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This is my first journal. Take it easy on me.

Sorry for the crappy pics. Lets get started.

Filtration:
CFS 700 (its on the other side of the wall..)

Lighting:
2x - Build my led.com black 36inch Dutch style --still gotta hang it

Heater:
None

Co2 diffusion:
20inch house filter


Fauna:
albino bristlenose x1 (will add more soon)
SAE(temporary)
Shrimp will come soon
schooling fish will come when im close to satisfied with the scape

Flora:
Everchanging ;)

Some of those crappy pics - rocks will be removed once wood is good to go

DAY 1 right after planting











I realize that this is planted tightly.. i did this because of the holidays and we always do christmas eve dinner so i want it fairly full.. some plants will be removed/thinned out.

There will also be ALOT of pruning on this tank.. Alot of topping and replanting the tops
 

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Superb mix of color with plants, love it! That is one of my goals...not to just have green plants. I'm working on a 40b also, couple months old now.

Great work!
 

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Great job Sean, using the dimmer with the BML's? That's a lot of light for a 40b, can't wait to see fill out, looks great bud.
 

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spssshhh... dimmer.. lol.. have it but no way im gonna use it.. maybe later when i get the apex controller..ive been using them for over a month now.. i like the amount of light i have..just need to raise it about 5inches to get better coverage in the front and rear
Great job Sean, using the dimmer with the BML's? That's a lot of light for a 40b, can't wait to see fill out, looks great bud.
 

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Nice to finally see a journal of one of your tanks Sean. I already knew that you are good at growing plants now it's time to see your scaping skills(no pressure:hihi:). What's the plant in the back right corner, L. arcuata? I will be following along to see the evolution.
 

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Yup thats arcuata.. just waiting on the stupid wood to stay put then I can pull them big ole rocks out and finish planting.... still trying to decide on what plant to use in the row where the rocks are... thought about cuphea but I think it does better with keeping its roots intact rather than topping and replanting...got a few weeks to think about it
 

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True! Rimless would of been better but it still super nice.
The stand make it pop even more!
 

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I'm diggin the layers sjb! Once that foreground fills in a littler more and you get some height on the stems, you are gonna have quite the scape. I like the driftwood branches mixed in though, It'll make for a unique scape that has a few aspects of dutch planting, but with a little natural pazzazz. (Yes I just used the word pazzazz).
Joshua
 

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Thanks guys

I liked how mr. Barr used his manzy for layers... im trying to keep it different but same concept

I may remove the browni red patch thats above the r. mexicana goais...I dont think its gonna look right after its filled in.. im not even sure if im gonna be able to get the goais a red enough color that I want

I can't use any large leaf plants in here so im limited on what I can use.

I do like the arcuata but its a fast grower and can get very bushy so my trimming on it will have to be trimmed correctly so itll look purty when everything else is in its prime...

I need to hoare about 20 or so more trithuria sp. and then it should fill in nicely
 

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not much to update.. removed some of the b.japonica because it was turning too red from the lights.. put b. sp japan its place... ill remove the rest of the b.japonica once i get some more plants to fill in..

trying to decide if i want to continue the blood vomit on around to where the b.japonica is now or if that will just be too much..

Im going to remove some of these plants and replace with smaller leafed plants... pantanal is probably gonna go..same with the r. mac variegated.. i think the L. sp Red is too big of a leaf but it has such a deep red color its hard not to use it

ohh also hung the leds.. now im not so afraid to bump them into the tank...plus i have better spread front to back.. ill remove the brackets in the spring and paint them black



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