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    Ok, here's a first attempt. (the background is temporary paper, until I get a piece of laminated card backing). The wood will go on the right.





    Close up of left side.



    Looking down on it.



    Critique?

    I think I'll go to my LFS tomorrow evening to look at wood pieces in case anything jumps out at me.
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    I really do like the effect of depth when looking at the rocks from the front.

    Once you have plants and driftwood in there, it should look stunning
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    Well I went to the LFS (again!) tonight to pick out a piece of wood. Got a really nice one for £20 which is a bargain compared to some of their pieces in there. I also picked up an extra long/large syphon whilst I was there. I forgot to get a laminated black background though. I have sugar paper taped to the back of it at the moment.

    I forgot to take a photo before I filled it so you can't really see the new wood that well (as it has a dirty big rock on top of it right now), but here's the basic scape. It'll look better without the rock obviously, and once the wood darkens. The "arm" of the right-hand piece of wood arcs over and touches the other wood (behind the rock). I'm going to pick off some of the anubias from the old piece and wedge them into the new piece to balance things a bit (also, the old wood almost disappears under the carpet of anubias!



    My fish were devastated to lose the established wood from the holding tank! All they have now is a bare bottom tank, half an upturned pot and a huge bunch of floating plants (ready for transferring and planting in a couple of days). Once I take away their floating cover I will leave the lights off all the time and they'll just have natural light. They are all EXTREMELY stressed having been moved to a bare bottom tank with less cover and shade. It just shows how used they get to their surroundings. Hopefully it'll only be a couple of weeks until they can move.

    This shot shows the extent of the slope. It will level out over time but I hope it lasts a while. The cories have a habit of busily sifting substrate level over the course of a few months. I'll have to see about planting the terraces with strong rooting hygrophila and a few crypts to plug the gaps.



    And a 3/4 shot. Amazing to think that the wood on the left is the same type and will darken to match the other one over a few months.



    I'm going to try to keep this as low-tech as I can and limit my fertlising/EasyCarbo (mainly because it's such a huge tank it'll be expensive to dose). So I plan on getting plenty of cryptocoryne plants. I've had my best luck with those. I might also get some giant jungle vals (now I have the height for them!)

    If anyone has any suggestions or critique I'm very interested to hear alternative opinions!
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    I can't believe I missed the beginning of this thread! It must have been a sight, you carrying a big piece of plywood on the bus. The new tank is off to a great start. The only thing I would change is to bring those rocks up to the front a little or move the new driftwood back. The rocks are really neat and you can't see them because the wood is covering them.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    Yeah, I agree. Maybe move the rocks to the middle and frame the wood around them on each side? Anyway, the rocks are such a nice feature that I wouldn't cover them with wood either.

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    Good points. I only used the rockwork to hold back the substrate - but now you mention it, it would look better if some were used as features. Yes, I agree.

    I am loathed to move what I have in there now - but I think I will go and pick up a few more pieces of "show piece" rock to use as suggested, the next time I'm lurking around my LFS. Thanks all
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    Firefly, great tank! I am glad to see it all up and running. I will be following intently as this progresses.

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    Quick update.

    I planted everything from the 120 last night. I'm quite pleased with how full it looks already and am surprised how far the plants went. I still have a stash of plants in my 30 and 15 litre tanks so those too will go in eventually.

    Here's a couple of snaps from a moment ago. I've tried to group the species until it grows in a bit, then I'll soften the borders where they meet/overlap. At least, that's the plan.







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    Just took an ammonia test reading. 3ppm! This ADA Amazonia leeches a lot of ammonia!
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    Wow, that is a lot of ammonia, at least it will get the cycle up and running for you and it isn't too much for a tank that large. The scape looks great so far.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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