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Old 03-14-2013, 02:36 PM   #141
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Going to try to do a good job of going step by step with this. Least I can do for everyone having to wait weeks for this tank to actually happen.



Oh it's an empty tank! YAY? Actually it's to show that I can learn commonsense eventually. I put the background on before the tank was filled! How about that? So much easier! That is black poster board from the Hobby Lobby cut to to size by myself. I want all out with a T square and rulers. My other tanks have black aquarium backgrounds. I found them to be shiny though and think this will be better. Hat tip to Byron for the idea. Lurking has it's advantages.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:41 PM   #142
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Kind of makes me nostalgic for my old terrariums. I never used live plants in those though. Oh I bet that would be a fun project. Regardless though this is the Mircale Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix. That last word is super important, hence why it's in bold. I dumped straight from the bag and pressed it firmly to a depth of about 1.75". An odd number right? Well I had 25 pounds of Tahitian Moon Sand. 20 lbs would give me a depth of 1" in a 20 gallon long. So by using some mad math skills and a few fingers I figured out how to get a substrate depth of 3 inches.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:46 PM   #143
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Tahitian Moon Sand added. This picture was taken in the midst of edging with a credit card. Hat tip to redchigh for it. It serves no purpose other than looks so it is option. The left side is edged, while the right side hasn't been and you can see the difference. It basically hides the layers and giving the substrate a uniform look.

More to come later. This has been the easy part. Next up is hardscape and planting. Two things that drive me crazy. The appeal of a 20L is it's length and short height. I have to do my best to accentuate that length. I know what I have to do. Knowing how to do it is something completely different.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:57 PM   #144
 
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LoL you've done something I have never managed to do. That's putting a background on an empty tank!

Ohh another way to keep the dirt and sand from mixing and having an inform look is using egg crates.
You cut the egg crates to the width and lenght of the tank. Then line the tank with it. Add sand infront of it and on top of it. In the middle you add the dirt and the sand top. The egg crate keeps the sand and dirt from shifting.
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:57 PM   #145
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LoL you've done something I have never managed to do. That's putting a background on an empty tank!

Ohh another way to keep the dirt and sand from mixing and having an inform look is using egg crates.
You cut the egg crates to the width and lenght of the tank. Then line the tank with it. Add sand infront of it and on top of it. In the middle you add the dirt and the sand top. The egg crate keeps the sand and dirt from shifting.
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Seriously what is wrong with us when it comes to backgrounds? Try to put it on when the tank is filled and you just never get it right! i made up my mind I'm doing it this way and it worked.

Good tip! I heard of using a border of the cap, but not sure if I've heard of using the egg crate or not. I have no plan in place as to where to plant so I just opted for this route. Some with more forethought and skill than me that reads this though should be able to make use of that idea.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:01 PM   #146
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Hardscape. Short and sweet it's the driftwood. Looks amazing with the Java fern against the dark substrate and background. I had to bury it and I'm hoping it stays there when I flood the tank. I was unhappy with the look of the rocks and also clueless as to where to put them to try to have them at least look somewhat natural.

I'm going to start flooding and then plant before I finish flooding. If anyone thinks the wood (ie focal point) should be moved, let me know. I'm clueless about that stuff despite knowing the "golden rule".
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:18 PM   #147
 
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Off to a good start! That is one pretty piece of wood, love the Javas. The 'golden' rule of thirds, lol. . . old trick, that - as is putting the background on FIRST. ;) Except when the darn thing manages to fall off several months in on an immobile tank. heh. I think you'll find that getting photos is much easier with a matte backround behind the glass. There IS still the glass to contend with, but it does help with dimming down reflections. :) Why MIX? Keep 'em coming - I'm LOVING the play-by-play!
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:38 PM   #148
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Yeah with the wood I wasn't able to hit the thirds rule horizontally. I did try and keep it off center though while giving myself space to plant behind and to the left of it. The good news is that it looks like it's somewhat close to the horizontal two thirds.

That was another thing I liked about the poster board. Actually it's not poster board, but I can't currently think of what it is called. It has some thickness to it and stays stiff and straight. I put it on and no air bubbles! No waste of time trying to remove said air bubbles only to have them return. Of course all that would have been easier to do if I put the background on first!
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:44 PM   #149
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A surprisingly decent picture coming from me. Maybe I'm learning. I left the plate in there to so everyone how I filled the tank up. I have to say I'm extremely happy with the TMS. You can see some cloudiness from air bubbles. What you can't see because it's not their is cloudiness from the substrate. Oddly a tiny bit of sand floated in small groups on the water. I literally mean on the surface of the water, not the water column. Touching it was enough to send it right back to the substrate. I like the looks,like the ease. Good choice Jes!

I realize I still have to plant, so my feelings could change, but this is the first time I've gotten even this far in a tank setup and have been happy with the looks. Normally I'm beyond frustrated by now. This time I'm ecstatic.

Picture isn't as good as I thought.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:46 PM   #150
 
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This is looking great!
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