I I Like it. So, I finally went ahead and Rescaped the 8 foot long by 3 foot wide 2 feet tall 375 gallon aquarium I owe you guys a bit of an explanation though first Ok, so Tuesday. We went live here on YouTube. I used my phone Unfortunately YouTube locked it in portrait mode Which means it’s up and down with those black bars beside it which ruined the entire experience for me But to make matters worse This is a fail. The one that I was using wouldn’t sink. It was all floating now This was supposed to be a live aquascaping demo, or at least just to show you guys what I was doing It should have only taken about 20 minutes Frustration built I called it a fail and we just kind of talked I answered some questions we interacted for like an hour I love that by the way. I hope you guys did as well But ultimately the video was such a disappointment that I deleted it I told you guys we’ll come back on Thursday and I’ll show you what happened. Now the wood that’s all through out this 375 gallon aquarium. It’s just this manzanita wood a lot of this and a lot of the shapes might even look familiar because It’s the same wood that was in it previously. I went ahead and used this again for two reasons one I wanted to use wood that was already all the same color. I’ll show you what’s going on in a minute, though Secondly, it’s already waterlogged or was supposed to be so I knew it was gonna sink and we could immediately start scaping Unfortunately, it took about one day for it to sink Usually it’ll take two or three sometimes a week or so, but manzanita is a dense wood. So it will sink pretty quickly however, when you want to do a live aquascaping In front of thousands of people. It’s probably best to use wood that’s prepared and sunk I guess it just goes to show how amateur of a scaper I really am and hey, I say it all the time I’m not that great I just I’m starting to enjoy it and that’s why I kind of wanted to give this a whole-new scape As opposed to the last scape we did Let me explain why I use this wood again first and foremost. This is all Manzanita wood clearly no shortage of it. There’s probably a few or at least a hundred pieces there And then we have a massive amount of Malaysian wood. we even got a little bit of saltwater rock over here. So we there’s no shortage of options now, it just rained outside So a lot of this will be a little damp looking it’s all gonna be different colors and I really don’t like that look So I just went with what we already had I guess the biggest thing that influenced my decision on what I was going to use is simply because I wanted to do it live That’ll teach me I should have just went with something completely different but we’re using all the same rocks and all the same wood that was in it previously at one point and It’s a completely different look and feel Obviously the substrate didn’t change. I started out by smoothing all of that out And did a big water change, of course followed by adding in the big rocks first The big rocks are extremely difficult extremely heavy Especially with this big massive one probably weighs maybe around a hundred pounds I guess I never weighed it but it certainly feels like it weighs that much and to go up, you know Six feet up into the air and then of course lower down two feet on a little ladder is a precarious situation That I like to get out of the way immediately and I usually like to start with the rocks anyway But I should say as well, but you shouldn’t be scared of using really big rocks. And your aquariums is I do find that they give more depth And more realistic look to the aquarium you get so much out of so little if that makes sense Then of course the wood went in and we’re actually only using four pieces but I only want the wood to fill up half of the tank or Maybe 60 percent of it and come from the back corner So we don’t really see where it’s actually coming from and it almost looks like it’s one Branch that potentially fell in the water. Or maybe it looks like roots I think it just looks like a branch that could have possibly fell in the water. I Surrounded the back of it with rocks Not only to anchor them but to kind of hide their ends in there so you can’t really see where one starts and another one Ends or anything like that Then of course adding in several smaller rocks along the entire scape For me I kind of like to have them all trailing together As you can see they all are almost touching and of course during the breaks in the rocks It’s filled in with a root or the roots Rests on the rocks or something like that It’s almost like the rocks were there the wood fell on top of it And I enjoy that kind of look now the plant of course are not real. I can’t have plants in here with the vieja They tear them apart. They eat them. They make an absolute mess out of them I did have some success minor success with some anubius as well as some java ferns But when I added them to this tank as their only option for plants to eat. They ate those as well I think I could probably have some success with java moss or of some sort But I’m just I’m satisfied with the fake plants. I’d love to get your opinion on them They’re kind of cool and kind of natural downside is they’re all the same height So I think I might take some scissors and snip them a little bit give them different heights which would look more natural now, one of the biggest problems with owning really big aquariums with Fish in it that are going to get really big is creating a scape that also has some depth to it what I mean is With these big fish they’re going to need a tremendous amount of room the vieja are going to get to around 10 inches or more Some of the species that in here could push, you know 14 inches type of deal And of course the clowns get monstrous as well. I’ve already kind of started to dwindle their numbers keeping the best and biggest Obviously, I’m not going to be able to create keep like 50 large loaches in your long term we’ve talked about this in the past though, but when trying to create depth, which means Creating the illusion that the tank goes on further than it actually appears but trying to tie the two together when it comes to big fish and Big tanks and a nice scape or at least something half decent It’s difficult But you will see this time and time again with a few of my aquariums is that I don’t really pay attention To the sizes of the rocks and their placements within the aquarium. I’m more so focused on usually one To three piles of rocks, especially when it comes to this aquarium got one here one there of one there I’ve moved some to the front some back and You know didn’t really pay too much attention to their sizes because it becomes way too symmetrical looking I do like having a couple of big rocks together like these two here and then of course tying it together and Filling it in with some smaller rocks that kind of trail off to the sides there now I do need to adjust the substrate and kind of bury some of the rocks slightly and it’ll look even better I just haven’t gotten around to that as all. There’s going to be a few burning questions one Why are you leaving the background empty it it looks horrible. I agree. We have a window there We have wires if this was just a flat background of one color, but it was just a wall I don’t think that looks that bad at all But I have so much behind it that I’m probably going to cover it and because the tank is already in place and filled up of course can be difficult to paint So I’ll just use some bristle board of some color. I’m thinking I’ll either go black maybe white blue green I Don’t know which color I want to use, but I’d love to get your opinion I guess I’ve been kind of putting it off to see what you guys think Tell me what color you think the background should be but more importantly why do you think it would contrast with the fish? Well? There’s so many different factors when incorporating a background and maybe that’s something we’ll do In the near future is how to choose a background Oh, and by the way, if your comment specifically influences my decision, I’ll give you a shout out in the video You’ll notice that there’s also less equipment in the tank The returns are currently shut off just for this video because I still haven’t addressed my plumbing problem, which is a shortage of hoses That’s because I have to redesign the filtration room, which I haven’t gotten to yet. Take it easy on me But once we do this all will be silenced, so when the video comes when the videos done I’ll show I’ll turn it all back on. I also replaced the wave makers that were in it previously So previously we had actually it was these two These were mp40 Ecotec wave makers I exchanged it for One MP 60. So instead of having two I got one giant one which works absolutely phenomenal I think I’ve only got it at about 30 or 40 percent of its power but I put it in Lagoon mode and with lagoon mode means at least from my understanding and from my experience of about a year with many many of these pumps –is that is going to Gently change the the flow rate up and down You know, maybe I’ll go down a little bit more and up a little bit more and you know It’s a really interesting flow mode where it’s not just constantly blowing water one way. It’s always changing So the fish Act far more natural– they don’t have predictable swimming patterns because of one directional flow that’s constantly flowing the same way and You’ll notice that with fish if you constantly have the same flow in the tank they can have Predictable swimming patterns essentially always staying around the certain part of an aquarium or something that they preferred if you look at these guys They are in all areas of the tank You would expect them to all be hiding or you know, all be cramped up in one spot These guys are exploring the tank acting fire more natural and especially the vieja how the vieja are extremely interesting at this point with this type of flow and the aquarium and most importantly we’ve got the flow set up so that We’ve got the two outputs over here getting out to the sides. That’s the pattern on the filter and this one Power head pushing the water this way. So we kind of have a mixture of water creating tons of tolerable Circulation within the aquarium that the fish clearly enjoy now Of course besides the background which I again I need to know what color you think I should do and why We also need to finish wrapping the stand. I also need to finish the plumbing etc. And that’s gonna be coming shortly I just want to get the scape out of the way first But I’d love to know your opinion on it And if you like it If you do, let me know in the comment section below if you do not let me know as well And why of course, it’s always the why that’s the most important, isn’t it?