Hello all, So... My first journal.... where to start? Ive had aquariums for years never took it too serious until i stumbled across some unbelievable photos of these vibrant green aquariums that had me in aw. My interest and inspiration was renewed 100 fold! I never imagined the potential beauty i had sitting in my own living room.
Did alot of reading and research and almost every time id search something it brought me here. This is an awesome site! I figured out i was gonna need a much better light, nutritious substrate, ferts, Co2 etc... I kinda needed a new filter too, so i put a canister on the list. I already had the tanks, a 46g bowfront and a 55g. I never cared for the wrought iron stand I had so I also started plans on a custom stand for the 55.
I started saving, shopping and building. Found a decent fixture on aquatraders.com for an unbelievable price. Despite a few negative reviews i ordered it. Couldnt be happier! Got the 4x54w HO T5 pro. for christmas from my fiance, thank you babe
In the mean time i began propagating some plants in a 10g to get things rollin. Decided on black Eco-complete for the substrate and picked up a used Fluval 405. Moved the plants and fish to my freshly cleaned 46g and started my first aquascape. So thats what got me here now.
46g bowfront soon to be moved to a 55g
4x54w HO t5 2x6700k 2x10000k (Im only running 2 bulbs)
Currently:80lb fine white sand.
Waiting: 80lbs black eco-complete + 20lbs black sand
6 hr photo period
30% weekly WC
20 Neon tertas
7 Silver hatchets
Mated pair of German Rams
Juvenile Long finned black angel
handful of ghost schrimp and snails
Cardinal plant (read that this is a bog plant)
a few others. I.D. them for me and ill add them to the list.
Heres a look at where i was and where im currently at:
Gimme your opinions. The good the bad and the ugly
Heres the stand, Ive made great progress on it! Came out even better than planned. Just need to sand it and Paint it (all Black) and everything you just saw is movin to the 55g SOOOOO close!!!!
The trimmed centerpiece is the door it pulls straight off and snaps in.
Thinking about finding an Xlarge mid-evil looking chest handle to mount in the center of he stand. A hood may be the next project.
Heres the 55g and a nice piece of driftwood I found fishin at the lake. Driftwood needs some prep work but i believe its gonna make for a nice addition.
4:20lb bags of this stuff waiting to go in the 55
And there you have it the first glimpse of whats in store.
I look forward to your comments.