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Hi,

I bought a used 150 Gallon off of craigslist, which is 48" Long x 24" Deep x 30" High.

That now makes my collection a 150 Gallon, 90 Gallon, and 65 Gallon. And I am only 17 ;).... its gonna suck when I move out lol.

Specs!
  • 4x 54W T5HO Bulbs @ 5000K.
  • Fluval 304 + Rena XP3
  • ~120 pounds of Eco-Complete
  • Penquin HOB Filter

This is how it looked when I got it:


I use Behr Stain in a very dark brown color... almost black.

Now this is what it looks like:







As you can see, I foamed up the bunch of rocks in the middle so that they will never fall. I then put aquarium safe resin/glue on the foam, which I then put on some Eco-Complete so that plants can get some nutrients when attached to the rock for hopefully, better growth. I also created a caves for the females to get in when they get so they aren't constantly harassed by the males ;).

I want to make the tank fairly heavily planted. With lots of easy-growing moss on the rocks. Hope to make it look like rocky jungle.

I, just yesterday, picked up 13 Burundi Frontosas from kodak. They are beautiful and not shy. He still has some left ;). They are currently @ 1.25 - 2.0" big. I will take a video and a few pictures later on today :D.

I would like people's input on what are nice looking/growing low to medium light plants.
 

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That looks cool, I can't wait until I can get something bigger than my 80gal. Im not positive but I think the frontosa will end up destroying any plants you put in there. Double check on that though.
 

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Hmmm.... that could be true. I did lots of research before I bought them.

It really depends on each fish, because websites like this say they don't harm or burrow plants. But even on the replies they talk about methodically uprooting them...

I think I need to put them in soon, so that they are too little to uproot them and they can get used to them.

I have seen more than three websites now that say plants work. They do uproot them according to one, but I think I can put small stones around the large portions of plants.

Thanks for your input!
 

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Thanks! The Pics and videos are uploading now, from a crappy point and shoot :D So don't expect anything amazing...

It might take a bit for the videos ;)
 

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Good job for the rock work, however, I don't think frontosas will go well with plants. First of all, Frontosas might uproot the plants, and secondly, I think plants will lower the PH of the water. Frontosas are from Lake Tanganyika where water PH is quiet high.
 

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That could very well be true, but it always depends on the fish. Some fish that are usually aggressive might be docile, and some who wold always uproot plants might not, or might leave a few of them alone.

Who knows, :D its worth a try, otherwise I will just try it out on a different tank.

Lots of the plants will be tied to the rocks as well, as for pH, my hose water tested at 7.8 around. Even if the plants do lower pH, then the water should equalize it.

Here are the pics:D (Videos couldn't upload for some reason :( will fix that when I am home)





 

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They may not do it now, but they will later. It would be a shame to invest in plants that will eventually be torn up.

In addition, you'll have to find plants that can withstand the high PH...not many from what I recall.
 

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Nice tank you got there. Can`t wait for the vidoes :p
 

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Update:

I bought these from AquaticMagic w/ free shipping!
2 x Red Tiger Lotus - US $11.66
2 x Pellia - US $9.90
4 x Philippine Java fern - US $27.80
4 x Cryptocoryne wendtii green x 3 stalk - US $17.00
3 x Anubias barteri Gold - US $16.35
4 x Java Fern - US $19.80
3 x Anubias nana barteri - US $12.75

For a total of $ 115.26 USD... probably more than I need :D I could sell extras for cost to members here.

AquaticMagic Website
 

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Easily done ;P.... dark Behr stain and just coat it along the grain until you cant see it anymore :D

Whatever paint/stain gets on the glass and be wiped off. If it dries then its a bit harder. I used a square exacto-knife to peel it off.
 
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