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Sorry RCA - I couldn't be any help either, as no experience with those substrates :/

I like your progress though :)
 
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Sorry was not ignoring you, but was doing outside jobs, such as clearing the garage, while I had visitors.  Good news is that I now have a fish corner for all my spare tanks and equipment
   Anyway back to topic...
 
After fixing the filter today on my other large tank, I decided to wash the sand for this project, don't all shout at once, but yes at last.   
 
So here is the current progress ...
 
Preparing the Sand

 
 
Getting the Sand right

 
You can see the subtle changes in the sand mixture each time by looking near the number of the slightly lighter shade as silver sand was added to the black.  I was then concerned that the sand was too deep and explored this prior to finalising the base layer.
 
 
View from above with the sand in place

 
 
 
External Heater and Electrics

 
 
 
Ready for filling in the morning, hopefully

 
 
Still not sure what ornaments with end up in the final version?  Until next time enjoy the journey.
 
 
 
 

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Very good RCA :D .
Look great when you get all the planting finished ;) .
 

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Looks great!!! Love the two different layers. What a great way to start off  a tank... You already have a great perception of depth and height in there :)  
 
What kind of plants are you thinkin? :hey:
 
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Thanks to all for your comments, just a quick update to say​
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 We now have WATER and two filters running 
 
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  the external heater 
 
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I have pictures but as I have only just finished I need to  
so will upload them soon for you all.​
I also have a list of potential plants which I will advise of later, equally though I am welcome to any ideas anyone has.​
For now good-night​
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Did you get cartpet plants? For your plants I would like to suggest glosso and taiwan moss for your setup. Great tank btw!
 

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This has been a lot of fun to read through... very thorough photo journal RCA!
 
 
I'm kind of surprised that no one else has mentioned it yet, so I will...  Those pieces of wood!!!! :drool: :drool: :drool:  Its a good thing that you're on the other side of the pond, or else I'd be sneaking into your house to steal them!  They look AMAZING!  
 
 
I can't wait to see the finished product!   (BTW, what fish are you planning to stock?  And what input will you allow your nephew, "the gravel washer"?)
 
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Thanks all for your patience, and encouragement, yet again 
 

 
Firstly I will answer the questions posted since my last update:
 
@ greenmumma - What kind of plants are you thinking?
To be honest I have a whole list of plants I like and have yet to decide so am open to any suggestions.  If you look at the original entry for this journal you will see some of the plants I have been considering.  I will update the journal with my shortlist when I have chance to peruse my options.  In the meantime I have added some hairgrass that I bought from the TFF (picture to follow).
 
@ DerpPH - Did you get carpet plants?  For your plants I would like to suggest glosso and taiwan moss for your setup.  Great tank btw!
Thanks for the suggestions and comments.
 
GLOSSOSTIGMA ELATINOIDES / GLOSSO – I like the look of this plant, however, it says it needs very high light levels, so not sure if my current lighting will be suitable?  Do you have any experience with growing this plant, and can provide any tips?
 
TAIWAN MOSS / Taxiphyllum alternans – I reckon this would look great as a wall, either on the right side, or the back wall, or both.  It also grows fast apparently, and requires medium light.  It appears it grows faster in Co2 tanks, but at this stage I am not planning Co2, so it will still grow but not as fast.  Can anyone recommend a good source?
 
 
 
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This has been a lot of fun to read through... very thorough photo journal RCA!
 
 
I'm kind of surprised that no one else has mentioned it yet, so I will...  Those pieces of wood!!!!
 Its a good thing that you're on the other side of the pond, or else I'd be sneaking into your house to steal them!  They look AMAZING!  

 
 
I can't wait to see the finished product!   (BTW, what fish are you planning to stock?  And what input will you allow your nephew, "the gravel washer"?)
 however, I have a killer cat guarding and waiting to pounce on anyone attempting to steal from my tanks 
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Seeing the finished product, me too, can't wait, but am having to, due to all my other maintenance tasks.
 If you look at the original entry for this journal you will see some of the fish I have been considering.
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In respect to my nephew...
He often says, why did you not wait for me to fill the tank?  
My response is ""you were not in the mood the last two times you came".  
He actually prefers going out on the Tandem or taking photos.
So, he can have input, however, I find he is a ...
'I have to be in the mood fishkeeper', therefore you may never see it finished if I waited for him to be in the mood.
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Now to work on those updated pictures for you all to see.
 
 

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Re: nephew
 
Fair enough.
 
 
Re: your attack cat... I'd take my chances! :p
 
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Here we go, pictures as promised...​
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Your patience is rewarded (hopefully)...
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Current Status
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Fish-less Cycling, some useful information on this process is here.
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Next Steps
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Deciding on the plants, some info above in my previous post.
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Twenty Java Loaches are on order, yes twenty, plus I have some fish in Quarantine that may go in here.  Yet to decide.  
Have been thinking of Killi Fish Eggs - sort of grow my own fish 
 
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Any ideas and thoughts on plants or fish welcome.
 

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That's looking very nice indeed RCA! Hope the cycle takes off soon - will you be using mature filter media and/or the pond balls again?
 
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