First planted tank-55 gal with lots of DIY! xcited about it. I've been piecing it together for about a month and it's finally coming together! I know its far from perfect but I'm pretty happy with it as a first go. I'm definitely on a budget so I've done a lot of DIY stuff, plus I live working on the projects and watching my own handiwork become a reality!
55 gallon tank (nothing fancy, purchased at PETCO)
DIY canopy with 4 32w 6500k T8 bulbs
DIY overflow and sump filter
DIY yeast CO2 system with reactor
I gathered my own driftwood and soaked and cleaned it for a while. It hasn't waterlogged yet so I had to keep it from floating. I ended up placing a thin plastic sheet in the bottom of the tank and securing the driftwood to that with fishing line. That way all of the substrate weight is being used to anchor the driftwood. Worked well!
Still need to figure out a background.
Pics of tank after planting:
Pics with water in tank:
Last edited by jamesbaptista; 07-20-2012 at 09:10 PM.
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once you decide what color background to put on your tank, I suggest painting the pvc the same color, Krylon fusion paint is aquarium safe, I used it for my overflows
That's a great idea! I was hoping the plants would help cover the PVC but blending into the background would help a ton! I've read that a lot of people like to go with a black background... anyone agree/disagree with that?
DIY overflow and sump return. I found the design online and it works great. Once you get it set up its pretty much a self starting siphon that feeds down into the sump. I'm doing my filtering and stuff in the sump to keep the inside of the tank uncluttered. Then I pump it back up into the tank.
After reading some more about dwarf hair grass (dhg) here on the forum I decided I should replant mine. I separated into much smaller clumps (3-8 blades) and used tweezers to push it back in. I also trimmed the tops off with sharp scissors to encourage more runners and better carpeting.