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Should I tear this down or am I crazy?

How often do you guys re scape? Not talking just moving plants around, a full breakdown?

It's been 10 months with this setup and I'm pretty sure it's time to say goodbye.
The layout is something I'm proud of considering it was my first attempt at high light but I think I can take all I learned from it and make it better. More stability on the slopes, better hiding places for my apistos etc.









Heres a pic from when I let it go wild, baby apisto fry were everywhere and I wanted to be less invasive.

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It's usually possible to tear it all down and start over, doing it a lot better. Before you do that have some sort of plan on how you want the new scape to look. you may find that you actually want something with less rocks or driftwood or less species of plants. Often less is more.

I'd say that anyone that has been in this hobby any length of time has redone an aquascape quite a few times.
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woah, nice stand! Did you make it? Any DIY pics?


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i'm about 6 months into my current set up w/ my 125. which, doesn't look nearly as good as your tank. I'm already planning on redoing the tank entirely in the next few months. just trying to grow out some plants i have now, order some wood, and plan out what's next.

so i say go for it.


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heck no don't tear that beauty down!!

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woah, nice stand! Did you make it? Any DIY pics?
Thanks, glad you like it.
I don't have a separate DIY thread but I did post photos and talk about it here.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...stand+salvaged


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No..the blyxa are like that. After a while, the stems near the bottom would either melt or break off. You can trim off the bottom and add some weights to the bottom. It should stay put. Don't worry, Blyxa are stem plants.


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No..the blyxa are like that. After a while, the stems near the bottom would either melt or break off. You can trim off the bottom and add some weights to the bottom. It should stay put. Don't worry, Blyxa are stem plants.
I'm not re doing it because of the blyxa. I already have replanted it a dozen times. Though it does become invasive and gets huge, I'm considering not using much on my next scape.

I also found that hair grass entangles trimmings from the moss, fissiden and subwassertang really easily. The DHG carpet on the right side quickly became a mixed up disaster.
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tear it up!

one of the beautiful things about this hobby is that you can have a completely new tank in an afternoon of work using the same things differently.


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tear it up!

one of the beautiful things about this hobby is that you can have a completely new tank in an afternoon of work using the same things differently.

Depending if you are using dirt as substrates... You can move plants around but not the general, overall layout if you have a dirt tank....


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Well luckily I used aqua soil. Although stirring it up will require a bunch of water changes to take out ammonia . I'm moving the apistos, rummynose, ottos, Pygmy cories and cherry shrimp to a quarantine today. This is going to take more than a day. I have new plants coming in on Thursday for my 120 and a few new ones for this one. I think
I'm going to nuke the tank with peroxide once the fauna are out since BBA had been an ongoing battle the past few months.
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It is a beautiful setup and for a first off its fantastic. Before offering you an opinion I am going to set out some assumptions;
1) Your creative juices are flowing and if it isn't this tank you are going to work on it will be a new 2nd tank.
2) If you could or wanted to afford a 2nd tank then you wouldn't be asking whether to tear this one down or not.
On that basis then my opinion is go for it. I'm betting you can do even better too.
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I wouldnt, never seen blyxa grew that high
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Depending if you are using dirt as substrates... You can move plants around but not the general, overall layout if you have a dirt tank....
i'm not talking about just replanting but a total break down of the tank. a dirted tank may mean tossing out the dirt and cap substrate and replacing it with more. I've got a big plastic container in my shed full of mineralized soil, and play sand is cheap. Though I just use eco complete; it still stands to reason that I could redo a dirt tank in a day if I had the supplies.

If you're planning to redo the tank, you've also planned to have everything ready to do so.


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I usually just tear them down when I get bored or want a new layout (keep reading as why I don't just move stuff around). I've learned that power sand is pretty much useless for moving things around so my 20 is a long time coming for a replacement by a 60P. Mixed up substrate looks terrible.


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