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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-26-2013, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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need advice for a 46gal setup

So i am planning to redo my 46gal bowfront aquarium. I need some suggestions on plants and layout. I want to do a nature style setup that can also house tb shrimp. I just got a piece of manzanita that will go in the tank for sure. I want to have a tiger lotus if possible. Besides that i want a tank that has plants with very low fert. requirements. Of course moss, anubias and java fern come to mind but i need advice on some other variety and layout. The manzanita pictured below is about 32" long x 14" high. My tank is 36" long x 20" high. My light was meant for a high tech setup but i could cut the output in half by switching only two of the bulbs on at a time. Here is a list of my equipment. Thanks

46 gal bowfront
coralife 156w t5 light (4- 39w bulbs on two seperate cords)
pressurized co2 with ph controller
ada amazonia substrate
fluval g3 filter
substrate cable heating
9w uv steralizer

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I too have a 46 gallon bowfront, its marineland. here is a picture of my scape. I went for a more overgrown/jungle look which I find appealing for this particular tank. if you notice I used glass bowls inside the tank which helps with height and adding depth, and now that the crypts and swords inside the bowls are sending out shooters it helps to keep my plantlets contained. it is what it is, but I chose to leave the dead center as the open area for swimming, and this is where most of my tetras hang out. lots of stems in the back and large swords on the sides with dwarf sag and smaller crypts in the foreground I also have some moss balls for a different texture.





in more of its overgrown stage, it now looks like this....it looks darker because I have allowed the dwl to overgrow the surface



although I love it, I have purchased a nice branchy piece of driftwood like yours to add a focal point.

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Very nice. What are the reddish plants in the front left?
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um they were persicaria kawagoeanum...I have them now in the back because they got too tall in the front left. beautiful red plant though

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