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I finally got around to redoing my 72g Bowfront. I was going to retire this tank to the plastic frame graveyard, but decided to give it one more go. The tank now has a canopy which goes well in my kitchen. So I'll maintain this canopy style tank and a few open top tanks as well. I'm still working on the hardscape so no pics yet. Here are a few pics of the previous setup:



This time around I'm going with a low-maintenance scape of mostly ferns, mosses. Probaby a few choice stems and that's it.
 

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House, Zapins, anyone else? Could the difference in the riccia be caused by the slight shading that the "riccia rock" on the right in the picture is getting. The one on the left seems to be more out in the open. It would make sense; the riccia in the shade would need to increase it's chlorophyll to capture more light energy and hence have a darker green color.

Or, I could be out of my head.... :D

Anyhow, I love the former set up and can hardly wait to see the new scape! What are you planning to do?
Thanks Donald. Yeah I had thought about shading, but I've had riccia grow completely different within several tanks and there was no shading variable. Maybe it is nutrient distribution but nothing I could say with any certainly. As far as the new scape. For me personally I'm trying to create something that will require the least amount of hands-on as possible, but I still want things lush so it will still be a high-tech tank.
 

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house - it sounds like you are looking for the same kind of tank that I am. My tank has lots of anubias petite, java fern, anubias nana, glosso, utricula g., dwarf sag and a few stems as accents.

There are plenty of designs that can be done with these plants and the upkeep is negligible.
Thanks for the comments.

Zapins, yeah I'll be using some of those. Probably not glosso, I'll probably go with a sand front since I find it much easier to clean or replace sand then eventually redo a planted front.
 

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Pretty damn excellent for an "innocent"! You managed to tread a fine line between a well-manicured and "natural" aquascape. How many times did you have to revise it before you felt things were right?

Can't wait to see your next piece. Will it be low tech and low maintenance?
Thanks for that perceptive comment. It was revised several times. I know I have a pic somewhere when I first made the layout, see if I can find it. Yes the next tank will definitely be low maintenance but still high tech. Not much in the stem department.
 

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The background is particularly black. Did you paint the glass black on the back or use paper?
It's one of those backgrounds that you apply ( I think vaseline) in between the glass and the background and then squeeze out the air bubbles. Kind of a pain to put on, but once it's on, it's on!
 
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