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Huge Driftwood - New 110g Tall Setup

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Jro, Feb 23, 2018.

  1. Jro

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    Hey Gang,

    My wife got a new 125 gallon tall so that means I get her 90 gallon. Exciting!

    I have a piece of Malaysian driftwood someone gave to me years ago and I've been wanting to really use it. I couldn't until now because it is pretty big. It is about 33" wide by 11" deep and 20" high.

    Here are some pics. I might have taken some of these pictures at an angle.

    Side measurement.

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    Height:

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    Depth:

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    This will be a work in progress because I have to put money aside for the equipment however I am super excited to be working on another project. I am not sure if I will go hi-tech or low-tech yet.

    I was hoping for some suggestions from the community.

    Thanks for popping by!

    Cheers,

    J
     
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    Here are some more pics. I believe this should be the front of the driftwood as this side looks the best.

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    This is the left side:

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    Left side at an angle:

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    The back side is quite flat. I will have to use rocks underneath to prop it up like this but it seems quite stable.

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    The driftwood is also quite heavy. I would estimate around 50 lbs.

    I am thinking that this piece will sit on the right side of the tank at an angle building a planter in the back right corner with background plants. I am thinking sand will be in the front and all over the left side of the tank, creating a big open area for fish to swim around.

    When I pick up some painter's tape, I will draw an outline and play around with it.

    What do you guys think?

    Cheers.

    J
     
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    This piece of driftwood has been sitting in the middle of my living room floor for a few days now.

    Personal random musings I've had staring at it:

    - I wonder if limnophila sessiflora or vallisneria would work for the back planted area. Maybe something else?
    - I think the left side of the driftwood where the two ends meet would be a lovely place for some bolbitis heufelotii. I have never had luck with this fern in my other tank even with high light, CO2, fertilizers, and flow.
    - Another idea would be to just cover the whole driftwood with anubias barteri, nana, with lanceolata or similar around the lower parts. I could fill in most of the spaces with moss.....
    - I could cover it in java fern too.

    Much to think about!


    Cheers,


    Jro

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    Beautiful piece of hardscape. Could really help to create depth in the tank.

    To add to your ideas, you could consider something draped over it and hanging down. Like HC.
     
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    Looks like a nice piece! The only thing I would do is have something growing on it that gets rid of that straight edge at the top, maybe moss. I’m interested to see what you end up creating.
     
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    Nice piece. I actually also like the front view, maybe if your aquarium is viewable from 2 sides you can try and work from both angles.

    Boblitis might get to big and weedy/hard to control. Here is another suggestion Hygrophila pinnatifida, much easier to control and get great highlights on the wood.
     
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    Great idea, thank you!

    Hygrophila pinnatifida looks like an amazing plant. Would I attach it to hardscape like I would with anubias?

    J
     
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    So I've had a change in plans. My wife doesn't want the new tank it is a little tall for her. We thought it was a 125 gallon but I think it is actually a 110 gallon tall. It measures to 48W x 16D x 31H.

    So I guess I will be using it instead! I've never done a tall tank before so this will be fun!

    Here is a picture:

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    Looks like I am going to have to price out some new lights. 31" is pretty deep.

    Thanks for reading. More to come.

    J
     
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    Yes or stick it in a hole. H. pinnatifida branches easily and is capable of sending stolon like branches. This results in rapid colonization of the surface. Once a stem gets long trim it leaving just 2 nodes to branch even further. If you want you can get nice carpet like growth with roots hanging... Need to keep up on water ferts though.
     
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    Hi All,

    I am very new to forum etiquette. Please excuse my ignorance if this is common knowledge. I just had a couple of questions.

    1) Would a moderator be able to change the title of this journal from 90 gallon to 110 gallon?

    2) May I start this journal on another forum or blog on it? Or is it proprietary content? I would be updating everything at the same time.

    Thank you in advance.


    J



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    That looks fun.

    I wonder how much of a challenge it would be to have enough PAR at the substrate to grow plants there without nuking those near the surface.

    Are you planning on using the same wood?
     
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    You bet! I will be soaking the wood later today. No turning back now!

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    Excellent :cool:
     
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    Figured out how to change the title.

    J
     
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    Today I put the driftwood in the tank for the first time. I have been having much difficulty finding a container to soak the driftwood. The largest Rubbermaid chests are slightly too small. Width-wise they are fine at 48", I just can't find one that I can comfortably leave the whole driftwood submersed. So it looks like I will be soaking the driftwood in the tank. It is pretty awkward to move around and I can't imagine how heavy it would be when it is completely soaked. So I am thinking this is probably the best solution.

    You'll notice I put some lights on the tank as well. I made an impulse purchase yesterday and forgot to take unboxing pictures. Those are 2 Kessil Tuna Sun A360WE's. It might be a bit overkill but I got them for a pretty good price. I was a little concerned about the 31" depth, now I don't have to. I feel it gives me a little flexibility in the flora I choose for the tank.

    Here is a pic.

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    The "Fish Office" is coming around quite nicely :D

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    Excuse the mess. It has been a whirlwind of activity in here the last week and a half ;)

    Here is a shot from the front:

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    I wasn't sure what kind of lights I was going to get and was originally going to put a whole bunch of T5HO's on the tank. Because I went with LED's on impulse, I did not take into account the shadows.There are a bit more shadows from the driftwood than I would have thought. The front right corner of the tank is a little obscured and there might not be plants there unless I get a little creative.

    I will soak the driftwood in the next couple of days and will play around with the lights / driftwood to see if I can reduce that shadow..

    I also picked up a used Eheim Professional 2 and a used Fluval 406. I am contemplating moving my Fluval FX5 that is on my 55 gallon over to this tank and replacing it with those two.

    What color of backgrounds are your favorites? I am thinking about putting black vinyl on the back.

    Until next time!


    J
     
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    Enjoying this thread so far.

    Subscribed and looking forward to seeing where this goes.
     
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    I'm watching!

    Do you ride? Noticed all the horse pics around the room!
     
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    My wife used to manage a horse ranch so she absolutely loves her horses. I have done some riding but allergies get to me.

    I had no say in the decor in the house but I do get fish tanks! Compromises!


    J

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    Awesome! Wife got me started 2 decades ago.
    Now I scramble through rough terrain on a hot horse, the women are not keeping up though. :D
     
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    Tank is deep, promoting wet armpits I see.
     
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