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    New 75 Gallon Scape

    Ive had this 75 gallon tank setup before, but due to being a novice i rushed into things and the outcome was.......terrible ! Ive decided to take things slowly (even though its killing me) and decide exactly how i want things. The setup im going for is a little bit of everything...Dutch style, Amano & Iwagumi. Im not sure how it will come out, but in my head it looks excellent ha ha!

    75 Gallon standard
    4x 54w Catalina T5ho
    Rena XP-3
    Pressurized C02 with Rex style reactor
    Seachem Flourite (Dark)
    Pool Filter Sand (maybe)

    I emptied this tank around 8 days ago, the last setup was a mess, i kept adding plants to it without fully knowing what care was needed for them, so some died whilst some went crazy and blocked everything else from the light.


    I decided whilst the tank was empty i would scub the inside of the tank with a bleach mix to kill any nasties that was growing on the silicone or glass itself. This also gave me a chance to connect my reactor.


    Next was to decide what i wanted as the main focal point, using the "rule of thirds" i decided that a leftover piece of driftwood i had from another tank would be perfect. The piece seems just the right height and has tons of potential to grow Anubias, java fern and/or moss around the base or the branches.


    Next up was to decide the layout of the actual tank. Ive seen lots of "island" & "beach" effects by dividing 2 different color substrates which i like. Making 2 islands would be great to keep Iwagumi away from the Dutch & Amano styles. I decided to use plexi glass and cut them into strips, being 2" high. I used a candle to heat the plexi glass and bend it to the shapes i wanted. After i got the correct shapes i just simply siliconed them to the bare bottom of the tank. Once the silicone was dry i decided to pour the flourite from the bag straight into the tank (yep, no rinsing) I dont see the point in rinsing the substrate, you pay all that money for the goodness inside the substrate only to ....wash it all away ! Makes no sense to me.


    Turns out im 2 bags short (only used 2 bags in the pics) but hopefully the LFS will have these for me on Friday. I filled the tank with water and will leave it for 24 hours before i switch my filter on. I did have a few suspended particles but i just used kitchen paper towels to soak them up which worked very well.
    Underneath the driftwood and the right hand side of the tank i used pool filter sand in some panties to make the "hills". Once i get the other 2 bags of substrate i will make the left side a little more hilly. This picture was taken straight after the water was in........ not too cloudy considering i didnt rinse it !


    This is the left side of the tank where i would like a dutch style background with a Amano foreground and around the "tree stump"


    This is the right side where im hoping to grow HC in a Iwagumi style.

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    Love the step by step pics. Looking forward to seeing how this progresses. :

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    Yes....staying tuned.....

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    Decided to do a DSM with Hemianthus callitrichoides (HC), Glosso and dwarf hairgrass for the right hand side of the tank. Not sure which i will use yet it just depends which one grows quickest :-)
    Still waiting on the rest of my substrate to arrive so at the moment i have to sit and wait :-(

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    Decided to do a DSM
    What is a DSM?

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    Dry start method, sorry i got lazy to type a few extra words !

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    This weekend i tried not to rush things so went slowly. Managed to get the rest of the flourite and sand , still not sure about the light color of the sand but it will do....for now.
    I planted the HC and tried a few stem plants in areas, although not sure exactly where i want the plants just yet. Ive ordered some more stem plants so hopefully i will have a better idea on wednesday when they arrive.......but for now , here are the recent pics. The tank is still a little cloudy because i dont rinse the flourite, why wash the good stuff away ? AThe flat rock is holding the driftwood down and will be moved in a week or 2 once its waterlogged.








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    Update?........

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    So 2-3 months later this is what i have so far. Although its not exactly how i want it, its going to have to do ! The Dutch style planting is the hardest part since i cant get them to bunch nicely together. At this stage im basically letting my plants grow so when it comes to trimming them, i can double up on the planting and hopefully make them more compact. Anyway, enough talking here are some pics.....


    The plants look a lot brighter and healthier in person, my photography skills can be blamed for whats below :-)











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    Excellent!

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