I'm thinking about doing almost this exact setup. Same tank, same stand. What is this stand made of? Particle board? I see it for 216 on amazon. I just want to make sure its a quality piece.
Positron the stand is made of solid wood. My only complaint is that it does not have a a solid piece of wood across the top. The top is open, with supports around the outside.
Sorry for the longgggg delay. Life got itself in one big hurry, and I have been slowly accumulating pieces to finally get going on this tank.
Yesterday I decided it was time to get moving on this tank. First stop was my local supermarket to pick up the distilled water needed to fill the tank and canister filter. The looks I was getting from other patrons was worth the price alone. The cashier asked me what it was all for, and I replied "The apocalypse is coming" with a creepy voice and one twitching eye.
Then I needed to figure out how I was going to set up my drift wood... this was what I came up with.
I threw some black flourite in where I wanted to build the mound, here is the overhead shot with all the magical goodies... Borneowild Bacter Crystals and Mosura Old Sea Mud.
Then came the Aquasoil...
I threw water in last night, and have been letting the filter run trying to clear up the water. Any pointers on cleaning up the murky layer off the surface? I raised the lily pipe to churn more of the top layer, not sure what else I can do. Here are the first pictures with water in tank. Sorry for the iphone pictures, I'll break out the dslr once things clear up.
View from direct front:
View from left side, where living room seating is:
I'm still not sure on the rainbow rock, any thoughts on that? I wanted a viewing platform up close near the corner so hopefully I can get some decent macro shots later on.
So a few questions now for you guys...
1. How to get rid of the murky top layer on top of the water from the aquasoil?
2. Thoughts on the rainbow rock?
3. I have the SaltyShrimp remineralizer now, seems pretty pointless to use that until a week or so before I add shrimp?