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This was a huge project for me. I ended up removing all the old gravel, and completeley started over. All opinions welcomed

This was my old tank. I worked hard on it for the past 5 months


another shot of it


then i said, "time to tear it down" what a task



YEAH!!! all the plants are out


All the water is gone and I am left with all the good gooie MULM and a little old gravel. This is about 1/4 inch of old water and mulm.


a little bit of peat-moss will do the trick


One bag of UNWASHED flourite topped with 12TBS of laterite


3 more bags of washed flourite and timelapse miracle. And here is the beginning of the left side of my 30g rescape with more pics to come soon. have to wait till all the stuff grows out.


heres a pic of my cutie Double red Cac fry. Hes about a little less then an inch
 

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I really feel your pain, you probably invested 5-8 hours doing all that?

Hopefully you don't get any huge nitrite/ammonia spikes from teh loss of all that bacteria . . . . I lost a couple rams doing the same thing!
 

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I like :D

I love your red/green contrasts as well as the rocks. They will look very cool when it fills in ;)

Im also doing the same thing. Im going from a 29 to a 55. My 55 looks SOO bare now where as the 29 looked so over crowded. Now... if only I could time lapse to see if things will look out 3 months from now.. ;) hehe.
 

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Are you planning on a 'scape when it fills in or are you continuing with the whole slope thing you have going on?
 

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mrbelvedere138 said:
Are you planning on a 'scape when it fills in or are you continuing with the whole slope thing you have going on?
I was planning on a slope for the 2/3rds of the tank that is presently being shown. There will be a small space after the slope for riccia and HC then it will slope hard back up. this is my plan but I am unsure of how well it will look. The plants that are not being shown on the right are: Hygro polysperma(giant), Camboba Furcata, pygmy chainsword, anubias nana, crypt lutea, and crypt wendtii red.

esarkipato said:
I really feel your pain, you probably invested 5-8 hours doing all that?

Hopefully you don't get any huge nitrite/ammonia spikes from teh loss of all that bacteria . . . . I lost a couple rams doing the same thing!
Yes it took me close to 5 hours at a super fast pace. I had to have it all cleaned up by the time my fiancee got home.

The spikes were not an issue because I have an army of baby red ramshorns in there and pond snails. They gave a sufficient bioload for the 3 weeks that nothing was in it. I also seeded my filstar with filter floss from my emperor 400 from my other tank. Spikes were almost unoticable for the 3 weeks.
 

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here are some more updated pics of how my new tank is coming along.

This is the WHOLE front shot!! The right side was anavailable before due to how horrible it looks. Then I said to myself " These guys/gals deserve to see it"


Here is a corner shot to get a little different perspective


This is the Left side of the tank. Im still trying to figure out if I like the long sloped scape I am going for.


Here is the right side which is currenty the grow out side. There is hygro polysperma(gaint) and furcata growing, as well as little pieces of sunset hygro that are nor growing fast enough. I also just recieved some weeping moss so I made the weeping boulders that I put in today.


Once again all opinions are welcome.
 

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Other than flattening the gravel (and that's just what personally do for aeshthetic reasons) I have to say it looks good. I would say to add foreground plants, but it appears you will have one in good time when the plants grow out. Great job. :thumbsup:
 

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Well I have rearanged my tank. Not much rearanging but still took some time. With out further ado, my tank.

This is the left side. I have added the Windelov, the rocks at the bottom left and the nana petite


This is the right side. I have split the Anubian nan 6 times and spread it out. There is a HC forground frowing in, pygmy chain backround and infront of that is lava rocks covered in FISA weeping moss. The ambulia in the corner is growing in, it went through a massive trim and uproot and is not happy with me at the moment.


Here is a middle shot which best displays the downoi, nana petite, winelov, and walachii.


The corner shot perspective. It should be at more of an angle?


Now for the money shot and let the comments begin.
 

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Coming a long way since the rescape already! :D I like it a lot . . . . but where'd the ALt. Reinecki go???? I really liked the splash of deep red. Is it just buried?
 

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Coming a long way since the rescape already! :D I like it a lot . . . . but where'd the ALt. Reinecki go???? I really liked the splash of deep red. Is it just buried?
I did a trim about 2 weeks ago. The Reinecki doesnt grow very fast when I trim it. The red should be coming through in a month or so. I do feel like I am laking red's at the moment. I just cought a bunch of rotala walachii so that should add some color as soon as it grows out.
 
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