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#1 Scars

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:47 PM

Here's how the 10 gallon started. Piecing together eggcrate for general shape. Black painted background.

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Heres after I foamed, cemented, and added the pool filter sand.

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This is how it sits now. I'm getting some dwarf baby tears from a friend soon to start the carpet. I'll be adding moss and plants to the above ground part soon.

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The waterfall

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My black crowntail will be living here.

Edited by Scars, 03 March 2012 - 11:48 PM.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:06 AM

Its really sweet but its not going to be too much current for him is it? Also, how full is it getting? Great job on it though!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:23 AM

Theres a very light current but not enough to move the leaves of the plants around. Im pretty sure he'll be fine. I cant wait to get started on the carpet plants. This will look so much better when its grown in. I actually brought the water level down more. He's going to have about 5 gallons of water in the system.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:55 AM

I think it looks great! :)

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:41 PM

Wow!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:55 PM

I love this tank! That is just so amazingly cool!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:39 PM

Thanks everyone! I changed my mind, Im going to get a white HMPK for the tank. It'll look so much better when the tank is grown in and the bettas used to his new home. Im excited!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:18 PM

That is looking good!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 11:34 PM

I did a big water change today with 90% RO/DI water, replanted, gave a heavy dose of ferts and co2. I currently have the two 15w flourescents and a 24" dual t5ho sitting on the tank. My dwarf baby tears carpet should be arriving tomorrow, my Platinum halfmoon plakat should be here tuesday morning. I'll take the t5ho's off when the betta gets here but I can tell how much my plants are loving the light right now!

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Excuse how dirty the glass is! I havent bothered cleaning it since it gets wet so much right now lol Also the water is heavy with ferts. The carpet and the plants should soak it up quickly!

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 05:20 PM

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I planted some Telanthera to add some color to my stem forest. I also added this emerged grass stuff and really like it. My HC carpet should be arriving any day now. My platinum HMPK will be here tomorrow morning. This tank is going to look SO much better as it matures.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 05:08 AM

Looks good. I think a darker fish would stand out better agains the white sand that a white or platinum fish, but I'm sure it will be cool either way. Can't wait to see it with the fish in it and more grown in.

I do have a major question: What did you use to "foam and cement" your form? I'm in the process of setting up a similar tank; I bought a "mountain" decoration that will stick up above the water level, but I need to expand the mountain in both directions, and I've been trying to figure out what to use to do that. I asked about fimo clay, but had a couple of "probably not safe" responses and I don't want to hurt my poor boy once he's in there. I've been wracking my brains over this. Help! :notworthy:

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:50 AM

I actually dumped the rock since Ive gotten my betta in there. He kept getting stuck behind the rock. I'll be building a better paludarium soon. One that I'll actually cement into the tank. I was planning on a black orchid CT but i figured with the carpet and the low water level already that itd be a better idea to go plakat, then i figured the platinum would look super baller against the green carpet and red/green stem plants.




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