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Old 11-26-2012, 02:05 AM   #1
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Well here I go again... another tank and another scape... MTS has fully taken over! I want this tank to be super colorful with contrasting colors. I decided to use Dutch Style Aquascaping as my base but I've incorporated some Iwagumi style stones along with a nice piece of Manzanita. I really like the sandy cove I created on my 6g project, so I'll be implementing something similar but different. I was originally planning on the getting the 36g Bow Front but settled on the 26g because of the awesome deal I got on a better looking stand. Plus when you add in the cost of extra substrate, extra fert dosing, and larger light fixture, the 26g was a better value. This tank is actually my gift to my parents but I agreed to set it up, scape it, and teach my dear old Mom on how to trim and maintain it (I'll be doing the PWC's though). Their house is filled with Oak and Pine furniture so this tank fits their style better than my own... So here we go

The Skinny (Already Acquired and In-Progress / Planning):

Tank - Aqueon 26 Gallon Bow Front (Dimensions: 24"L x 15"W x 21"H)
Light - Finnex 24" Ray 2 (20 Watts: 192 HO LEDs, 7000k daylight)
Filter - Fluval 306
Heater - Aqueon 100w
CO2 - Aquatek mini regulator for paintball, Fluval Diffuser, and UP Aqua Drop Checker

Substrate: Floramax, Caribsea White Sand, and Flourish Root tabs.
Hardscape: Yamaya Stone and Manzanita.

Planned and available Flora:
-Rotala Colorata
-Pogestemon Erectus
-Myriophyllum Mattogrossense
-Ludwigia sp. 'Red'
-Staurogyne Repens
-Valisneria Spiralis
-Dwarf Hair Grass (E. Parvula)
-Hygrophila Angustifolia
-Hydrocotyle Tripartita sp. Japan
-Flame moss
-alternanthera reineckii
-cabomba palaeformis
-cyperus helfiri
-rotala rotundifolia
-cabomba caroliniana
-persicaria kawagoeanum
-rotala "Vietnam"
-anubias sp. petite

Planned Fauna:
2 Juvenile Koi Angels (will re-home when grown), Cardinals, and Corries.

PPS-Pro with GLA Dry Ferts, Flourish Root Tabs, and diluted Glutaraldehyde (Excel alternative...Big thanks to Rivercats for pointing out this stuff).


Had to saw the Manzanita to trim it down to size... I also cut off some sharp points and sanded them down so they wouldn't potentially hurt livestock. I also had an extra piece of lava stone that had a drilled hole in the middle. This will provide a good anchoring point for the wood so I can tie it down with some fishing line in case it decides it wants to float.

This is not the exact layout but just wanted to put the stones and the manzanita in the tank to get an idea of the direction I'm going with this... I will be burying the lava stone that's anchoring the manzanita. I plan on adding in some substantial slopes to add dimension....

More on the way... stay tuned!

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Old 11-26-2012, 03:04 AM   #2
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That's a great looking piece of manzanita there. Looking forward to updates!

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Very nice! I look forward to see how the different substrate will be used.

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Definitely subbed to this. I enjoy your set ups
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The driftwood looks great. Definitely subscribing, as your tank journals are always the most interesting. Can't wait to see how this turns out. It should be fantastic!
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