to maintain some contrast.
The driftwood piece is actually quite big and can't really fit anywhere else. Although I can change the orientation of how it is sitting to give the impression that it is not on center. If you look closely you can see part of a redish colored rock behind it......it's temporarily holding it down. Once it is completely water logged, I will re-adjust.
So much for not re-scaping.
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Some petrified wood would look good in your tank
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Contrary to others I like the look of the rocks.

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River cobbles. Go to any creek-bed or the beach and you'll find plenty.

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Looks good there! Welcome! I am new as well!

The moonlight idea has been weighing on my mind. I am going to be posting a question about photo cycles soon, because having a full schedule including moonlight is a very appealing idea to me. Good luck!
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