This will be my very 'real' attempt at a planted tank. I had a fairly successful run with a 5 Gallon at work, but now I've got my game face on
Here's the stand with the display tank and a sump. (Initially planning for a saltwater setup, changed my mind recently) The plumbing is not yet in place.
There are three overflows for redundancy (and for high flow, but I don't need high flow in this planted tank)
The sump currently has three compartments(ok, two, one of the dividers fell off), which were meant for various forms of filtration in my planned salt tank, but I will be opening the whole thing up to just provide some extra water volume and perhaps a grow out area.
As for lighting, I found a nice little 65w PC floodlight at Home Depot today. I'm kind of excited about these lights, they were only $48.95, and I bought two.
The current plan is to run 3/4 inch conduit up the sides and over the top of the tank, and hang the lights from them using conduit straps (Simulated below!) The wires will be run through the conduit, down the sides, under the stand.
Anyhow, that's all I've got at the moment - Tomorrow I hope to build the lighting system and install the plumbing.
I plan to use the ADA Aqua Soil for the planted areas of the tank - the far back right corner will be densely planted with some gnarly wood root doing it's thing. The rest of it will be mostly unplanted, I want plenty of swimming room for the denizens of the tank.
I'm currently leaning towards Rams, although I saw Scarlet Badis for the first time ever today and am researching those. (Will Rams and Badis play nice? Big size difference) Plenty of time to do more research.
Anyhow, that's my story. More pics as I take them. Might draw up some 'scapes too.