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Why thank you. It's been a long build but it's getting there.

I would think structurally it would be fine to eurobrace inside the rim, but I would ask a builder to confirm.

I see what you are getting at, but looking at the end seems on my tank, vs the eurobrace, I'm not sure it would look better set inside the rim. I suppose it's in the eye of the beholder though. I have the polished bevelled edge and it looks pretty decent.

You also don't really need the short side braces. It's mainly the length that needs the bracing. I got my guy to add the short pieces just to make it all uniform, but there is no silicone between the side and front/ back sections.



 

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Yea I can see that. tank still looks amazing, I am in the pre planning stages for a 90 gallon tank. the more I look at probably going to do some corner bracing. in some form at least

What silicone did the builder use?


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Thats what I have heard for anything over about 40 gallons. I may be picking your brain later!

Oh, that was my other question, what's a coast to coast to overflow mean?

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Mine's not technically coast to coast. It's a peninsula style (as my builder informed me). I say whatever, haha.

Coast to coast is literally that... the overflow runs the entire length of the tank (hence why mine isn't one). Traditionally an overflow only skims from a small area, maybe 14" of surface skimming so coast to coast does a way better job.

About the SCS1200 on over 40 gallons, I just use it exclusively. It's readily available and it an adhesive, not a sealant and costs around $8 per tube. GE2 is a sealant. It's not designed to hold things together, is designed to make stuff stay out of whatever it's sealing, plain and simple.

Look at the data sheets and the tensile strengths. It's like comparing the adhesion strength of bubble gum to a screw.
 

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Mine's not technically coast to coast. It's a peninsula style (as my builder informed me). I say whatever, haha.

Coast to coast is literally that... the overflow runs the entire length of the tank (hence why mine isn't one). Traditionally an overflow only skims from a small area, maybe 14" of surface skimming so coast to coast does a way better job.

About the SCS1200 on over 40 gallons, I just use it exclusively. It's readily available and it an adhesive, not a sealant and costs around $8 per tube. GE2 is a sealant. It's not designed to hold things together, is designed to make stuff stay out of whatever it's sealing, plain and simple.

Look at the data sheets and the tensile strengths. It's like comparing the adhesion strength of bubble gum to a screw.
ok that makes sense on the overflow!

Shoot for that price Yea why not use it on everything! I still have lots of planning and saving before my project is underway but can't wait!

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So the tank was hurting after my vacation. Put off working on if for another week and finally went at it yesterday. I pulled most of the plants that weren't doing well as I have clippings in my other tank that I can use in the future. I hacked back and changed around the left side and pulled the P. helferi. I added some anubias on the rocks to soften them a bit. Overall I think it will look better. The right side is up next but I'm still considering what I want to do. The bolbitis and narrow leaf java is coming in nicely now.

Found some BBA on some branches and plants. I think it's due to the tank being so overgrown that the co2 levels were decreased quite a bit. I'll note the growth over the next few days (it should stop with co2 returned to normal) and spot dose some peroxide.

I've also had good results with the premixed ferts; no mold or anything after four weeks (The stock mix is about 7% excel) so I doubled up this time and made eight weeks worth.



 

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Hey Justin- I've gotta admit I'm jealous. Your tank still looks gorgeous even if it's been neglected!
 

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Thanks Aaron. That's funny because I'm leaning towards a new scape similar to yours.

Here's an updated shot of the tank. Sorry, just an iPhone pic.



Nothing much has changed and I've neglected the tank pretty badly for quite a while. It's in running mode, though my co2 has been spotty so I have some BBA. I keep letting the co2 tank run out and don't notice for a few days (negligence) or I forget to adjust the co2 rate (negligence) because I forgo trimming for weeks on end (negligence). Overall though, the aquarium does a good job of running itself. For a few months I've been doing maintenance once a week with the water changes. I pull out the floating leaf litter and clean the drain spouts, etc. Most of the plants are just tops because I wait so long between trimming that tops are all that's left to work with. Whoops.

I'm at the point where I'm over the stems for a bit as my life is changing somewhat and I want to move my focus elsewhere. I'm going to slowly change out most of the plants for more bolbitis and needle leaf java fern. I really do like the look of the tank even though it's not where I want it, but I'm not at a point where I feel like putting in the work to get it there. Instead I will move to a more jungle like look and clear out the oddball plants in the foreground. I might go with just the repens and hairgrass and add some more anubias above the rocks, but below the ferns. This setup should give me lots of time between trimming and there will be far less plant debris in the filters and such.

I would like to do a full rescape at some point to a central mound layout, an island of sorts with the ferns and a purely sand foreground. I'll likely remove the soil for that scape so there is no possibility of mixing. I like to have some Crypt. balansae in the background so I may add a pot of soil hidden in the mound. I would do this to my current layout but the soil will sneak from the mounds back into the foreground as only the rock wall is containing it now. And the wall is a bit leaky in spots. This is a ways off and I'm pretty much laying the foundation for my next scape.
 

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Yeah, most of the stems are long gone. I've been neglecting the tank for a few months (or more). It's pretty low maintenance so even though I've only been doing water changes things are going relatively well. I've had a BBA problem forever now but I need to do more upkeep to solve it.

Mostly fern and crypts now. I need to do something for the foreground. It's pretty hurting right now, especially with the shade from the ferns. I'll post a pic soon, after the next water change. The tank looks completely different now.

The LEDs are looking okay. I never did get the reds to look great, but the greens look fine. I'm still loving the sunrise/ sunset feature.

I keep coming back to this jungle like style aquascape. It seems to be my thing. I have fun with the stem plants for a few months but I tire quickly of the pruning.

Here's the maintenance of this baby, and I won't exaggerate:

Every couple days:
- Feed some random food/ wafers
- Remove curious fish from the overflow. (I really need to add a guard)

Once per week:
- Remove plants that have floated up (mostly hairgrass) and dead leaves.
- 50% water change

Once per month:
- Refill autofeeder

Once every two months
- Refill liquid fert bottles

Once every three months:
- Refill/ swap co2 canister
- Vacuum out sump and rinse media
- Trim
- Sometimes I clean the glass if BBA is on it.
 

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Water is cloudy. Just tore out about 1/3 of the plants and cleaned the sump. CO2 has been empty for months, everything grew out at the top of the tank and choked out the foreground. Looks a little better now with everything cut back. I also moved the bolbitis from the top to under the java fern.

I need something easy for the foreground. Maybe some parva but it grows painfully slowly.

 

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S. repens is pretty easy and fairly slow growing (but nothing like the slowness of C. parva).
 
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