Put the slate back!!! All of it. Hahaha.
Over load the tank with plants
Over load the tank with plants
lol...no more slate! How about just a tank of amazon swords?Put the slate back!!! All of it. Hahaha.
Over load the tank with plants
Thank you! I changed it up already....lol. I was going to use Amazonia but I'm worried about the pH drop. Don't really want any deathsI like #1
When I started my first tank I used Eco. Had decent success with "Plants". After sometime and educating, decided to cap a section with "Black" sand for the Corys and Rams. Worked out "Ok", but as time went by I did have to add more sand until all the voids were filled.
Did you remove the plastic from the middle? It takes away the easy open/bend motion, but it allows the light to penetrate properly. They should have used a clear plastic for that.Same! I have a Versa Top for my Betta's tank and I have to shove the light waaayyy back otherwise most of it gets blocked. It's also very dark in the front.
I didn't know you could take it off, would you just use hinges? And I agree too, that should have been clear.Did you remove the plastic from the middle? It takes away the easy open/bend motion, but it allows the light to penetrate properly. They should have used a clear plastic for that.
I could secure those handles closer to the front so they're not being hit by the light, but I wanted the piece to be lifted equally on all sides to avoid a dipping effect when removed.
Need to get it done though. Plants are coming today and tomorrow. Have to get the hardscape back in there!
I use a paint scraper to get under that plastic piece on both sides. It separates fairly easily after that. These hinges could actually work as well.I didn't know you could take it off, would you just use hinges? And I agree too, that should have been clear.
Thank you! I'll take a look. Can't wait for some grow out.Tank looks really well matie, good job! I'd add some of the smaller redish tone aquatic plants such as Aternanthera. It gives a great contrast to the Swords bright green.
I purchased two pieces online. One of which I didn't use. They are nice pieces but you just don't know what you're going to get and if they're going to fit together.I really like the bogwood. Where did you get it and is it a specific type of wood?
I purchased two pieces online. One of which I didn't use. They are nice pieces but you just don't know what you're going to get and if they're going to fit together.
I finally found a shop that carried what I was looking for. It was a 2.5 hour round trip but that's where I grabbed the rest of the wood. It makes it so much easier to visualize when you're right in front of the pieces.
Anyway! It's sold as hornwood or pacific wood. The issue is that some pacific wood being sold looks completely different. Maybe sellers are not sure of what they actually have? You'll have better luck asking your local shops if they have pacific wood.
There are also a few sites that have photos of the wood that you will actually receive but I had trouble finding this wood in their inventory.
The truth hurts sometimes. HahaI really appreciate the assist on that. I'm thinking of starting a shrimp/betta setup sometime soon so it stood out to me immediately. About that 2.5 hour round trip... All I can say is that the hobby has you in it's grasp.
Like the rest of us
The truth hurts sometimes. Haha
Lol. That's awesome. I think I'm getting to that point. My fiance looks at me like I've got problems. I take us on family trips to the woods to source my rocks. She says I'll only go out and do things if it's for fish.
I think I pulled something. I moved the tank to my office. My son can climb out of his crib now and I wanted to prevent any "accidents."
More plants on order.
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Looking amazing so far, keep up the good work!I never started a build journal for my first 20 Gallon, so here are a few pictures over the past four months. I've re-scaped it a few times. Usually just moving certain things around. I did another adjustment to it today which I think I like..for now.
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Cholla wood sunk and added slate.
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Javer Fern added to Cholla wood and some more slate work.
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Went a bit crazy with the slate......
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Took a lot of the slate out, moved the spider would to the left and positioned upright. I wanted to take advantage of the height in the tank. Also cornered the Cholla wood.
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Pretty much the same except all the baby Java Fern!
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Now to today's work. Unfortunately you can't really see what I did in the photos. I made a slope on the back right side, buried the Cholla more, put the slate rocks behind the Cholla to act as a wall to prevent too much substrate from spilling over, made a smaller slope on the left back side, moved the spider wood slightly to the right and a bit towards the back, and finally replanted the three swords on the slopes.
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And trying for a better angle....
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It's a shame...it looks pretty decent in person but I can't seem to capture the slopes in a head on photo. It gives it just a bit more flow to it all. The water is also still cloudy from all the movement.
I'll be adding some S. Repens and Vallisneria soon. Open to suggestions on placement. Also may add more substrate later on for better slopeness when I get better at scaping.
That's it for now!
I don't mind tannins, but I'm honestly not sure. It's pacific wood so maybe it leeches less? However, I did have a mini cycle after everything do I did a lot of water changes within a few days.How did you avoid tannins?
Ah, kiddos. If I had a nickel for everytime I have to tell our youngest to quit trying to climb the tank, quit trying to draw on the glass, quit hitting the glass with Chase from Paw Patrol, etc. I'm no mathematician, but I'd have a boatload of nickels and could probably afford the sweetest tank on FL.
Thank you!Looking amazing so far, keep up the good work!
No worries!I don't mind tannins, but I'm honestly not sure. It's pacific wood so maybe it leeches less? However, I did have a mini cycle after everything do I did a lot of water changes within a few days.
And lol for the kids. He was sort of ok with the tank except for trying to throw his plastic ball bit balls in it, but that was with supervision. He usually keeps the climbing, hitting, and throwing to the TV.
Wow! I just found this thread and this tank looks amazing. Nice job.All plants are in. The local gentleman that sourced the Blyxa for me ended up giving me a lot more than I purchased due to some melt. Most of the Blyxa already had runners/plantlets so I ended up with about 20 individuals. This will definitely kick start my plant only grow out tank.
I had to put all of the Blyxa in this tank until I get the grow out set up so some of it looks out of place. I think the re-scape was a success. I'm happy with it and I can only hope that the plants thrive. I may actually skip the pearlweed carpet.
I'm done touching it. Here is the final product.
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Thanks for following along!
Since you mentioned it! LolNo problem. End result is amazing!! Keep me posted on any others you do