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I've got an empty 3 foot aquarium sitting in my lounge and have no idea what to do with it. Needs to house a pair of BN's but apart from that, it can be anything. Getting a couple of new light tubes tomorrow so I can grow decent plants.

I like the idea of convexity. How would I create this? What should this tank be?


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What's "convexity" Sam?
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^ i think he's talking about a scape shaped like:



maybe i'm wrong... idk

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What are the dimensions on that tank? They look great.

While personally I'm a fan of dutch styles, I think it would look nice as an iwagumi. Or maybe a very colorful nature style with some nice spindly driftwood. So yeah, anything really. Boy I'm alot of help arn't I?

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I agree with Dollface, the an iwagumi setup would look good.

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The dimensions are 36"x12"x12" (90x30x30cm), thanks.

And yes, you're right oldpunk78, that is convexity. It looks super cool especially in these tanks:

http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.or...0&vol=1&id=147
http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.or...0&vol=1&id=206

Put in my pea gravel today, nothing fancy and bought two new light tubes (4000K daylight and BioLux) from a hobby hydroponics place. Going down to the local stream to get some rocks soon because all the LFS stocks is Schist. Plus I got some plae blue backing paper.

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Oh, an Island scape.

Wow, that's like the one style I wouldn't have thought of for this tank.

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How come Dollface? I think it'd go nicely.

Just collected four medium sized rocks. Was keen to get more but someone was getting suspicious. lol

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I quite like island scapes (they might actually be my favortie style). But I've always been partial to taller tanks for that kind of scape. I think the shorter tanks don't allow for as much room for plants.

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ahh... i bet you could get 2-3 islands in there. but they'd have to be pretty shallow. (like two on one side and one on the on other.)

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2-3?! I was thinking one. Anyways...

Put the rocks in and filled it up with water. Doesn't look like an island but hopefully the plants will fix that. Still running old tubes until the tank is cycled, then I'll add the plants a fish.


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push the rocks into the substrate.
vary the size of the rocks more (large, medium, small).
and use odd numbers, 1,3,5 rock. (makes the composition more dynamic)


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Those rocks have a really cool texture. I think that the one on the far left should be in the spot the kind of reddish one is in now, though. It looks a little out of place way off to the side.

I would also mound the gravel up around them, it should help with the Island look.

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Yeah, this tank needs ALOT of tweaking but hopefully the plants will hide the rocks. I pushed them into the gravel more but still can't get it quite right.

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I'm thinking of planting hairgrass at the back corners and having a nice glosso carpet in the front. Rotala and maybe Polysperma behind the rocks and Riccia tied to the rocks.

Will 60w/1.333w/L be enough for the above plants? Is that 3wpg?

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