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Old 08-29-2005, 02:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Step 1 these are all the tools I used for the layout.


Step 2 75 gallon cherry combo and canopy by oceanic


Step 3 5 Lb Co2 bottle, regulator and aquamedic in-line reactor, 2080 Professional III by EHEIM and 65 watts X 4 PC by Coralife (Retrofit) Manzanita driftwood and Texas fossil rock.


Step 4 a division is created to separate the two substrates from mixing.


Step 5 Bacter 100 Clear super and Tourmaline BC are added followed by power sand and Amazonia in the back and white quartz sand in the front.

Step 6 the Layout is done fast using a simple combination of rocks and driftwood.










Step 7 Moss, Anubias, Java fern and bolbitis rhizomes are placed in position.




Step 8 Cryptocorines, Cypherus, Isoetes, Blyxa and ranunculus are planted in the back. Water is added and done!




Thank you for all the NASH members who show up to help me do the installation just so I could concentrate on the planting.

Thank you guy's!

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You're very welcome, Luis! It's always a pleasure to help you out.
How's the tank doing?
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Very NICE Luis. I like your helper in one of the pics there. I think its Thanh right. I was invited to see you set up a tank by Dan, Rudy and Thanh. I really wish I could have made it but our stay was only for a week.

I am working to setup my 72 bowfront also. I got some Manzanita from Dan through Rudy. Now saving some money to get the lights and an eheim canister filter.

Keep the updates coming.

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Luis, the tank looks very nice, great combination of rocks, manzanita wood and a nice selection of plants. Keep it up, can't wait to see what it looks like when everything grows.
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My bad, hey Rudy see that your in a couple of the pics also.

Hey Bradda, Mahalo for the Manzanita.

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Nice tank. Thanks for the pictures. It gives a newbie like me a good step by step on how to get started!
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No problem, Ike.
Hope everything goes well in your set up.

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Nice layout Luis !

Could you direct me to a source for the driftwood that you used, please.

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Manzanita.com I think is the place, if I am wrong please correct me guy's.

First week update:



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Good job,
Now you needed an open top and an ADA tank and pendant.
Empty foreground???
Looks like being lazy is now in vogue
Look at Dutch foregrounds from year's past, they are bare.
But a nice foreground is hard for many folks, this prevents the scape from too much growth and the rock/wood kepts a sense of design still and fish only folks like the open space for fish.

You could have used more plants, especially in the background.
And some more Anubias on the rock area. But that's the way things go

I have a very cheap ADA like product made here in the USA also Luis, looks like the Soil and has the same color and size.

But it's much cheaper than Onyx and Floruite and much cheaper than ADA obviously.

It cost about the same as MPV turface............(15$ for 50lbs).

I'm running a test right now on it with two tanks, onhe with ADA, the other with Tom's SSS(Secret substrate sauce-haha).

I've paided too much for substrates for too long.
Ferts are cheap now, cables are out the window, RO, forget it, test kits, forget them too, not much left

A nice tank, and I do think ADA's prices on their tanks are well worth the $$ for rimless tanks, AF sells them for 480$, an ugly looking rimmed tank with an ugly center brace will run 200-300$.

Tanks are the hardest DIY projects, so I'll leave that to local folks.

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