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Old 06-24-2013, 04:38 AM   #1611
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You sly dog! How much did a 225 cost you? Where I live biggest you can get is Around 70. And that's only at petsmart and they are all horrible top fins with he worst caulking known to man.
I got the 225 from my friend who owned a local fish store it was a display tank and she closed down so she gave it to me for free. Then my 240 I got on Craigslist with a sump stand canopy and slimmer for 200 bucks. It was a once in a life time deal.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:39 AM   #1612
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I got the 225 from my friend who owned a local fish store it was a display tank and she closed down so she gave it to me for free. Then my 240 I got on Craigslist with a sump stand canopy and slimmer for 200 bucks. It was a once in a life time deal.
Ya that would hardly get me a 55 gallon nice deals!
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:42 AM   #1613
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Ya that would hardly get me a 55 gallon nice deals!
Ya keep looking at Craigslist you will find something!
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:44 AM   #1614
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Ya keep looking at Craigslist you will find something!
Don't give me False hope I live in ohio haha. And I can't get a big tank untill I get a new apartment on the ground level
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:48 AM   #1615
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Beautiful tank!
Thanks. Very kind of you.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:04 AM   #1616
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Is that an amazon twig what substrate is that ?
Lol, okay not a an Amazon, not even a South Amercan twig, more like a Southern California twig-- Manzanita. The substrate is Black Petco sand. I use Floursh root tabs to feed the plants, as well as Flourish comprehensive and Flourish excel. The sand just holds 'em down.
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Lol, okay not a an Amazon, not even a South Amercan twig, more like a Southern California twig-- Manzanita. The substrate is Black Petco sand. I use Floursh root tabs to feed the plants, as well as Flourish comprehensive and Flourish excel. The sand just holds 'em down.
What I like about this tank is the simplicity. A few well placed stones that stand out against the rather uniform colored sand. Not overly crowded with a jungle of aquatic plants; the ground cover (what appears to be dwarf sag) is mimicking the stones. And the manzanita stands out; it is eye catching against the green backdrop.

I always promoted the manzanita plus moss look but keeping flame moss trimmed to the right shape (for me it grows wild and unruly at times) can be a chore. That's what I have at the moment in my shrimp tank and I may pull it out, strip off the moss and reboil it (second round of the fungus on it). I thought about getting the Petco black sand but they were selling EcoComplete at $9 per bag so I could not pass it up. I may have to rethink that. The EC is not quite black; has flecks of tan, red, gray in it. I am keeping two types of crypts that should do okay in sand (with root supplements as well). Or I can keep some of the EC and cap it with the black sand.

Sorry to ramble on here but looking at your tank really got me into thinking about what I can do to my tank.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:28 PM   #1618
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What I like about this tank is the simplicity. A few well placed stones that stand out against the rather uniform colored sand. Not overly crowded with a jungle of aquatic plants; the ground cover (what appears to be dwarf sag) is mimicking the stones. And the manzanita stands out; it is eye catching against the green backdrop.

I always promoted the manzanita plus moss look but keeping flame moss trimmed to the right shape (for me it grows wild and unruly at times) can be a chore. That's what I have at the moment in my shrimp tank and I may pull it out, strip off the moss and reboil it (second round of the fungus on it). I thought about getting the Petco black sand but they were selling EcoComplete at $9 per bag so I could not pass it up. I may have to rethink that. The EC is not quite black; has flecks of tan, red, gray in it. I am keeping two types of crypts that should do okay in sand (with root supplements as well). Or I can keep some of the EC and cap it with the black sand.

Sorry to ramble on here but looking at your tank really got me into thinking about what I can do to my tank.
That's deep
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What I like about this tank is the simplicity. A few well placed stones that stand out against the rather uniform colored sand. Not overly crowded with a jungle of aquatic plants; the ground cover (what appears to be dwarf sag) is mimicking the stones. And the manzanita stands out; it is eye catching against the green backdrop.

I always promoted the manzanita plus moss look but keeping flame moss trimmed to the right shape (for me it grows wild and unruly at times) can be a chore. That's what I have at the moment in my shrimp tank and I may pull it out, strip off the moss and reboil it (second round of the fungus on it). I thought about getting the Petco black sand but they were selling EcoComplete at $9 per bag so I could not pass it up. I may have to rethink that. The EC is not quite black; has flecks of tan, red, gray in it. I am keeping two types of crypts that should do okay in sand (with root supplements as well). Or I can keep some of the EC and cap it with the black sand.

Sorry to ramble on here but looking at your tank really got me into thinking about what I can do to my tank.
Thanks for the input and your very kind comments. I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts for your own tank.

Part of the manzanita size is what fits through the acrylic tank opening and what I could afford. i got it from Manzanita-Driftwood.com and picked it out from the exact pic and dimensions. The granite river stones are from a LFS. I was inspired by Iwagumi, though this is by no means Iwagumi.

You are right, that is dwarf sag.


This is my first real planted tank. Years ago I would float a bunch of anarcharis, but that doesn't really count. When I got the sand I hadn't decided to go planted. I bought the sand for the corys I plan to house when the tank is just a bit older.

I've never used EC so I hope someone who has can answer.
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Seems we have strayed from the topic.
Here is my 120 Gallon Reef. Freshly recovered from a heater explosion. Its been a long 4 months.

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