Disarm - 1200L x 600W x 350H

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    Title is from my favorite song from my favorite band, "Disarm - The Smashing Pumpkins"

    So after I got a great deal to get 10mm glass from a broken tank, I decided to get it cut and made a custom 1200L x 600w x 350h tank.

    Idea behind the scape is something different. It is almost chaotic, but still kind of follows the triangle/thirds rule etc. just have to imagine it. hehe

    I was also lucky enough to find the wood locally. It isn't real driftwood rather "bush driftwood" as I would like to call it. Used it before in my 2ft tank, so there was no worries. Only thing is that this stuff leaches tannins like crazy for the first couple of weeks, but after a good soak and scrub, it is 100%.

    Still looking for more rocks, but at the moment I'm using some random slate type of rocks, but need more.

    Used PFS and a little ADA at the back for the substrate, with osmocote at the bottom. Difficulty with PFS is trying to create a slope without it leveling out. So took a page from fellow members and cut up some icecream tubs to create "slope stabilizers", i.e. barriers so that hold the slope. Still want to create more height, but might at a later stage invest in some ADA for the back.

    Lighting I decided to give the LED floodlights a go. Got 2 x 20W floodlights, mounted around 500mm from substrate. It is very bright, but feel that they might not be enough. Will change to 50Ws if necessary, but time will tell if they work.

    Plants that I have used if from my 2ft tank. One thing I'm worried about is BBA, because my 2ft had BBA. I have an idea to H2O2 the tank once everything has been planted but with no inhabitants yet. It would effectively kill off the remaining BBA and any nastys...

    Will post exactly which plants was used later and what fishies are planned.

    Please feel free to comment and criticize the scape. :D
     
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    Here is a pic of just the layout, not yet planted.

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    Haven't taken a photo of then I sloped the substrate, or minor adjustments to the wood.

    Will take some photos tonight, it is semi planted now.
     
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    This is going to be a great looking tank
     
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    Looking good, I don't know what plants you have in mind, you could try lowering the floodlights, if you end up going for 30 or 50w maybe consider getting 3 for a better light spread (BTW 50w might be too much) or get another 20w and have them all lower than what they are.
     
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    Epic wood.. drop those quartz looking rocks..

    the gravel is also too bright.. I would try to use dark substrate.. then DSM the lot with dwarf hairgrass.. when it is nice and thick, flood and pump it with CO2.. it would look awesome with that wood.
     
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    Oooh, look forward to this one :)
     
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    Yeah I agree ... that wood setup is rocking.
     
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    Good taste, one of my favourites too. :headbang:
     
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    Ok so filled the baby up. Still murky but should clear in a couple of days. Still have to hook up the filter and CO2. And still waiting for plants to come in to complete the scape.

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    looks better now with those two parallel horizontal pieces on the left having been tilted from the earlier pic..

    I don't think you need the large white coloured back center rock and which will also become a magnet for algae. A smaller rock will also assist with the perspective..
     
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    Looks great, but as Luis said, drop the quartz rocks.
     
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    This is a good looking tank! Well done!
     
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    Thanks guys!

    Will take out the white rock, but need to put something in its place. Will see what rocks are around or even more wood.

    Not sure if I should keep the front bare or not, was thinking of having a whole bunch of corys so that can be like a playground for them.

    Planted vallisneria nana to the back left and L. Repens and rotala to back right. Not sure what other stems can go to the back right. Any suggestions?

    Will be getting micro swords (e. Tennellus) excuse spelling. For the right side and let it creep to the front.

    I feel that it is still too bare in the middle, not 100% liking monte carlo carpet. Might plant some new crypts randomly. Want to get some p.heferi *spelling* since it stays low, will see if I can find.
     
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    yes try and keep the front open as much as you can, downoi does not keep that low, well mine grew over 250mm .

    There looks enough plants in there already..

    bold statement coming up.... wait for it..

    The majority of APSA folk tend to over plant their tanks, in my opinion that is.. :)
    The same issue applies with a newbie home gardeners, that try and fill all the empty spaces in their new garden and don't visualise and plan for the growth in six months time and then all hell breaks out !
     
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    Cories,Cories,Cories!! :)
     
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    Very true, my first planted tank I planted like every square cm with plants. With this tank I actually want variety and texture.

    I had downoi before but seems like there are 2 plants I can't grow.. h.pinn and downoi. . Don't know why hehe.

    Seems like I haven't let the wood soak long enough, leeching tannins, but not too much issue.

    Hooked up filter and inline CO2 reactor, can't count the bubbles hehe. will be hooking up the other filter this weekend.

    Thanks for the help guys, appreciate it.

    Yeap, got 20 c. habrosus going into the tank. Might be too little but still wanting to get c.melini aswell.
     
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    Looks lekker bud! Lots of depth to play with!!!
     
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    I'm thinking the 2 x 20W floodlights isn't enough light. Plants don't want to pearl. More than enough CO2 and ferts in the system.

    What do you guys think if I should add another 2 x 20W or swap out the current 2 x 20W for 2 x 50Ws?

    Anyone tried the 50Ws before?

    Water depth is max 35cm deep. Lights currently mounted 20cm from water surface.

    Also will activated carbon take out tannins?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    At the end of the day your plants will tell you if there's not enough light, and algae will tell you if there is too much...
    But the balancing act gows deeper than a rabbit hole...
    Light, CO2, ferts, photo period, plant mass and and and... The list goes on...
    But give the 50W lights a bash...
     
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    That is what I'm scared of. I don't want to bump up the lights then all goes wonky. .. but I have a gut feeling that 50w will just be about right. Will keep you guys posted.
     

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