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Planned aquascape

Postby Ryanblackheart » Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:47 pm

So I am upgrading my 100 litre tank to a 300 litre (75 gal ish) I’m gonna move my 5 Synos in and have a Mbuna community :) I am planning this to be my forever tank so wanna do it slow and right this is my plan just want some thoughts and constructive criticism

The tank I plan to purchase is 150x38x61cm (67x17x27 for you USA guys an gals)

https://m.imgur.com/gallery/dUlFbQv

The substrate I have is 14kg arogonite 25kg white Samoa sand

The rocks I have are 140kg green granite

https://i.imgur.com/r3IOfcM.jpg

arranged as so

https://imgur.com/gallery/T6HKhOV

I’ve crudely mocked up a photo of finished product

https://imgur.com/gallery/ZIJ9uii

All feedback appreciated
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Re: Planned aquascape

Postby willyg1631 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:43 pm

Good pics Ryan. Should be a successful setup, like the rocks. Bill
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Re: Planned aquascape

Postby DJRansome » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:03 pm

The rocks are absolutely georgous so I hate to suggest any alterations. But because the rocks are large I don't see lots (like dozens) of nooks and crannies for the females to hide in/escape through. I would take off the two balanced on top. Do you have one python-width all the way around the rocks between the rocks and the glass for maintenance?

If you have not bought the sand yet, I would not bother with aragonite.
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Re: Planned aquascape

Postby Ryanblackheart » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:16 pm

How come not to bother with arogonite does it not serve to buffer the water? I have already bought the arogonite but I also have way more than necessary of the Samoa sand so I don’t have to use it

Yes I have a siphon width all the way around

Because the rocks are an island there are nooks and crannies each side I will post some more pictures to get you a better view see if you thibk that I have covered it

I am open to taking one of the rocks and sledgehammering it to make some small pieces to help open up some gaps of what you see is still not enough
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Re: Planned aquascape

Postby Ryanblackheart » Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:19 pm

Advice taken on bird DJ , seeing as I’m committed to these rocks as I don’t have another use for 140 kilos of granite I can lose the one at the far right and spec the rest half an inch apart to create more crevices and runs, I can take the one off the top you suggested and take a sledgehammer to it and use some small pieces to stack up I will be sure to remove edges of the new broken rock
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Re: Planned aquascape

Postby DJRansome » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:28 pm

Adding or swapping out some smaller ones is what I am suggesting. There are boundaries but we are looking for the rocks to be jumbled together so there are crevices within for the females to get completely out of sight or a maze to swim through and lose the male.
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Re: Planned aquascape

Postby Ryanblackheart » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:39 am

DJRansome wrote:Adding or swapping out some smaller ones is what I am suggesting. There are boundaries but we are looking for the rocks to be jumbled together so there are crevices within for the females to get completely out of sight or a maze to swim through and lose the male.


Gotcha :) I’ll get myself a sledgehammer and make the big rocks smaller rocks :)
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Re: Planned aquascape

Postby Ryanblackheart » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:06 pm

Progress update; 1 big rock smashed and then sharp edges ground down

1 big rock turned into 2 medium rocks and 4 small ones

Stacked with mazes and nooks

Gonna repeat this for 2 or 3 more big rocks :)
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Re: Planned aquascape

Postby Ryanblackheart » Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:08 am

I think I’m talking to myself at this point but I’m having fun :p so update; I ditched 4 big stones broke down 1 but found it split into sharp jagged pieces not the boulder shape I’d like so after reading almost every rock based post in this forum ha ha I have bought some PVC elbow joints to add hides, I’ve checked they sink and I’m gonna hide them behind current rocks :) I am also going to place to rocks on square granite cobbles to raise the whole island 2 inches so when I add 2 inch of substrate it won’t bury half the island I will separate these square cobbles an inch apart so when they dig they will open up pits to nestle in
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Re: Planned aquascape

Postby DJRansome » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:44 am

The center part looks great. Lay the PVC on it's side and considering using them to raise the pile instead of the cobbles. I would not add more than one inch of substrate.
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