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Fluval Flex - Island Scape

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So I finally had the chance to re-scape my Fluval Flex. This was my very first tank in the hobby; now that my collection of tanks has grown to 3 - I was able to move all my fish and give this tank the attention it deserves.
I had in mind an island scape, using just hardscape I had already.

Like many people, I started with plastic plants. But after discovering sites like this I soon wanted to move to real plants.
So after stripping it down and giving it a good clean, here was my blank canvas:

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I’d added the 3D background when I first got the tank, it was firmly siliconed in place so it had to stay. Besides it would match the seiryu stone I had in mind.

First the driftwood, I had 4 fairly small pieces which I wanted to look like one big piece:

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Then the seiryu stones to create my island and contain the Tropica Soil, and surrounded by white sand (which was the original substrate in this tank):

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Next planting.....


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Patrick Crowley

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Thanks Ryan, good idea . I learned something today, seiryu stone is hard!!!

Well, i prepped my plants:

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Then planted the tank:

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I have mature filter media, so I can stock it fairly soon. Any ideas what to stock with? What would suit it?



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alto

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Looks good
I really like that background with the hardscape stone - perhaps it doesnt look as real irl but for the camera it's perfect :)

Just a note, the Anubias is in the brightest part of the tank
 

Patrick Crowley

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Looks good
I really like that background with the hardscape stone - perhaps it doesnt look as real irl but for the camera it's perfect :)

Just a note, the Anubias is in the brightest part of the tank

The background is really a nice product, most importantly it is thin, so does not reduce a smallish tank anymore. I took a short video before I installed it if anyone is interested (sorry it’s shot in portrait...)

 

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