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I'm working on both my 10 gallon and 100 gallon tanks. Currently I really want to update my 100 gallon.

So here is what I currently have and my ideas:
Current fish: 2 Blood Parrots (1.75 inches - 2.5 inches in length), 1 Managua Cichlid (1.25 inches in length), 1 Pleco (About 12 inches in length)

Idea For Tank:

(Above sketch is front view, bottem sketch is above view)
Possible Plants: 2 Very Large Wisterias, 2 Very Large Amazon Swords, Java Fern, Java Moss, Baby Tears, Chain Sword, 2 Moss Balls, and 2 Anubia

Possible Decorations: 2 Coconut Hides, Slate Pieces/Rock, Large Driftwood

Possible Fishes: Firemouth Cichlid, Green Texas Cichlid, Managua Cichlid, Oscar, Salvini, Green Terror, Electric Blue Jack Dempsey

Okay, so those are my ideas. I know Cichlids dig in gravel but I feel that the Java Moss, Java Fern, and Anubia will be fine since it will be attached to either the coconut or the drift wood. I might not use foreground plants (Baby tears and chain sword) because I'm sure they will tear that up. As for the large background plants, I was thinking of surrounding their base loosely with slate so the fish cant dig them up or put them in precleaned terracotta pots to keep them safe.
I would like to know if the possible fish would get along with the fish I already have. I really like the Firemouth Ciclids and Blue Jack Dempsy. =]
Any help and ideas woud be great.

Other than that, I think I will need new lamps because my current one is only giving out a total of 48-50 watts. Does anyone recomend what kind of lamp(s) I should get? I might also change my filter to the new one I got a few years ago, or just add another filter that used to go with my other large tank (that one shattered when my dogs decided it was a great idea to run around on hardwood floor).
 

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Wow, your aquascape looks really nice! Are you planning on going with smaller sized gravel, or the bigger stuff? I have the bigger stuff (pea gravel) and I wish I had gone with sand or fine gravel that's better for plants.
 

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Thank you, hopefully I can get this finished by the end of summer. =]
Currently in my tank I have a mix of sand and pea gravel which I will continue to use because I replaced the old gravel fairly recently (4-5 months ago). I'm going to add more sand to the mix and maybe a layer of planting substrate underneath this mix.
 

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Yeah i recently changed my substrate cuz i started out with larger graval as well. The stuff i got wasnt cheap but my plants thrive in it.
 

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Thanks for the input Susan, I remember the mistake I made with my 10 gallon. It took a lot of water changes, as well as, filter cleanings to get rid of the dirt from the substrate and murky water (I thought 2-3 rinses were enough to clean it).
 

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So I haven't gotten any pool sand yet, but my parents brought me some driftwood that they found camping. I'm guessing I need to boil it first but other than that, should I soak it? I will post pictures of them once they're cleaned up. I am still getting 1 more piece of drift wood for the tank and then I will need to get slate, rocks, coconut shells, and pool sand.
When I finally place the fish in a temporary tank, how much of the original tank water should I save?
Thanks in advance. =D
 

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So I boiled the driftwood and found out that they float and made the water a dark red so I will have to soak it. If they continue to float what should I weigh it down with?
 

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You can put larger rocks on it to help hold it down, just make sure the rocks are positioned to where they don't fall. Or you can take a piece of slate or something similar, drill a hole in the slate and partially into the wood then use a screw to attach the two.
 

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So I will be attaching the slate to the driftwood this weekend hopefully, however, I decided that since my 10 gallon tank is basically finished I will post a picture.

I would love to add some foreground plants though I'm not sure which.
 
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