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90x45x45 medium tech :)

GlenD

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Okay so my tank has arrived, it’s in a temporary location before I re-do some laminate floor on Friday. So I thought I’d start playing with some scape ideas.

It’s my first try, so be gentle!

The tank is a new offering from Clearseal called a Clearscape. I ordered a 90 cm x 45 cm x 45 cm from Aquarium Gardens.

It’s going to be a dirt tank, medium energy but fairly high tech.

Equipment:
Fluval 307 external filter
TMC 25W UV steriliser
D&D temperature controller
CO2 kit from Aquarium Gardens
AI prime freshwater LED lighting
250W heater
50/50 aquatic compost and Irish moss peat, capped with 1-2 mm grain size gravel.
Foreground white quartz sand

I’ll be using moderate light levels, moderate doseing of TNC complete and keeping CO2 around 15ppm opposed to the normal 30ppm.

I live in London and obviously have hard tapwater, so I’m using 50/50 RO/tap.

Anyway here is attempt one.
 

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Siege

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Cool glen.

I’d suggest moving the rocks towards the glass more at the corners. Think nature, it doesn’t need to be symmetrical.
You only want a small area of cosmetic soil. More area for plant mass.

Bank the soil up super high.

It was good to meet yourself and your wife on Sunday. :)
 

rebel

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Dude are you using a single AI prime on a 90cm?
 

GlenD

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Yup... 2 reasons...

1. I'm too cheap to buy another one yet :)
2: I love shimmer..

I'm getting around this by a) doing an island scape, so the plants are only going to be in a 15" x 26" section. b) the light is going to be raised up and power turned up to compensate. Remember I'm going for a moderate light intensity.

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I'd agree with @Siege that the rock formation may be too symmetrical -- it just looks very neat, which I guess doesn't feel natural.

Great concept and I look forward to seeing how it evolves.
 

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Nice tension in the rocks and wood placement the sand looks to clean though IMO some small gravel stones just banking up to the rock would make it look more natural the sand looks quiet think are you planting in to it at all straighten the sand at the front and give it a slight slope to the rocks
Cheers
Jay
 

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Just read my post back it wasnt mentioned to be negative glen sorry if it came across that way
Cheers
Jay
 

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I've you filled it slowly then you wont have disturbed any thing just sounds to me like you did a good slow job filling it mate
 

GlenD

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The outflow pipe that comes from the tank to the external filter has T added. One side of the T goes to the external filter, while the other goes to an ehiem inline tap connector. The tap connector is a double tap union where each tap can be disconnected. One tap stays on the pipe in the off position so no water comes out, when it comes to water change my water change hose has the other tap connector union half, I connect it to the other half under the tank. Then it’s a case of turning both taps and the water will be pumped/flow out the outflow into the water change hose and outside.

This is the union double tap connector thingy
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eheim-Doub...hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4583589102986047&psc=1
 

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I also ended up making my own inlet and dual outlet pipes for the tank. Using 20mm PVC pipe. On the outlets I used a 32mn to 20mm reducer but kind of the other way around. So essentially the outlet goes from a 20 mm tube opens up into a 32 mm cone, gives a nice diffuse flow. I didn’t fancy glass, so I went for DIY :)
 

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