Hello all -
I'm quite new to the aquatic hobby (c. September 2012), lured in by my wife who has kept fish on and off for most of her life (I just now realized the pun here). When we met in college, she had 5 tanks, including one 120G discus, in her 10x15 ft dorm room. Anyway, I picked up the hobby last year with a 55G planted that I did not do a journal for. After being captivated by reading two journals on TPT (UDGags and Rush3737) I've been inspired to create a journal for a 125G freshwater tank build. My wife and I have had this 125G tank since 2011 and it originally held Lake Malawi cichlids (Yellow Lab, Demasoni, Rustys, and ... something blue with dark blue stripes that I can't remember). At the time I was not into the hobby and the tank was too much work to keep so we put the fish up for adoption and the tank has been empty since. Now that I'm hooked (again with the completely unintentional puns) we're going to give the 125G another shot.
So first, since I know everyone likes pictures, I'll here's a pic of my low-tech 55G planted that I started in September 2012.
I've never asked for feedback on this tank so please reply with comments if you want more info.
Back to the 125. Here is the current equipment list:
125G tank: 72" x 18" x 21"
Custom stand: Purchased on Craigslist in 2011
Heaters: 2x Jager 300W (I think)
Sump: Aqueon ProFlex Model 4
Pump: Quiet One 5000 (or 3000, big difference I know)
Overflows: 2x Eshopps PF-800
Lighting: Aquaticlife 72" '4 bulb' (8x 39W T5 HO) (purchased 4/7/2013)
CO2: Will do CO2 injection, however since this is our first time, we're still bogged down in determining all the hardware we're going to get. Reading all the forum posts on recommended regulators, needle valves, drop checkers, reactors, etc.
Flora, Fauna, and scape design TBD
' build is a major inspiration considering we have the same tank size. My wife and I, however, have a smaller budget :-).
Finally, a pic of the 125 tank (there's a canopy not pictured here):
Yes - the tank takes up about a quarter of our living room. This shot was taken while leak testing the PVC plumbing for the sump (there were no leaks).