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Question How do YOU plant a TALL tank? - All suggestions welcome...

This isn't as easy as I thought it would be...



You can see the stand behind me.... so how the heck will I put in the plants once it is up on the stand? I can put them in now, and then put it onto the stand, but we are using Shultz Aquatic Plant Soil, and plants tend to float back out... then what will I do???

Something so expensive and addictive HAS to be illegal. I'm just waiting for the police to break down my door and confinscate my fish food.
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sorry, i can't your picture. You could always try using a step stool or something. You're going to have to worry about more than just the initial setup, every time you need to do trimmings, replantings, etc. you'll need to reach down there. Long tweezers help but sometimes you need your hands.

edit: okay now i see your picture! Holy cow! I think a step stool + long tweezers + removing a bunch of water will be needed. Or maybe get a hanging wire setup a la Mission Impossible going. good luck!
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Hummm... pic shows on mine. Try clicking:

http://family.cecolts.com/70g02.JPG

Trouble is... once I get it on the stand, I don't have any stool high enough to get me tipped back around and into the tank.

Something so expensive and addictive HAS to be illegal. I'm just waiting for the police to break down my door and confinscate my fish food.
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I use Hagen 600mm planting tongs for a lot of the planting in my 24" and 22" tall tanks when they're full. I also have 16" long hemostats and 12" long tweezers that I'll use for more delicate planting work (hair grass, HC, etc...) when the water level is lowered a bit.

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Oh, and I do have a step ladder so I can get high enough to reach the back of my 120g tank (24" deep). You may just need to go shopping for a taller one.

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The tongs soung pretty helpfull. I am also thinking of using plastic craft sheets (for needle-point) to push the horn-wort through and hold down the base. I have used it before to hold down clumps of java moss, but never tried it with horn-wort.

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You *could* keep it on the floor! hehe... but yeah, that's not the best idea for showcasing. I had my 30gl on the floor for a while, but just recently found a solid oak book case and put it on there... it's MUCH better now...

You could get a really sturdy desk and put it next to it... I used to have one I could stand on back when I was heavy...
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FYI, I can't see the pic becuase of the firewall here at work.
Depending on th amount of work, and where in the tank, I might use:
step stool,
I use 2 Tom's aquatic gardners (1 to hold plant, 1 to cover with substrate),
and lean over, and go shoulder deep for the more delicate work. Of course That means being careful not to get anti-persperant in the tank.

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watch this video.
it may help you.
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OK, now I can see the pic.

Wow, you need a snorkel.

Take a look at the aquatic gardners. I got 2 leave 1 with the scissors, and the other with the princers.

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Yup. Taller step stool, longer tweezers. I had the same issue with my 55; before I redid my hood into a flip style it effectively added about 5-6" to the height. I had to use a 3 step stepstool to get into it. I saw some sort of a marine-ready reef tank at a LFS that looked to be at least as tall as yours if not taller. Only thing I could think is that Reefers must not need to get to the bottoms of their tanks very often!

It will be awkward any way you look at it. Hopefully your stand will prove to be very sturdy because it's a very great temptation to lean on the edge of the tank as you work. Very alarming with mine as it's on a cheapie iron stand that tends to sway with much activity .

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watch this video.
it may help you.
LOL... don't see any vid, but eveything upside (right to left?) down makes me dizzy. I guess it is good practice.

My hubby said he could hold me by my feet and dunk me in.

Ahhh... see the vid now.... watching......... Wow... long vid. Pretty plants, but does it make more sense if you can understand what they are saying?

Something so expensive and addictive HAS to be illegal. I'm just waiting for the police to break down my door and confinscate my fish food.
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I saw a post referencing a robot that goes along cleaning the giant aquariums at some Aquarium.

Some robotics specialist here needs to create an aquascaping robot.

I can picture it now. It goes along the bottom planting little plugs of hair-grass where it is too thin, and trimming the ricca, and measuring the nutrients under the stem plants and it sticks a little root tab into the substrate of those areas that need it, and shooting a tiny concentraited stream of Excel onto BBA.......

LOL... now tell me you wouldn't shell out big bucks for one!

Something so expensive and addictive HAS to be illegal. I'm just waiting for the police to break down my door and confinscate my fish food.
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Nah, I actually enjoy the mainentance of my tanks. If I had a HUGE tank, like 1,000 gal or more, that might be a different story!

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A set of long tweezers is what you need. I use the one on the right there to plant foregrounds in my 24" tall tank.

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