I am starting this so I myself can see how my 56 gallon progresses through the months. I figure it will help force me to take photos.
The tank is 30"w by 18" deep by 24" tall. It is an unusual size but it fits perfectly where we wanted it and I already had a custom stand that works well with it.
Catalina 4x24" T5HO, I only run two or three bulbs. I had the fixture wired so I can run one, two, three or four bulbs. I like the flexibility it provides. The fixture is suspended over the tank by $10 worth of metal cable and clamps from Home Depot.
Rena Xp2 filter
An old Emperor 280 filter. I use this to aerate the water. I eventually want to stop using it as I find it quite ugly.
Pressurized CO2 with a Grigg style reactor.
One giant piece of wood which is attached to a slab of rock. I need to put some plants on the top of the wood to stop algea from growing (or will the algea just grow on the plants...). Right now that is the only place in the tank that grows substantial algae. The rest is some brown dust on the glass.
One Hydor Koralia Nano 240gph and one Nano 425gph powerhead
EI dosing with some root tabs
Fish at the moment:
2 x Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)
2 x Molly (Poecilia sphenops)
2 x Guppy
4 x Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii)
1 x Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)
1 x Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia)
3 x Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)
7 x Rummynose Tetra
1 x oto cat
1 x flying fox
About ten random fry (mollies and guppies)
Since this is a tall tank I need more "top" fish. The Dwarf Gourami has become friends with the rams and is usually hanging out at the bottom with them. I am open to suggestions on some cool mid/top level fish.
I started using the jet output instead of a spray bar a couple of weeks ago. The powerhead then spreads it out over the lawn and across the tank.
The Fred Flintstone style "house" is where the Kuhli loaches live. It's kind of ugly but my kids bought it. It will eventually be hidden by plants.
The sword in the following photo was planted one week ago. Since then it has been turning transparent. Any suggestions? The plant behind it has also been melting. Everything else is growing fairly well.