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    Default talldutchies 33 gallon semi-biotope

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    I picked up this tank used for about a 3rd of the new prices. Found it on the local equivelant of craigs list. The previous owner got bitten by the bug pretty badly and was already upgrading to something twice as big.

    This particular brand comes with internal filters in the right corner. Good filters but they do take up space and since I expect to look into the tank from the right a lot it had to go.

    Also in that picture is a piece of wood I found i na local shop.

    Now that the tank was there it was time to start thinking of what it wanted to be. I must have looked at several 100 tanks for inspiration. A few scapes like this:

    appealed to me but I kept coming back to Heiko Bleher's biotope series. This Rio Morte biotope he did for a show in 2006 struck a chord:

    The weirdly asymetric riverbank inspired me. I considered going for a strict south american biotope but then I looked at all the lovely plants in my current tank and I just couldn't.

    So. Together with my wife who has a very good eye for interior decorating I did quite a few sketches and came up with a design.

    I was already over budget for this project and I was short some sand so I got play sand and used that for the countours. I cut up a few yoghurt pots to use as dams to keep the sand a bit in place.

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    After that was in place I covered with pool filter sand. I've really fallen for that. IT's a relatively big grain but well rounded and it's so clean when it comes out of the bag!

    The pebbles I bought at a local garden center for about a buck for the lot.

    2 days later I was finally happy with the placement of the hardscape. Especially getting the wood just right in position was a challenge.

    A second piece of wood from a project quite a few years ago was fetched from the garden and used to create some balance and hide the filter intake.

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    So far looks pretty good! =) Keep up the good work!

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    oh, it's up already, just sharing this bit to show anyone interested that this style of aquarium doesn't need to be very expensive or difficult.
    Catching up on the back log so to say.

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    Oh! What's it stocked with? =0

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    In due time, in due time..

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    I live in filthy London. If I did that I reckon the fish, shrimp AND plants would melt.

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    I live in New Jersey.. If I did that I'd most likely end up with mutated fish. Doesn't help that I live across from a water treatment plant XD

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    I live in the clean mountains of California but I would not chance it either because the San Joaquin valley is on the other side.
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    Maybe I missed it, but what kind of lights are you using on this tank?
    120 gallon FW bowfront in progress

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