OK so i am relativley new here to TPT. I have been regularly following as many tank journals as i can though to get an idea for what people like to see from a journal. so i have decided to start one on my Aquaone 980.
A friend of mine had this tank as a marine setup but due to budget/time contraints he pulled it down and left it in his garage. I already had a 3ft petshop tank (bad glass ugly frame etc) that we ran in the garage ( a long story, but lets just say my wife grandma who we had moved in with to care for her didnt want it in the house so we set it up in the garage. needless to say it got neglected and overgrown with java fern and java moss plus housed around 200 endlers.)
So I was around at my friends house and saw his tank there and offered to buy it, figuring i could get it cheap and already had a lot of gear on the old tank to set it up without spending too much (we all know where this goes now)
Any way without further ado i will get into the Tank and limited diary of pics to show it from just after cycling in December 2010 to today.
Tank: Aqua One 980 56G/215L
Filter: Eheim 2213
Heater: Aqua Vital 150w
Chiller:Hailea 150A - we get 40c+ days here and this fibro house has no insulating properties at all, plus i got it free
Glassware: Lilly inflow and outflow set from aquaticmagic (ebay)
Stand: Aqua One
Light: Aquanova 4 x39w, Sunlight, tropical and 2 x white
Substrate: Gravel 2-3mm
CO2: DIY 2x 1.25L manifold into 500ml DIY bubble counter
O2: Eheim air pump to counter CO2 at night
Automation: Lighting and Air on automatic timers
Plants: HG, HC, Java Moss, Lilliopsis, Banana Lilly, Java Fern, Unknown background plant (help me out with names if you know) Riccia, Floating thing from cipher, unknown seedling i left to grow. unknown spikey plant i cant remember name of.
Fauna: 60+ Endlers, 3x Dwarf neon rainbows, 12 x neon tetras, 4 x flame red chilli rasboras, 2 x BN, 60+ RCS, 3x guppies, 1 x Siamese fighter (now banished to desktop vase.)
PICS from Mid December 2010 to 21/3/2011
Tank after cycling. Substrate and Filter were added from existing tank to speed up process and fish put in after cycling from old tank
A few new plants, HG, Lilliopsis and Banana lilly and removed CL and whatever that tall plant was in back LH corner which just slowly fell apart and died
10 days later HG sprouting new growth
RESCAPE - Big Mopani log removed, cave built hollow log added. Background plants need major trim/thin. Also trialling new plants and growing techniques. Riccia in bag on rhs and floating on surface, HC in pot