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    Quote Originally Posted by BluewaterBoof View Post
    I am actually in the process of ordering a pair of telescoping architect desk lamps so I can a) run this tank without an unsightly hood, b) position the lights exactly where I want them, and c) you're wasting light when those bulbs are lying sideways over the tank; using a desk lamp focuses and directs the light more intensely than those cheap hoods.
    These are the lamps I would like to use: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1

    I already have one of them from a previous purchase earlier this year. Nothing fancy, but cheap and seems to be sturdy enough. I'm ordering a second one later today.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Silbar View Post
    The tank is off to a great start, Andre'. I'm glad you didn't use the soil with moisture retaining crystals. As soon as I saw the first post I thought, "Oh no". And then I saw you decided not to use it. I use these crystals all the time in my flower planters. When they get wet they swell up and look like globs of clear jello. Great for keeping moisture in planters but I do not think they would be good for a fish tank.
    Thanks Sil! Oh man, that would have been awful haha It was a bit of a scramble for soil there at the last minute. People in the dirted tank groups kept saying to use the potting mix as opposed to the soil, but all the potting mixes at the store had fertilizers and/or the moisture stuff in them. I was losing hope and almost just resigned myself to doing a regular Flourite setup. At the last minute, some lady jumped in to show me the organic soil she used because she was like me and the MG organic potting mix that everyone loves to use wasn't available where she lived, either.



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    I have been planting flowers this week and have some crystals on hand. In a few minutes I will post a pic of what they look like before and after getting wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluewaterBoof View Post
    Took me about four hours to finish up last night. My feet were killing me from standing the whole time, and my shoulder and back weren't too happy about being hunched over the tank for that long, either.
    Did you ever stop and imagine how much time it took for such a small tank to be set up? Lol. Just goes to show how much you love this hobby.

    Looking good so far.
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    This is 1/16 teaspoon of dry crystals which ended up as 1/3 cup after being wet:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spardas View Post
    Did you ever stop and imagine how much time it took for such a small tank to be set up? Lol. Just goes to show how much you love this hobby.
    This tank has been redone multiple times over the recent years, and each time, no matter how well I plan ahead of time, it's always a grueling evening. The planting is just one big time-suck. Breaking up all the plants and untangling all their roots so you can get them separated into 100-200 individual pieces, and then PLANTING all that... It definitely takes patience and dedication to the project. There have been a couple of setups that I've actually walked away from and finished over the course of a week just because I couldn't commit those times. One was fairly recently. I bought my marsilea from HanAquatics back in June (or around then). He sent me a lot more than I ordered, which was cool, but it came all in one giant ball of PITA mess. Untangling it and then cutting all the runners up into individual nodes was a nightmare.



    When these small projects of mine take me so long, I don't really think about how long it's taking, but I stop and wonder how long it takes you to put together your setups. I've watched Amano put together some of his tanks and he usually has a team working under him that does all the plant prepping. I've also noticed that his budget on those projects allows him to use larger initial plants instead of being like me and trying to make the most out of a $10 cup haha Do you work fairly quickly through your initial setups, or can it become a slow grind for you?

    I ask because your tanks and scapes have layouts that seem very intricate and well-planned. In my head I picture a shadowy/mysterious figure walking into the room and just working across the tank with purpose and confidence haha Are you like that, or do you just go in all willy-nilly and toss stuff around and rearranging stuff as you work through?



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    I'm definitely willy nilly.
    I haphazardly take a stab at a blind design with a basic idea of how tall stuff is going to end up and what color it'll be after transition from emersed. I can plan and prepare for months for a project but the "vision" doesn't happen for me lol I put in together and if it works it stays if not.... I like surprises like hand me a bunch of something I don't recognize, some random bulbs and a few half dead pots of unidentifiable stems.... I'll stick it somewhere and watch it grow! I like the chaotic wild look in some tanks though so... ;) Had some odd combinations work out well that way.

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    A teaser of the tank:

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    Looks great Andre-like usual! Can't wait for the big reveal.
    75g- Plecos, Rainbowfish, Edlers, Espei, Gouramis, Cory, Loaches, Amano, and misc.
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