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Crise - i would only be willing to pay about $30 for a bit of wrapping paper - and only that much because i'm stupid.
These are 3D silicon structures and you can use them as your filter or to hide equipment they look so good too. I reckon you could easily spend £300 on hard scape and not get anywhere near in a big tank. In fact I reckon 300 is what I’d tell my wife I’d spent lol 😂
 
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Little update on a few things...

With the big Rio in the same area of the house than the small Rio i thought id try and link them someway in doing a similar setup.

I was going to go down a different route and do a full on cichlid style tank design but with me recently rescaping the 180 from a breeder to a community tank its inspired me to do the 450 likewise.
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180 got rescaped about 7/8 weeks ago with a nice chunky piece of driftwood and i planted around the background quite heavily. Just love watching this tank with the colours and the movement.
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Got some giant vallis coming for the 450 to fill left hand corner. Ive added more "Bocourti" friendly plants in crypts (Wendtii,Beckettii,Pontederiifolia) and 2 or 3 types of swords. im also trialing some hygrophila siamensis 53b and Polysperma.

Fish are looking good and seem to like the new set up:hyper:
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And final update is my little Ellioti babies:wub:
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Tough getting pictures of these guys because their tiny and my phone struggles to focus lol. Think these are around 2 months old and im now trying to introduce new foods to them.
 
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What are the dimensions of your 450 ?
 

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151x51x66cm (60'x20'x26')
26 inches tall? Is it difficult reaching the plants ?
The reason I'm asking is that i'm considering a pair of 400-450 gallon aquariums - my thought has been 120x36x24 (inches) and 72x48x21 (inches) - l,w,h
 
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26 inches tall? Is it difficult reaching the plants ?
The reason I'm asking is that i'm considering a pair of 400-450 gallon aquariums - my thought has been 120x36x24 (inches) and 72x48x21 (inches) - l,w,h
Wow big tanks!

Not really i can reach the plants and substrate level fine but i am 6'3 and got quite long arms tbf.
 

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26 inches tall? Is it difficult reaching the plants ?
The reason I'm asking is that i'm considering a pair of 400-450 gallon aquariums - my thought has been 120x36x24 (inches) and 72x48x21 (inches) - l,w,h
with large, wide tanks that are against a wall, it's difficult to reach the plants at the back even with a ladder
 
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Yea I will leave 2 feet behind the aquariums so i can get a stool back there... I have a 24 inch tank now (120) and cannot reach the plants in the back well so i learned my lesson.
What are you planning stocking wise? Got plenty of options with 400 plus gallons
 

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Looking fantastic :) has the smaller Boucourti always had the split in the dorsal fin or is that recent?

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What are you planning stocking wise? Got plenty of options with 400 plus gallons
In one i will have loaches (clown/zebra) and angelfish with some larger tetra - probably serpae and black phantom - but the tetra selection is still open. I will also have pleco (bn, l204, gold nugget, blue phantom, L095) and Krobia Xinguensis. open issue is platydoras amatulus

In the other which will have very low tds I will have geo (probalby winmilleri but maybe altifrons or sveni); rams (mostly gold), pleco and sterbai (might remove sterbai as 82 is pushing their limit) and schools of cardinals and rummynose. Some open questions are cupido and smudge spot cory .
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Two open issue are conflicts between pleco and loaches (esp clowns) as well as warm temp for sterbai cory. 82 is the top of the range for sterbai - i suppose i could run the ram tank at 80 during the winter and 82 during the summer - or i might move the sterbai to the guppy tank - i currently have about 20 sterbai across two tanks but want to merge them together and separate them from the loaches.
 
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All looking really good.
I was interested to see how your cichlids got on with your plants, because apparently the popular notion is that you can't have plants in a tank with cichlids, especially the larger ones.
 

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