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Old 09-16-2016, 01:06 PM   #1
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55 gallon rescape.

After playing around with C02, fertilizer, fish dying from age related issues; decided to start redesigning my 4 year old setup.

Over the next few days will post my progress.

Day 1: 50% water change and light glass cleaning.
Eventually will be changing the substrate and locations of driftwood and plants.
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Cool, what new layout will you do?
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Can't wait for this. Heavy planting or light?


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Going to add moss for a colony of rcs.

Ancharis or water Sprite for more complete nutrient absorbent.

Currently have swords, micro swords, narrow leaf swords, and Java fern.

Thinking keeping the driftwood in the center, swords and other background plants on each end and getting either the micro swords or narrow leaf to form a carpet.

Day 2
Rinsed 1 bag of play sand and 2 bags for fluorite.
Another 50% water change, keeping water close to my tap parameters.

Cost so far $47.50
For sand, fluorite, aquascaping tools.


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Day 3: tank emptied and ready to be cleaned. Undoing a dirted tank might actually be the worst fish tank smell lol.
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Ready to fill with water and add substrate and plants.


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Following. What kind of lighting do you have?


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Finnex planted + 24/7, it's on a timer now. The 24/7 is a novel feature but not suitable for my bedroom lol.


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Finnex planted + 24/7, it's on a timer now. The 24/7 is a novel feature but not suitable for my bedroom lol.


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It's a glorified night light! I have a 24/7 and was running it in 24/7 mode but that proved to be too much light for my shrimp tank (nasty string algae). I dropped to manual mode at 10-20%.
That is a nice piece of driftwood. Take this only as a suggestion: set it off center a bit. Something about the asymmetry is more relaxing to the eyes than the "this side - that side" situation that would occur if it was dead center.
Can't wait to see the final build.


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Letting the tank clear. Tomorrow going to pick up some moss and some other plants.

After a few weeks will add some shrimp. Not sure if all the work is going to cause a mini cycle. So no new fauna yet.

As stands have
Sterba corys
2 Clown pleco
Bolivian ram
And guppies

1 diamond tetra
4 rasboras
Continuing to let their schools diminish from age before I decide what to add.


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