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tehmole replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

got burnt twice ordering from drfosters ~ order 2 XL's and what i got were stumps ... :blink:

i wanted something branchy so i can tie some java ferns on them ...

dealt with manzanita-driftwood before...very nice person to speak to ...... he'll work out the shipping cost with you ~ have to say......the pieces i got from him looked great and shipped professionally ... nothing was broken.

regarding your post - i do agree, remove the background ---> paint it black --> add some foreground plants -- manzanita driftwood
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Goranothos replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

Rocksor wrote: Never order driftwood online unless you can see the actual picture of what you are ordering.


I'm happy with the two pieces of mopani I ordered from Dr Foster and Smith. Only regret is I wish I had ordered one large piece instead of two medium pieces. After a two day immersion in a 5 gallon bucket of water, they sank immediately in the tank and only discolored the water for a couple of weeks.

But, as always, YMMV, and yes, it is always better to see an actual picture of what you are going to receive.

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mishka replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

awesome, thanks for the advice guys, I'll do that and I'll take a picture and update, however, how am i suppose to paint the back black? i don't think you realize how huge this this is! :laugh:
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Goranothos replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

mishka wrote: awesome, thanks for the advice guys, I'll do that and I'll take a picture and update, however, how am i suppose to paint the back black? i don't think you realize how huge this this is! :laugh:


Yea, they do. Most of the regular posters here have large tanks.

I have a 150 gallon, but mine is longer and less tall than yours. No, I would not want to move it to try to paint the back. I painted the back of mine in my garage, before I put any water in it.

Probably the best thing you can do right now, if you want a less "busy" background, is to buy a solid black or solid blue background.

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

If you have enough room to remove and apply another background, you can paint. Small 4in roller with acrylic paint. Not sure however if this can be done with water in the tank? Mine have been empty and dry when painted. I agree with the other suggestions though, ditch the resin piece and fake coral, add a couple rocks and nice chunk of Mopani, sand or coarse gravel for substrate.


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mishka replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

thanks Gora I don't remember posting that at all last night, switching the background with the tank set up wasn't impossible but it was extremely difficult so settling with a background that is pure black could work, I have had a black background in the past and I honestly wasn't a fan of it, however it was a backing I had to put on, I'm sure with it painted on looks much better..

@ suprd, I have wanted to change my substrate for a long time, I got 2 50lb gravel bags from lowes that were only 3 bucks a bag and then I washed them out which took forever.. I would be unsure how to take out the gravel and add new substrate? Would I have to drain the tank almost to 90% and start scooping?
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i heard u can add with water but not sure
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Peeps replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

I take the gravel with a net and bucket. It takes a while but works. I just scoop it up with a net. I have the bucket handy and put it in their.

You could also add a bubble wall for extra oxygen plus they are nice.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

To change substrate I would remove the fish, put them in a big tote for an hour or so. You will likely find that any water left over is rather filthy anyways, so I usually drain completely. I use an old juice pitcher, sometimes a dustpan, then a good shop vac to get it completely bare. Your new stuff is already good to go, lay that back in, refill and put fish back. A little bit of labor, but easy enough


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@ peeps, I have heard ups and downs about adding bubbles to a tank, I love the way it looks, but it has always been a hassle for me, no clue where to hide the tubing and my air pumps have always been noisy, granted I never bought the most expensive nicest air pumps, but I have also heard it isn't good for the tank to add bubbles, can't remember where I read that.

@ suprd, thanks for the advice on that, it sounds easy enough, I don't have a shop vac however I would love to invest in one because whenever I have moved I always left 10% of the water (really how much I could drain out) and the movers hated me lol :laugh: I never thought about using a shop vac to completely drain the tank then add substrate, makes sense.

Anywhere I can buy cheap sand or fine gravel? Petsmart over prices everything
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