540L DIY Project - 200 X 45 X 60

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    100% @andries, very silly of me to do that, i was actually storing my rocks and wood to keep them out the way. I will be putting a layer of pool sand below and make sure that the rocks are not loose. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.


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    Pool sand in, hardscape in. Now all i need is lights. I have the 2xT5 80w and 2x t5 55 w. Just struggling to find ballasts. Anyone know where i can het them. LFS doesnt keep them

    Here are some pics of the scape so far

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    Your hard scape looks really good. Very impressive. I got my T5 ballasts from Voltex in PE - meaning you will need to find an electronics store. This means you will need to wire it yourself but the wiring diagram isn't too difficult to follow.
     
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    Awesome thanks ill check it out, will update soon as i get them


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    You may have to ask around. I got mine at least 4 or 5 years back. One is no longer but the second is going strong (touch wood). Will be looking for another 2 next month probably.
     
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    Easy to find the lower wattage ones. Ill ask our electrician at work and see what he can come up with. They are quiet pricy as wel


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    Really like the scape. Did you pre-soak the wood? If not it may float.
     
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    Thanks, the wood on the left side is very heavy im assuming it will sink, the one on the right side has been soaking in my pool, hasn’t sunk yet. I will keep an eye on it as i fill it up. Hopefully im right :p


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    PFS flattens out very quickly with water / fish movement. So if you are expecting something to keep shape then make sure you have flow safe terraces. I'll be adding OC+ to that list , if you are going to go root tabs - then a substrate of PFS should probably be around 2-3cm or a bit more to help hide the prills and give the roots some chance of digging around.

    I like the left hand side of the scape, not sure about the right - long term it might need some heights or maybe the log is removed ... at the moment it is almost like I am looking at two different scape ideas on executed on the left the other on the right.

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    awesome feedback @f-fish, thanks very much, i was looking to do some kind of tree island, but was also thinking to scrap it and get a similar look to the left side. I actually ran out of dragon rock, i thought maybe i could fill it up will some green when i start planting. the front of the tank is very low on sand, i think i went about 3 cms, but the back is very high where I will be planting. should i be mising is with some other soil? OC+ ?? not sure what that means lol. I will be going root tabs, but never used them so i will be asking for advice on how to..
     
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    Looks awesome @Ammar

    Love the rocks and wood
    I agree with f-fish... I would take the 'tree' away from the right side and leave the flowing left to right effect
    Also as mentioned, you will need to place some rocks in a way as to hold the height of the sand at the back or it will slowly disperse itself

    All in all.. looks awesome, well done
     
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    thank you so much @MariaS , so you reckon i should leave it bear on the right? or fill it up with a bit more. i really was keen on having a moss tree in the tank.. its so difficult to fit it in now. I will get some plastic support panels and dig them into the sand to try and keep it from dispersing.
     
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    @Ammar... I like the tree idea... but no quite where it is...

    I like the flowing look of the 'mountain' on the left, flowing down to the valley on the right.. if I can describe it that way...

    Ummm.. @f-fish... what about the tree on the right corner more towards the back... maybe it will give depth and not break the flow of the rocks?
     
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    i guess that could work, what about bring the tree as part of the mountain or would it be too big?
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    @Ammar, just try it ...could work...and take a picture... think its the best way to see...

    Now its easy to move it around and see how you like it best... after its full its a pain ...
     
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    i will do it tonight and post some updates, i think it could work well.the rock around the current tree can be used as a continuation to the mountain. i might go slightly higher with the far left side so the tree look a bit more in proportion.
    pity im at work lol.. im too excited about this!!

    Plant wise im thinking Valis behind the mountain, lot of Java ferns and mosses. and i will be attempting a sandfall as well
     
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    @f-fish do you give crash courses in this!!! holy moly its a science on its own! i will read the thread in more detail. you mention the flow of plants.. what plants would you fill the tank with?
     
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    Aquatic green plants ;) ... a tank that size - it is going to morph over time.

    nah - just ask ggl .. .she knows everything.

    As with most of my threads .. they are more a log than a this is your guide to 50 shades of aquatic green. So some ideas and the implementation work better than others.

    Truth is I still do not have a fail safe way of doing things, I like that each tank is different from the scratch.

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    Looks like im gonna have to drop the tree. Cant seam to find a place for it!! Pity its a 350 bux piece of spiderwood.
    Unless i keep it and use plants at a later stage to merge it all


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