ua hua--Thanks!! The substrate is a combo of several different high-nutrient gravels and fine grain gravel....kind of like a "light colored Eco Complete," along with some flourite and kitty litter, with a white sand cap. I loved my AquaSoil in my last set up, but I wanted to go lighter with my substrate this time instead of dark, and I didn't want to cap black or dark brown AS with a white sand.
Hi Jim-I'm happy that you like it and served as a little "blast from the past"!
It's too bad that the Pet Village couldn't take advantage of the dimensions of their system and forced it back into a "picture frame" tank. A tank like this is made to walk around and view from a few angles, you know? Maybe they had to, though....they didn't have the same equipment that we enjoy today? I suppose, too, that the greater the depth, the more they could put in there and captivate the customer's attention; they would have to stare into it for a greater amount of time to figure out all of what was in there.
Also: I will give you a PM after the holidays to see what SFBAAPS might be able to do to help my cause!
Now THAT is a cool plant group. Lucky!! I am going to Michigan for the Holidays and both my parents and in-laws live in a pre-Stone Age society and refuse to get wifi. I don't think that I'll be able to jump onto the forum until after I return New Year's Eve day.
Fusion....Ok, I'll take a pic with a two-liter Coke bottle, or a car, or something! LOL!! It's only 27 cubic feet of tank, though, which is big but not nearly as big as they come. Some of these hobbyists here have MASSIVE 300 gallons or higher. Mine is more deceiving than anything else, as doesn't go "taller" or "longer" rather "wider." But hey: I'm glad it has made an impact!
Take care everyone! I'll be gone for a week! I'll post the state of the tank when I get back, for better or worse!! (Hopefully, not "too much worse".....) Be safe and enjoy Christmas/your Holidays!