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Thread: hP's 90g Planted
10-10-2012, 04:35 AM #31
Thanks Cliff! I was a little worried due to a lot of bend in the wood (no way to plane it) but once it was all screwed together, it came out square. Funny how things like that work!
Will probably be able to get that cross bracing on there this weekend... bought the stain too, although the wood doesn't seem that 'stainable.'
10-10-2012, 04:36 AM #32
0Originally Posted by Shangrila
10-15-2012, 11:09 PM #33
October 15th, Large Pics
Some good progress today, added the substrate to the tank and have it about a 1/4 filled. Just some initial testing of everything really including the stand which it holding strong.
Here are some pics to keep you all from stringing me from the rafters:
Three different substrates being used:
10-15-2012, 11:11 PM #34
October 15th, Large Pics
Substrate Comparison, Activ-Flora black is almost identical to Eco-complete, just a little larger in terms of grain size (Eco is top left, Activ is bottom). The Activ-Flora Red seems like a gravely fired clay:
The goods, really just an NPK fertilizer, would have prefered Osmocote Plus since it contains micronutrients as well but I couldn't find it near by and Eco-complete/Activ Flora should pull micros from the water column which is going to be dosed with Flourish Comprehensive:
Initial Layering of Osmocote:
Initial Layering of Eco-Complete/Activ-Flora Black:
10-15-2012, 11:15 PM #35
Adding more Osmocote:
Adding the Red:
Adding more substrate, notice the slope starting to form:
10-15-2012, 11:16 PM #36
Slowly but surely wins the race guys.
10-15-2012, 11:23 PM #37
This is an awesome build. This should be stickied by a mod as a how to article in how to go about setting up a planted tank or any tank for that matter. Even the detail of adding water to the tank after placing the substrate(s) was well thought out. Just my thought. Wonderful job btw.><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º>
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10-16-2012, 12:20 AM #38
Ahh thanks so much. I like to be thorough because, one its nice see everything really evolve and two because when I was starting out, it can be a little daunting to see a beautiful tank and not know where to begin. Hopefully this can help some people out in their tanks.
Preliminary hardscaping, driftwood only.
10-16-2012, 12:48 AM #39
love this thread. tank is shaping up beautifully~
10-16-2012, 12:50 AM #40
Thanks fishmommie... we should see some pics of your beautiful 90!