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Hey everyone, just redid my tank, added a lot more plants, it was pain in the @$$ dismantling the old tank but worth it. I just planted it the other day so I am waiting for it to grow in and for the plants to take root and stop coming out.. let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Here are the specs:

Tank: 50 gallons (39.5X 15X 19.5)

Substrate: Mineralized top soil capped with Fluval plant Stratum, and white sand

Lights: Hagen glo 2x T5 HO 39W bulbs at 6700K

Filtration: Rena XP2

Ferts: KNO3, KH2PO4, and Plantex CSM+B

Co2: pressurized system diffused with an inline Co2 atomizer at about 2BPS

Plants:
-Eleocharis parvula/ Dwarf hair grass
- Christmas moss
-Pogostemon stellatus 'Narrow Leaf'
-Limnophila aquatica
- Rotala wallichii 'Long Leaf'
-Hygrophila difformis
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Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosa Nervis'
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Ammania sp. 'Bonsai'
-Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green'
-Java fern
-also some other plants from my old tank that I do not currently know the names of

Fish: (Currently still in my other tank)
-2 angels
-2 plecos
-cory cats
-hatches
-giant danio
-Black Knife Ghost fish
- might add a school of neon's or something similar and cherry shrimp

Dismantling:
Liquid Fluid Wood Rectangle Gas


Putting in the substrates and decor
Wood Rectangle Art Display case Hardwood


Planting

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Filling:

Rectangle Art Plant Grass Glass




Done:

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i have been looking for a split idea
but i want to use blue sand to make it look like water
was planning to get plexiglass divider about an inch tall -front
and 2 -3 for back and put 1 inch black round rocks next to plaxiglass to hide it
to seperate both sides

thanks this is definitely the way for me to go now
tank looks good
 

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i have been looking for a split idea
but i want to use blue sand to make it look like water
was planning to get plexiglass divider about an inch tall -front
and 2 -3 for back and put 1 inch black round rocks next to plaxiglass to hide it
to seperate both sides

thanks this is definitely the way for me to go now
tank looks good
sounds pretty awesome, I have not seen the type of water effect you going for, I'm definitely interested to see it.
 

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Ok I added the fish from my old tank which consisted of: 2 angels, hatches, cory cats, 2 plecos, a black knife ghost fish, giant danio.

The angels (1 striped, 1 marble) - they have bred in the past, but so far I have not been successful in keeping the eggs alive past 3 days :( There is also hatches in the picture

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The black knife ghost fish, Its shy but I like it
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Salt and pepper cory cat

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In terms of the plants, I am still having trouble keeping some of them from floating up out of the substrate and it does get annoying. Also, some of the plants are still melting a bit, but i have noticed some new growth:

Limnophila aquatica is growing very well

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Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosa Nervis' has grown well and is now turning red ontop

Plant Terrestrial plant Grass Water Bird feeder



Overall the tank is doing well apart from the plants floating and some leaves still melting

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Still thinking of adding a school of neons and shrimp
 

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Okay so I have been letting the plants grow in and they have exploded in growth, except for the dwarf hair grass which is taking a long time to carpet. I also added 3 discus and a few more corys

before I trimmed the plants

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After the much needed trim

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been running into some algae issues (hair algae and spots on the glass) but nothing too bad
 

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REALLY NICE LOOKING SETUP!!!

The Angels and Discus are BEAUTIFUL! The Knife it cool to, but I just wish they didn't get soooo big! The LFS I used to work at had one and He was around 2-2.5' long! The Owner had him in a Custom Tank that was like a very long 55g, and the knife was soo cool to watch with the other fish and feed too! The tank was setup high in the tank rack, and the knife would give us a bath while feeding him pretty regularly! LOL

Keep up the great work on the tank!!!
Drew

P.S. Was that a rimmed tank at one time or always rimless?
 

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I've heard that knifes are pretty bad about jumping as well, add that to their size, and you might want to add a little more then just screen mesh. Not sure... I'm currently debating on getting a BGK for my 75. But all fish are going to be waiting for a while, as I want to grow out a good shrimp colony before adding any fishies.
 

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REALLY NICE LOOKING SETUP!!!

The Angels and Discus are BEAUTIFUL! The Knife it cool to, but I just wish they didn't get soooo big! The LFS I used to work at had one and He was around 2-2.5' long! The Owner had him in a Custom Tank that was like a very long 55g, and the knife was soo cool to watch with the other fish and feed too! The tank was setup high in the tank rack, and the knife would give us a bath while feeding him pretty regularly! LOL

Keep up the great work on the tank!!!
Drew

P.S. Was that a rimmed tank at one time or always rimless?
thank you, the tank has always been rim less
 

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I've heard that knifes are pretty bad about jumping as well, add that to their size, and you might want to add a little more then just screen mesh. Not sure... I'm currently debating on getting a BGK for my 75. But all fish are going to be waiting for a while, as I want to grow out a good shrimp colony before adding any fishies.

Really I never heard of BGK as jumpers, BGK are awesome and they grow very slowly
 

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So its been sometime since I updated this thread. Several changes have taken place in my aquarium. Big lesson learned, SAND PATHS ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP CLEAN (over the long term anyway). So i took out the sand path, added more Plant Stratum and a few new plants.

Current plant list:

-Eleocharis parvula/ Dwarf hair grass
- Christmas moss
-Pogostemon stellatus 'Narrow Leaf'
-Limnophila aquatica'
-Hygrophila difformis
- Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosa Nervis''
-Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green'
-Java fern
-ludwigia repens
-Blyxa japonica
- ALTERNANTHERA REINECKII

- Still using pressurized C02, 2x T5 HO and EI

-Still thinking of filling in the front area with either DHG or something

Water Plant Green Organism Rectangle



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