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I have been looking forward to this for a long time and I can't tell you the amount of posts I read in anticipation of this day. I've finally convinced my wife to let me do a second tank! I wish I could do a 75 but can't get rid of my first tank; so they'll live together side by side.
 

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Ever since I started looing at planted tanks I new that was something right up my alley. After coming across sites like this and AGA and ADA I was hooked. Also a shout out to Dustins' fish tanks which was a great source of video and learning all about dirt!

That being said I had fun setting up my dirt operation and sifting all the crap out, not to mention letting it sit in water from my existing tank to try to build up bacteria.
 

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Also when setting up the tank I knew I wanted to mimic some images I had taken while on my honeymoon in Bora Bora. I thought it would be cool if I could make it mean something to me, and a challenge as well.

There were two things I wanted to accomplish, first was a mountain tat was ever present in the middle of the lagoon and second was a banyon tree that actually had ancient kings entombed inside of it.
 

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Step one to my hardscape was trying to find some rock that I liked. Went to all the LFS but didn't relly like anything. Eventually I found a stone yard in Long Island and went to town. I found a black stone with mica in it that looks great when wet. www.skyviewstone.com

Played around with it and I think I have a setup I can work with. Created some caves and once I get some moss or other plant on the stone should hide some of the crevices and even it out.
 

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that is going to come out nice! I would also go with some moss... probably some kind of fern - Windelov or needle and maybe some anubias or some dark colored crypts like crypt wentii red, bronze, or brown!
Thanks Bradley. Any suggestions for stuff I can attach to stones would be great. I ordered plants from aquariumplants.com but they didn't have any moss.
 

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Can't wait to see what you got from AP.com, you have a seller not to far from you in New York, if you look in the SnS for HouseofCards, he sells plants out of your area. I would think you have some good LFS up there too, yep he is near Brooklyn so you should see what he's got for sale.
 

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Has anyone had success with buying Manzanita online?
I got my wood from badcopfish(user on here) but you should also check out Tom barr(plant brain) he had tons of manzanita wood.

I'm in queens but originally from Brooklyn. Glad to see another new yorker gettin dirty! Lol...

Where in LI was that Rock yard? I would love to check it out. Need some rocks for my next project.
 

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I got my wood from badcopfish(user on here) but you should also check out Tom barr(plant brain) he had tons of manzanita wood.

I'm in queens but originally from Brooklyn. Glad to see another new yorker gettin dirty! Lol...

Where in LI was that Rock yard? I would love to check it out. Need some rocks for my next project.
Don't remember exactly where it was but the website is www.skyviewstone.com. Great place
 

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Ok so the act of planting the tank was soooo much harder then I thought it would be. I think I ordered way too many plants, newbie enthusiasm I guess. It was so hard trying to plant everything and trying to keep them from floating back up.
 
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