Even though I've been hanging out in the forums for over a year now, I want to thank everyone that is part of the TPT community. I can't imagine getting into this hobby without this amazing resource!
That said, I am exited to begin this new planted tank project and I hope you follow along. I have had other tanks in the past, but I'd like to think that those were practice. My goal is that this project will both help me develop my aquascaping/aquarist skills and a way to give something back to this community.
Here we go!
TANK: ADA 60P 60x30x36cm, ADA glass lid
SUBSTRATE: ADA substrate system (powersand special S, 5 elements, new Amazonia)
FILTRATION: Eheim ECCO 2236, AQUA!MUSIC 13mm lily pipes (from member mordalphus by way of somewhatshocked)
CARBON DIOXIDE: pending, open to suggestions. I previously used a DIY paintball setup based on Jaggedfury's plans. Since I have several paintball tanks, I may buy an aquatek adaptor so that I can use standard regulators and upgrade to a standard tank in the future.
LIGHTING: Aquaticlife 24" dual T5HO w/ Coralife 6,700w bulbs and Aquaticlife hanging kit.
HEATING: Hydor 200w inline heater
STAND: DIY ADA-style stand with DIY hanging bar
HARDSCAPE: Seriyu-type stone (from members PC1 and flowerfishes)
DOSING: pfertz high tech solution
FLORA: I haven't completely decided. Again, open to suggestions. Maybe a carpet of glosso or HC since I've grown them both before. Something like Blyxa to break up the area between the substrate and stones. Definitely some fissidens on the stones. I also like the idea of some cascading hydrocotyle sp. Japan. Probably not the most creative, but I don't want to get too elaborate.
FAUNA: Also pending, but likely Otocinclus, Amano shrimp and a single-species school. I'm leaning towards wild-caught cardinal tetras since I have colleagues involved in Project Piaba. Like the plants, pretty standard species list.
The starting point. So many possibilities!
The hanging bar was made with electrical conduit. Very easy to make, especially since I bent it right at Home Depot. Not the most aesthetic design, but it serves for now.
Here's a closeup of the Aquaticlife hanging kit:
It does the job, but leaves a lot to be desired. The plastic coating on the wire strips very easily, which causes some trouble when adjusting. But on the positive, you get a whole lot of the wire!
I've actually begun aquascaping, and I'm writing this to clear my mind before I have another go at it. So stay tuned for prototype 'scapes!
Thanks for following,
Last edited by Dave Allen; 07-23-2012 at 12:52 AM.
Reason: name change
What's the blue masking tape for? Classy library, by the way .
Thanks Genius! I was using the masking tape to mark off the substrate line in the front (and also mucking around with the golden ratio). And I'm trying to be better about not using the bookshelves to hold aquarium supplies. I think they creep around at night. . .
move the slope and all a bit to the left, bunch them up to create your main stone, and work from there, all you need to move is about 4 inches left slope and all, its ok if the stones touch, i am new at this my self and just recently lay out a 120h. I did lots of studying and its all about feel, I did loosely use the golden rule