I'm in the process of of breaking down my 55 Oscar rescue tank and putting up my 30g metaframe. After years of Mbuna and SA cichlids I'm ready to do my 'dream' tank which is (loosely) NA themed natural.
I've been researching for the last two months as I realized I am probably not going to be able to save Shamu the Oscar and am now firmly in information overload. My notes have notes, and my idea journals have sub-journals. ACK!
Here is the plan so far:
30g Metaframe (holds water for the last week sitting in our driveway)
MGOPS topped with river pebbles from around here.
Will sit in an East facing window, there are sheer's on the window to cut down on the light coming in (If needed), plus ambient light from the South window and front door (doesn't count for much I know) I'm still trying to figure out a lighting fixture so any help here would be appreciated.
I have 3 Marineland 400's, a Penguin 350, and a Magnum 350 canister filter available from other tanks that I'm not using. I'd prefer to use the canister honestly. I really really hate HOB's.
This is meant as an Iowa-themed tank but being that it's 30g I have to get a little creative...
Etheostoma spectabile -or- caeruleum
Enneacanthus gloriosus -or- Elassoma evergladei (representing our panfish)
Sticklebacks Culaea inconstans
Wild-type Mollies (Not gung-ho about but provides a reliable live food source)
(redfin shiner) -or- Margariscus margarita
I'm hindered by the cooler preferences of the fish I chose but here are some of my ideas to start
Bacopa caroliniana rotundifolia
The idea is to use some cedar planks my inlaws have had sitting outside for 30+ years to build a mini dock that extends into the tank some, scape the thing similar to a couple of my favorite hidden away docks, and then sit back with a cold beer and watch.
Another way I'm leaning is plants I like, livebearers in bright colors, and a couple of DP for population control. Always liked DP but never had the pleasure.
Third mental version is brackish. I love all things brackish, dragons always catch my eye.
Anyway, here is the tank-to-be, in all of it's hideous glory. I cannot take credit for the AWESOME paint job, it's former life 50 years ago was in a rural LFS ran out of a guys barn which I bought for $1 US.
Any input appreciated!