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do to finding a bag of fish food open with ants all over the inside of my stand.. I'm moving the tank, and rescaping it. i found some interesting driftwood branches at dallas north aquarium.

this is how my tank currently looks.







used canopy,stand,and tank from LFS(the fish gallery). $150.00+ tax. tank became a leaker so it was replaced..
stank is 36 inches tall, and the canopy is 5.5 inches tall
tank is aqueon 55g 48x13x21
lighting is a coral-life retro fit kit. 2x96w ballast with dual day light 6,700/10,000 96w bulbs and using the reflector from a coral-life fixture.
substrate - soil master select.
filter- Hagen fluval 205 canister
heater some used 150 watt, was giving to me. it does it job.
fish - 5 ottos, x amount of cherry shrimp,35 rasobra hets., 20 rummy nose tetras.
plants, rotala rounilifia(SP?),and some plants that came out of tex gal's 125g.
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the reason for the change. I don't like how the inside of my tank looks it doesn't look natural......... plus the soil master select seems to be lacking in ertz. my power compacts well to much light in my opinion....

what will I be changing.
the aqua scape. plus i will be changing the substrate to ADA soil mixed with organic potting clay on the bottom with soil master select... the light will be changed from power compacts to t5 HO to save electricity, and me money. plus they won't heat up my tank water as much as the power compact bulbs have. (would rather pay 15-20 a bulb, then 60 to 80 a bulb.)
will also be changing the location of this tank in my room away from the window. also will be shorting the school of rasobras, and will trade them in for more rummy noses(I love how the rummy noses school very tighly together). oh I will also be adding presured c02 to the tank too.

now it's time to go drain, and drag some stuff in. :eek5::thumbsup: yep even at 1:30am i will play with my fish tanks.
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so I started the rescape this morning about 1:30am. here is the temp home for the fish. mixed with water from the 55g and new water.


here is the tank drained, EK YUCK! look at the algae on the front and back walls.


here's my little HELPER, that didn't even help me and I've been doing this all by my self.


and here is the driftwood I got from Dallas north aquariums.
 

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here is my inspiration, and why I chose to re-scape my tank.. to me my tank was missing stuff it didn't look natural.. here is a tank I feel in love with, that looked to me more my style and what i like in a planted tank.



here is my tank cleaned out no more algae.....(YAY LADY YAY! <----crank yankers)

AND here are a few aqua-scape's i was playing around with out side.



now with the black backing, I think I will keep the backing.



here is the fine scape.. with the tank in it's new place.

 

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What's the carpet plant in your inspiration tank? Looks nice

Is it trimmed dwarf HG?
HI you are correct, it's dwarf hairgrass that was trimmed down. if I remember right plant brain posted it. it's a ada 70 gallon with 1.5wpg (t5HO) with c02 and only took 3-4 months to look like that...:icon_eek: :)
 

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Cool, thx. Your tank looks good. Keep us updated. When are you going to throw plants in?

as soon as I go fill it up, and the water clears so i can see in the tank to plant it. :)

here is the start of laying down the potting clay( I think that is what chlorphil/ phil edwards had in his tank) along with the ada mix with soil master select on top.


not mind my ugly feet and here it is in the tank.
yep even at 6'1 I had to take the canopy off to touch the bottom of the tank. my stand is 36 inches tall.

and here it is all in plant and me starting to fill it with some water, and stop. don't know how long this tank will be cloudy... hopefully since I pulled the canister off, and have it running on a 15g with water out of the tank it will clear up and cycle fast.
 

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so yes it is dusty.


http://here is the plants in the temp home saying please put us back in are home.


I'm going to let it clear up a little more.. I will run out to pets mart/ pet smart? and get some stability and clearity... to help it along then I will plant. I need to find middle ground, and fore ground plants.
 
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