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jhammons 04-03-2010 09:19 PM

My 55G Project
Well I just wanted to post a few quick pictures of how the tank is coming. Still needs a lot of work, but it will get there.

This is what it looked like a few days ago...

Here is what it looks like tonight...

Got some new substrate and driftwood. I have ordered some plants from SA, that should be in next week. Next stop is to get rid of the HOB filter, then look into some new lighting. I was thinking of getting the XP3 filter, what do all you guys think ?

PST...Sorry for the blurry pictures, I really need to get a tri-pod !

Austin 04-03-2010 09:22 PM

Nice. :] Did all the platies die? =[

Can't wait to see it planted! ^^ Idk about the filter, btw, sorry.

jhammons 04-03-2010 09:28 PM

Yeah sadly I did lose the platies:cry:, having some weird issues with the tank. I am hoping once everything settles down and I get it all planted things will even out.

I will post some more pictures this week once it is planted !!

Byron 04-04-2010 07:29 PM

I like the background; I have something similar (in that it is a grayish rock wall pic) behind my 90g though with all the plants you can't really tell. When you have live plants, that background will be neutral enough to set them off nicely, but not strong enough to distract your view from the plants. Looking forward to the next photos with plants. Nice work; my one suggestion would be to move the wood a bit in from the wall; not centre tank, which looks contrived and artificial, but just in maybe half the length of the wood. It will add the perception of more length to the tank when there is space between wood and the end wall.


jhammons 04-04-2010 07:51 PM

Thank you for the advise, I will get on moving the driftwood over. Yeah I thought the background was nice when I added it, I am thinking of just going pure black. I hope when I am finished with everything and plants grow in you wont be able to see it...:-D! BTW Byron I love your tanks, I hope you believe that old adage about "imitation is the greatest form of flattery" because I will be "borrowing" some ideas from your tanks. :)

jhammons 04-05-2010 05:31 PM

Moved the driftwood over some to the left, is that what you were talking about ?

jeaninel 04-05-2010 05:38 PM

That look better. It also makes it easier to clean the inside glass when the wood is not right up against it.
I like the color of that substrate. It goes nicely with the background. Should look great once you get the plants in.

Byron 04-05-2010 06:46 PM

I agree with jeaninel, that is a nice blend of substrate and background. That wood could maybe be turned a bit, clockwise (looking from above), exactly where it is; experiment a little and see what you think. I often fiddle with wood a lot before deciding.

jhammons 04-05-2010 07:25 PM

It is getting there, turned the piece around as suggested. Starting to look more natural I think, your suggestions are paying off. Thank you to everyone for the comments and advise. I am still trying to get all this figured out, and when the plants come in, I am going to be lost all over again. I have been reading everything I can to learn about fish and plants, just SO much to learn. One day at a time !! Thanks again to everyone for the kind words, suggestions, and advise !!

Byron 04-05-2010 07:34 PM

That's it. It now appears to me as if the wood is quite naturally coming into the tank, so to speak, from the rocks behind, much as chunks of fallen tree or roots would in nature. And when there are plants softening the distinction between rock and wood, it will be even more natural in appearance.:thumbsup:


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