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If you had the chance to completely redo your tank would you do anything different?

Hi, in a couple of months Iím going to be doing a short move about 15 miles down the road from where I currently live. Iíll have to completely tear down both my 75-gallon planted tank and my 58-gallon cichlid tank for the move and I thought that Iíd use this opportunity to re-aquascape both the tanks.
Iím also trying to think of what else I should do given this opportunity to add or change almost anything. Iíve been thinking about adding an under gravel heater, more substrate, and some new rockwork but other then that I really canít think of anything else so I thought Iíd ask what you would do differently if you could completely redo your tank without spending more then a couple hundred dollars.

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I would not use Seachem Onyx Sand again.

The plants grow okay in it, but for a lot less money you get more Ecocomplete or ADA per kg, and which does the same or better job. The description of how much area a bag of Onyx can cover was also highly misleading. Divide what they claim by 2 or 3, which means you'll have to buy 2 or 3 times more than you think you'd need. Like I had to.

And then it's an ugly, light gray eyesore like a dry bitumen road (which I couldn't see before I pulled up all my hairgrass).

And finally, all my Sterbae Cories have lost their whiskers on its sharp edges. Definitely not Cory friendly substrate.

I don't like it at all. The only reason I still have it in there is because it cost so much (for so little of it) and by removing it, I'd be admitting I was a fool for buying it and I don't want to be doing that!
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1. I would wash my flourite better
2. I would get pressurized co2 right from the beginning
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I would get a very, very large tank, use ADA soil, and install pendant lighting.
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If I could redo my 100 gal tank...

I would not use an undergravel heater!!!

Talk about wasted money.

I will never wash substrate again, except for the very top layer. "Dust" moves down in the substrate if you 1) remove as much water as possible after adding the new substrate and then 2) add water slowly to the new tank. Really slowly. Like dripping over a couple of hours. A little faster once there are a few inches of water in the tank.


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Never wash gravel again thats fine but my flourite makes the water cloudy now if i re-arrange it would be a friggin mud puddle if i didnt.
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Get a bigger tank to begin with! I curse the narrowness of the 55 every time I do any plant re-arranging in there. The only reason I'd tear this one down in the foreseeable future will be to put a 125 in its place. And then the husband figure can have the 55 to put his beloved "diving sea dog" in .

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bigger tank, start with flourite, get good lighting or reuse my t5's, cram it full with driftwood and twigs, few plants here and there, blackwater expert, BUNCHES of cardinals, cories and a school of wild discus.

even though im not moving i still want to do this. haha

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I was just thinking about this today. If I could do a complete redo I would do a Northeastern Biotope. I would collect all plants, hardscape, substrate, fish from my area.
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I would have got medicine to cure my collectoritus

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I would have bought a canister filter from the get-go.

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I would have held out for a somewhat bigger tank, and would never try a cork back wall again, especially one with Java Moss on it. And, I would go for the AH Supply light kit from the start.

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Well actually I am gonna completely redo the tank this summer!! I am gonna get a 75G, nice canopy stand an hood, re plumb the system, an put in soil master for substrate.
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Pretty much everything already mentioned, plus I would put all possible tanks in close proximity so they could share the same co2 cylinder. Oh yea, I'd buy a nice manifold, too.

I also really agree with the pendant lighting
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I would place some sort of divider from about 1/2 inch below the substrate all the way down to the bottom of the tank so that my hairgrass wouldn't send runners into the HC field. What runners did make it over the divider would be easy to remove without disturbing the substrate.

Also, as with all my tanks, I would start off with more plants.

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