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Help!! Tank bowing - time to upgrade & need input!

Discussion in 'Planted Aquariums' started by noodles62, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. noodles62

    noodles62 Just Noods......

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    Well, my nicely planted 30 gallon tank is bowing. :mad2:
    My LFS will gladly trade it out for me but I have decided to upgrade to a 45 (& pay the diff) as the 45 has a center brace. I am not thrilled at having to tear down my tank as the plants are doing nicely especially the wisteria - it is a jungle in there! I have attached a few (terrible!) pics - any advice on rearrangemnt of plants, etc and advice on how to transfer everything would be great! I will be using the same stand so it wil be a tedious process. UGH!
    (looks a little cloudy right now as the driftwood is fairly new)......
    edit: plant stock is lots of wisteria that is spreading like crazy, 1 giant hygro, 2 anubias, and 1 little grass like plant in front w/ no ID, and floating anacharis. (plus java moss/java fern)

    FTS.jpg left side.jpg right side.jpg
     
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  2. FluffynTex

    FluffynTex Whatever it is -- I didn't do it!

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    If it were me I would transfer the water fish and plants to a large plastic tote and put the hob on it while I trade tanks, that way you still have your bacteria/water everything and can avoid a cycle. Put the substrate in a separate container to avoid cloudiness/mess.
     
  3. noodles62

    noodles62 Just Noods......

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    I am planning on picking up a couple rubbermaid tubs (tank will be in Tuesday) - I hope to transfer the sand/substrate straight to the new tank. Any input on rearrangement since I have to re-do it all anyway?
     
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    I'm guessing this is more than just the normal bow. All tanks bow a little.

    Other than that, I think you've got a good plan.
     
  5. noodles62

    noodles62 Just Noods......

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    the front and back are bowed about 1/4" at the center. it is very concerning........is this normal?
     
  6. noodles62

    noodles62 Just Noods......

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    Nobody else has any comments on the arrangement of plants when I re-do the tank?
    Or any input on the change out?
    Bump?
     
  7. bluekrissyspike

    bluekrissyspike bwa-hahahahaha!!!!!

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    your arrangement looks pretty good already so i think that's why no one is commenting on it. maybe add a few more plants?
     
  8. bluekrissyspike

    bluekrissyspike bwa-hahahahaha!!!!!

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    also, while you are upgrading you should go up a few more sizes....but that's just my opinion
     
  9. noodles62

    noodles62 Just Noods......

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    I would LOVE to go up to a 75 or bigger but have to use my existing stand, so a 45 is as big as I can go.....I plan on more foreground plants as soon as I can find them.........
     
  10. bluekrissyspike

    bluekrissyspike bwa-hahahahaha!!!!!

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    lol...we all want to upgrade to giant tanks...
     

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