50G planted tank setup journal

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Since my old planted tank i recently setup seems to be doing well, and i was bored with my paludarium i decide to buy a new tank thats approximately 50G (36" x 18" x 18") and start a 2nd planted tank...

ATM I havent quite decided on what type of scape i want to create, but wanted to start a thread first to keep track of my progress similar to my last planted tank thread...

So to start off with just a pic of the tank being emptied after a test fill for now... Although will add pics as over the next few days as i start adding stuff to the tank...

Any ideas or thoughts on which direction i should take are welcome, since at present i'm debating between an iwagami tank, or maybe some type of forrest type layout, although other ideas are always welcome...

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^ True, they can and do look good, might be worth adding to the list of ideas :)


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So went and did some shopping yesterday, picked up two 9L bags of ADA Amazonia large grain soil to start off with and a set of 4 lamp T5HO lighting...

The lighting and 2 bags of dirt...
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Quick pic of the tank after marking it up ready to be aquascaped...
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Quick pic of the tank after adding the first inch of dirt to create the base layer...
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Now i just have to decide on the direction i want to take this tank in... basically going to start it off as a Crystal Red Shrimp tank and try to build a large colony of shrimp before deciding if and what fish to keep...

Although i have to say the direction to take with this tank has got me some what stumped... still can't decide if i want to go iwagami or more of a forrest looking type tank similar to one of the tanks pictured below...

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This tank i like quite a lot, although trying to find driftwood like in the picture will be tricky to say the least...
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Or even something like this with a tree kinda design...
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So now just gotta go out and pick up the filters, and possibly some glass intake and output tubes along with a heater and a few other items and i should be set and ready to scape this tank... at least once i find all the right pieces of materials that is...

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Went out and did a bit more shopping for the new tank today...

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So now just got a few more things to pick up and then i should be ready to start to focusing on designing the tank layout setup...

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Im doing something similar with my 20 gallon aquarium, though a little bit on a budget! Best of luck with the design
 

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Im doing something similar with my 20 gallon aquarium, though a little bit on a budget! Best of luck with the design
Thanks :)

Actually i've been doing okay so far price wise and kept it all reasonably cheap...

So far i would say i've spent approximately in USD:

Tank $90
4 lamp T5-HO Lights $90
Eden 522 Filter $100
Glass pipes $25.5
Drop checker $7.5
White background $free
2 pounds Bio ceramics $5
2X ADA 9L amazonia soil $41

For a total of: $359

All thats left to buy is a Co2 kit and the deco / plants and i'll be ready to go...

Although i do realize that part can quickly add up as well :)


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Ill stay tuned, your last planted tank thread was pretty cool
 

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^ Thanks :)

And i'm happy to say i think i've decided on the direction i want to take this tank, althogh trying to find the right piece(s) of driftwood might take a little while...


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Over the last week went out got a few more items and stuck on the white background on the tank...

And in spirit of keeping up with the price checklist:

Driftwood $32
Rocks: $57.7

Bringing the current total spent to $448.7 so far...

Anyway, here are two quick pics of the hardscape as it is right now... Still got few minor tweaks to make and i should be close to getting the tank ready for planting...

So any comments / suggestions welcome :)

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