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Good start... Get some fast growers in there to help soak up the nutrients and add as many plants as you can as often as you can to fill the tank up. I agree get rid of the printed background.
 
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When I first saw the pictures I was just thinking the same thing; getting rid of that background. Sure enough, others thought the same wayLOL

And wow! It sure didn't look like a 100gal. You successfully reversed the illusion in making larger tanks appear smaller, whether it was pure intention or accident;) Usually people try to make smaller tanks look larger by using proportionate plants with leaves and stems that are smaller, along with smaller shoaling fish.

You have a large tank, and large tanks always have more potential. Not only can you have more plants you can also have plants of any size. It really would help if you have more plants. It also will not hurt to draw out a design, which I emphasize to myself as well. It will not turn out to be 100% identical but that is the whole point. This is to give you a nice start. Once you have things set up it will undoubtedly be changed later as you see fit. The 'art' of aquascaping is 'cool like that'. It is always evolving according to the artist's own taste, which is developed and accumulated over time and experience. If you are looking for more plant varieties then Classified section is a good place to start. I don't know if your LFS carry enough to satiate your scaping needs, but I've always vouched for on-line shopping when it comes to plants.

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Thanks for all the input, I didnt think so many people would object to the background. But thats fine Im all open to sugestions and ideas being my first proper planted tank setup, and yes Im planing to get a few more plants this week, I just got into the shop before closing the other day and grabed a few to start off with. My tank is in a reall bad spot under my stair case and theres a suporting beam smack bang right in the centre of it so the pictures dont really show that its a large tank. Downside to this is that I may be moving house later this year so if it comes to that Ill get that backdrop changed to something plain, but for now Ill make do and fill up the spaces with some more plants and see how I go. Hard to find shops around sydney with a great variety of plants and that are in good health and in seperate tanks just with plants. Ill keep my progress updated, and thanks again for sugestions. :)
 

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Yes, looking good indeed! It will take some time, but before too long, you'll have a lot of plants in there. I kept adding and adding and so forth. After every time I bought plants, I though 'this'll be enough' and I'm still buying plants! It's off to a very good start, everything looks nice and healthy.
 

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Im using onyx sand and gravel mixed. Also got a few questions. My Ph is still really high around the 8.0 area with compressed c02 injection, last time I checked the KH it was around 5. I dont have any fish in there atm, and Im starting to get algae growing. Also was wondering if anybody uses a UV steriliser in their setup?
 

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I liked the look of your substrate, that's why I asked...Thanks!

You need to crank up your C02...With a PH of 8 and a KH of 5 you only have 1.5ppm of C02. You need at least 20ppm of C02 to help combat algae.
 

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things are going well, co2 is up some more so the ph has droped a bit. I just noticed today the water is geting a bit hazey, not as clear as it was a week ago. Done a water change 2 days ago, also have added in a few small catfish corydoras and suckers, to do some cleaning.
 
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