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    Default A new start - 4ft low tec

    Hello again all. Have had a bit of a long break from fish keeping, but the bug has caught again. So decided this one i would build it from the ground up. Im recycling an old tank but everything else has been made for the build. Plan has changed several times over the build but im happy with the progress. So its a four foot, DIY lighting and cannister filter, inline heater. Substrate DIY mixture as well.














    The dome in the soil will end up being covered in moss - act as a cave. Think im ok with the hard scape, need to add a little more soil. Plants will be a variety of Crypts, Swords, Aponogeton and the like. Will be putting an order into aquagreen soon.
    Still not 100% on fish but most likely to be another Loach community tank.
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    so photo links not showing up. I used links from google pics. Will look into fixing - Fixed!!!
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    Photos are showing fine for me

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    this looks nice, though do you think those lights will be strong enough?
    Suppose it does depend on your planting choices though

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    Yay more loaches. I love the drift wood coming out of the tank. Ive always had a hood so not tried something like that. Look forward to seeing it planted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luked View Post
    this looks nice, though do you think those lights will be strong enough?
    Suppose it does depend on your planting choices though
    cheers, the plants will only be low maint plants. Crypts and the like. the lights are 30w floods. 6500k. Should do the trick.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyking View Post
    Yay more loaches. I love the driftwood coming out of the tank. I've always had a hood so not tried something like that. Look forward to seeing it planted!
    I know, I was actually going to do a different species this time but couldn't bring myself to do it. Give hoodless a go. Ive never gone back since the first time i removed the hood.
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    Currently cycling out tannins and the plants list is in
    looking at planting
    Aponogeton crispus
    Aponogeton rigidifolia
    Cryptocoryne balansae
    Cryptocoryne spiralis
    Cryptocoryne wendtii red and green
    Echinodorus amazonicus
    Echinodorus martii
    Echinodorus tenellus
    Nymphaea lotus
    And some moss for the bubble. Undecided what type as yet.
    The gap in the plants at the top - has black elephant leaves "Colocasia Esculenta". Hoping the will sprout soon and fill in the space.
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