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Old 03-03-2003, 07:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm setting up my first large planted tank. It's a 90 gallon tank (48" X 18" X 24"), and will house discus. I'm using flourite substrate, pressurized injected CO2, and lighting will be a JBJ 65W X 4 system.

I'm looking for any advice as to how to go about designing the placement in the tank. I'm looking to do a U shaped design in the tank, with a large piece of driftwood in the center. I'm also going to do a smaller piece of wood on the side of the tank. Both pieces will probably be planted with java moss or java fern.

As for plants, I'm thinking of some swords, harigrass, wisteria, lugwigia, some vals, and possibly some sunset hygro. I'm sure that I'll be adding species, but for now that's what I'm looking at. I want to do a grass like forground area, with the swords on either side of the tank for height. Does this sould like a good idea, or is there some other factor that I should be thinking about?

Also, if anyone can direct me to sites with articles on aquascaping that would be great. I want to get this right the first time!

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Old 03-03-2003, 07:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm setting up my first large planted tank. It's a 90 gallon tank (48" X 18" X 24"), and will house discus. I'm using flourite substrate, pressurized injected CO2, and lighting will be a JBJ 65W X 4 system.

I'm looking for any advice as to how to go about designing the placement in the tank. I'm looking to do a U shaped design in the tank, with a large piece of driftwood in the center. I'm also going to do a smaller piece of wood on the side of the tank. Both pieces will probably be planted with java moss or java fern.

As for plants, I'm thinking of some swords, harigrass, wisteria, lugwigia, some vals, and possibly some sunset hygro. I'm sure that I'll be adding species, but for now that's what I'm looking at. I want to do a grass like forground area, with the swords on either side of the tank for height. Does this sould like a good idea, or is there some other factor that I should be thinking about?

Also, if anyone can direct me to sites with articles on aquascaping that would be great. I want to get this right the first time!

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Old 03-03-2003, 11:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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don't know of any articles offhand, and i'm sure some people here know of some good places so you'll get a few soon, but in the mean time, if you haven't looked already, there is a gallery on the aquaticbotanic store website. there are dozens of amazing tanks. while you're waiting for some other help, you can look at other succesful tanks to get an idea of what techniques you like and what plant combos are appealing to you. good luck with your tank, it sounds like you've done your homework though so you should be quite succesful.

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Did you read the post by Birgit called aquascaping principles?

It's a very good article and really help me a lot.
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Go ahead and look not only on these forums but also the older forums. There's a lot of stuff there that couldn't be moved.
http://www.aquabotanic.com/boards/index.php

You may want to take a look at my tank. It is a U shape with a large placement at the left optical center. My tank is a different set of dimensions but the ideas may be the same.

e.tennelus(micro) and hairgrass would make a nice foreground.

For good ideas on java moss and java fern you might want to look at some of amano's tanks. Those plants are fairly prevalent in the config you are looking for and he has good principles documented.

I have a personal preference for green temple over swords. Its personal but I really like the growth and color better. The size and form is a lot easier to manage, especially if open water is a concern as it grown in a cylindrical shape.

Sunset hygro grows like a week, so you'll need to give it plenty of room. You can even just band it together behind some wood and let it go. With regular pruning needed its an easy way to just pull it out, wack off the bottoms and return them to a position.

Wysteria takes some time to get started but once it has roots planted, it will take off sending out limbs. Its easy to prune limbs and replanting is only really necessary when the feeder roots get to be an eyesore.

Depending on the ludwigia, it all grows welll and will redden with good traces and high light. You can wither top and replant or trim the tops. Most ludwigia plants have nice rosettes on the tipps and I ususally top and replant to save the rosettes and the color.

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I can't seem to find Birgit's article on aquascaping that you referred to. Where can I find it?
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I moved the article over from the old board so it is posed under my name... it's under art of aquascaping.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ekim:
I moved the article over from the old board so it is posed under my name... it's under art of aquascaping.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tnx ekim ... sure can use it.
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James,
What is that PVC construction you put in the tank at the very beginning?
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Intake/outflow from a pair of canister filters in the bottom. The tank is custom made and has bulkheads in the bottom. This way I have a minimum of hardware going over the edge.

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