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I have been diligently working over the past year to put together all of the components necessary to transition from my current 40G breeder over to a bigger, better, new, and improved 75G that will house my planted tank obsession. 馃尡馃悷

I think I have my driftwood placement ironed out, but am looking for opinions on what I have done with my layout so far.

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Many, many more pics to follow in the very near future!
 

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Note: the footprint of my tank (18" x 48") is indicated by the lines drawn onto the canvas in my previous photos. The canvas I was using as a template is actually much bigger (24" x 60") than the tank. So if you think the driftwood scape is too small for the footprint of the tank, remember that I am referencing within the marker lines on the canvas, and not the entire canvas as a whole.

A 75g should be plenty big for a few Roselines, no?
 

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Excellent hardscape. I see far to many rushed set-ups lately, you sir are taking the right steps to a pleasing design of rock and wood.

All of your stones are roughly the same size, you might like the look of a few larger ones thrown into the mix if you have access to some,

however I'm sure you are trying to leave plenty of space for your inhabitants to swim about!
 

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I really like your driftwood arrangement. The rocks work very well too, but I cannot help wondering if a few more piled higher or over a larger area might be even better.

It depends on what kind of planting you have in mind, personal taste, and experimentation. What a great start!
 

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The only thing that is set in stone so far is the driftwood placement.

I have access to a ton of different sized rocks and will be working on the rock placement tonight.
 

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This will be great for roselines. Can't see to well how far the branches come to the side of the tanks but leave a few inches between the limbs and the glass so they have room to fly around they will love chasing each other around it.

Do you have plans for a current in this? Or filtration yet?

And do you have the roselines already in another tank? My local pet'smarts have then 50% off until Nov. 25 so they are only $4.99. Might be a reason to get some more to expand your family!


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Definitely will have lots of crypts. So get that clay to me NOW!! Hahaha!!!!

I already have 8 Roselines ready to transplant once the tank is good and consistent w/ all readings. I will be using an Eheim 2217 and Odyssea 500 filter on it. Definitely CO2 injection. Not 100% on a plant list yet. Plants will definitely be on the opposite side of the tank as well. Heck, plants will be everywhere!!! Hahaha!!! Here's what I have in store for my Saturday night!

Out with the old 40G
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In w the new 75G
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stay tuned for more pics later tonight...
 

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Making tons of progress tonight.
Pulled the substrate from my old tank and mixed it w/ some new stuff. Kicked up the root feeding a notch w/ plenty of super secret clay mixture, some of hydrophyte's grosoil tabs, and my own hand-made substrate capsules as well.

I have the driftwood where I want it and am also pretty confident with the rockscape too. Marching on to the plants next. It is going to be a long (but fun and exciting of course) night!

Let me know what you think so far!

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Not too shabby, I will second the idea of having a variety of sizes of rock, even a variety of different thickness of branches. Have you explored tilting the branch on the very right side even further?
 

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I planted and flooded the tank last Saturday night. i have my CO2 up and running and will have week 1 of my EI dosing wrapped up later today.

I am starting to see an outbreak of diatoms and some crypt "melt" as they adjust to their new environment.

Also currently experiencing the new driftwood "fuzz". Cannot wait for this phase to be over!

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I have that "fuzz" on mine too, being it is only my first planted tank any idea how long till it clears up
It will eventually clear up on its own after a few weeks. Your fish, shrimp, snails will also clear it out too. If you want it gone now, you could always yank the driftwood, give it a good scrub w/ a toothbrush, and put it back in the tank. I prefer to just let it be and allow it to disappear naturally on its own as the tank matures.
 

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Moar plant pix!

Barclaya longifolia
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Crypt wendtii red
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Crypt wendtii green
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Persicaria sp 'Kawagoeanum'
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Phillipine java fern
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Pygmy chain sword
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Crypt blassii
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Ludwigia sp Red
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Bacopa caroliniana
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