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Bought the tank during Petcos $1/Gal sale. I was going to buy a stand but decided to build one, and if it didn't work out, I would buy one. The stand worked out fine. Still should screw in two side supports but its solid.

I really wanted a canister, but had to stay within a budget, so I went with a Marineland 350 HOB. The light is a 24" Current USA Satellite LED Fixture with controllable blue/white dimmers. I should of went with a 36" but again I wasn't quite expecting to get back into planted tanks, and could probibly someday just buy a second one.

The driftwood was about 24$, I did go by every pond and lake in town first but just didn't find any I like, I don't know if Im going to keep the current layout permanent but I do like it. I know most if not all of the "bacteria in a bottle" doesn't work. But I got it for free so Im trying it.

I am still undecided on fish. I want fish with personality, like an Oscar, but realistically a 40g isn't big enough for one for long. I like rams, and am heading to a petshop out of town to see what they have, as the ones in and around my city suck for fish variety. I will be doing some sort of Co2 as the sand wont really do anything for the plants. Id love and tips/tricks/critiques





I have a few rounded rocks I may add to both front corners. That picture has the white led at 100% and blue at about 60%
 

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cool tank, however I do think you could do better on the scape with the wood you have. Not much of a scaper though, but maybe the experts have some tips. Any plans for the background? I have mine full black. Hides the cables and makes for a nice view.
 

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cool tank, however I do think you could do better on the scape with the wood you have. Not much of a scaper though, but maybe the experts have some tips. Any plans for the background? I have mine full black. Hides the cables and makes for a nice view.

Thanks yea im going black and am ofcorse open to ideas on the scape
 

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Thanks Ill def read it over a couple times, What do you guys think about red or green granite stones? They seem like they'd be a bit out of place, Im just not sure what to go with yet. I redid the driftwood a bit, rearranged some plants, cut the hairgrass into smaller clumps. Ill try to get a pic up when it clears up a bit, still would like some stones just unsure on the type.

Going with South American cichlids which makes water changes easy as my tap's PH is 6.4, on my second week of a fish less cycle ammonia's there just no conversion to nitrites yet.

Im going pretty low tech so I just picked up some flourish excel today, and have a few more chems to pick up next Friday.

My biggest limitation is the local petshops have terrible, TERRIBLE selections of freshwater plants and deal mostly in neons and mollys/clownfish and tangs...
 

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Tanks cycled, aside from the hairgrass the plants are doing amazing.

Still haven't gotten a background/rocks I picked up a second job so pretty limited on free time atm.

did pick up a couple rams, only been in the tank a couple days, still hide most of the time but they're exploring a bit more and eat well.





 

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I like the addition of the rocks. You should try and bury them partially in the sand, it would give it a more natural look. Especially some of the flatter ones.
Thanks Ill do that, I finally put on the black background, eats up alot of light :/

Bought a 3rd male gbr, doesn't really seem to be any real aggression, though its clear who the dominate one is, he really colored up I wish I could get a clear shot.

I already need to trim some plants, which is hardly a complaint!





The hair grass died off some, looks like what survived is starting to thrive though to hopefully itll do well.
 
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