how exciting. Loving everything so far.
Here's a few pictures with a couple of plants from a LFS. Gotta start somewhere right?
I'm working on getting more plants too, of course!
Finally filled with water, substrate, some driftwood, some plants and fish. More plants coming and another piece of driftwood, then I'll redo the plants and driftwood. I had to get the driftwood out of the bathtub! There is a blur about a 1/3 of the way over from the right that is a Clown loach zooming by.
Semi-close up of the left hand side. More fishy blurs!
Semi-close up of the right hand side. Looks like a Ram is barely visible beneath the driftwood in the shadow.
Angled view of entire aquarium.
Corner end view showing a partial view behind the 3D background. I had to add some brown weather stripping to fill a small gap between the background and the glass. The Clown Loaches were slipping behind the background. Sneaky guys! I plan to paint the glass black from the edge of the background to the back of the aquarium.
Small Anubias in Eco-Complete substrate. C'mon! Grow, baby grow!
Discovered the light level is too low to even be considered 'low light'! I bought a pair of 36" dual bulb fixtures from Catalina Lighting with two 6,500 k bulbs and two 10,000 k bulbs. Now I need to remove the Lowes shop lights from the canopy and install the new ones. I still have a number of things on my 'to-do' list, but don't we all? The water is tinged a bit yellow from the driftwood and it will probably take awhile for it to clear even with regular water changes.
I've got my eye on some Discus at the LFS, so hopefully I'll have some in the aquarium soon! All the water parameters are looking good and the pH is stable @ 7.3 - 7.4. Maybe a little high for ideal conditions for Discus, but it is stable. Water temp is @ 85 degrees and drops only a degree during the cooler overnight hours. So far so good.