Started assembling it in July, 2010.
155 gallon aquarium with black 4-door stand and matching black 4-door canopy.
Lights installed within each of the four under tank cabinets so I can see!
AquaTerra Tanganyika rock 3D background.
1 – Rena XP3 canister filter (filled with peat, pads, and various bio-media).
1 – Rena XP4 canister filter (filled with peat, pads, and various bio-media).
2- 300 watt heaters.
1 - Koralia water circulation pump mounted behind the background.
160 lbs of Eco-Complete.
2 – 48” dual bulb, low-tech Lowes florescent shop hoods with a total of 4, 6500k bulbs mounted to the inside top of the canopy and on digital timers. Soon to be replaced with some Catalina T-5 HO retrofits.
5 – Rams
4 – Clown loaches
3 – Yoyo loaches
1 – Upside down butterfly catfish
5 – Ottos
8 – Rummy Nose Tetra’s
?? – Discus, waiting for tank to cycle and stabilize
Several pieces of Malaysian driftwood to help maintain the pH.
Work in progress, some Anubias to start.
That's the basics to get me going. I've kept both fresh and salt water fish about 15 years ago. This is my first foray into a planted tank. Wow! Aquarium technology has so changed over the years! My wife and our two wonderful kids are my motivation behind this project, gotta love the support!
Here's some pictures to get started. I've enjoyed the journey so far!
The background has arrived! Just sitting on top for the picture. Now to get it into the aquarium.
Angle view to try and show a little more detail. We are very happy with this background. It is quite stout and very detailed.
Sitting on the floor to show the undulations:
Had to cut it into 1/3's to get it to fit. THAT was a bit nerve racking! The pink high-density foam on the bottom will lift up the background so that it is snug against the glass supports at the top of the aquarium. Obviously the pink foam will get covered by substrate.
More pictures to follow as I reassemble it in the aquarium. Feels like building a ship in a bottle, but on a larger scale.