I have moved in with my girlfriend so took down the 4 tanks I had going. It was too much to keep up with nowadays and I hardly even looked in the tanks unless I was doing a quick waterchange. I felt like I was neglecting the tanks and inhabitants. So after donating the fish to the LFS and selling all the shrimp (so sad to see the Pure Lines go), plants, and equipment I got moved in this past weekend.
Of course I am setting up ONE aquarium. No more than 1, mark my words haha. Since I am only going with one tank, I wanted to make it a nice one. So I headed down to ADG to pickup a 60-P 'mist'. I got some other goodies as well: Aquasoil normal and powder, PowerSand, Bacter 100, Green Bacter, and going to try the ADA fertilizer system. I want to make the daily maintenance of the tank as minimal as possible so def too lazy for mixing dry ferts...
I bought a pretty decent stand for tank from Dr. Fosters and Smith. It was only $100 and seems to be sturdy and looks good. I bought a 24" Fishneedit T5 24watt x4 bulbs. I am going to build a light stand from some square stainless steel I ordered online and suspend it above the tank. Let's hope it turns out how I envision it...
Then came the hardscape. I had originally bought ~25 pounds of Ryuoh stone form ADG hoping to come up with an Iwagumi. After several frustrating hours rearranging the stones, I gave it up. Stupid me bought 8 stones all of the same size so it all looked to uniform. So I went back down to ADG to exchange them for some driftwood. I dug through their boxes of driftwood and found some possible candidates but still didn't love a scape. I said screw it and went for the Unzan stone that was just sitting there taunting me. I got a large and 2 small pieces. This stone is pretty awesome and its basically an instant scape. Just put them in the tank and poof! a scape!
I got holes drilled in the stand for co2 and filter lines and the tank filled with water tonight. There aren't any plants in there yet as I just bought some HC and still looking for E. Tenellus 'red'. I am pretty sure those will be the only plants in the tank.
I snapped a couple pictures before drilling and filling with water. More to come tomorrow, its getting very late and work in the morning is approaching!
tank: ADA 60-P mist
light: Fishneedit 4x 24watt T5HO
substrate: Aquasoil normal and powder
filter: Eheim 2215 with aquamagic pipes
co2: 24oz. paintball tank with GLA regulator diffused with a Do Aqua 20D music glass
ferts: Brighty K, Step 1, Step 2
flora: HC, e. tenellus 'red', e. hydropiper in the pockets (if i can ever find any)
fauna: def a school of small fish (tetra or rasbora most likely), 10 pygmy corries, amano shrimp, a couple assassin snails