Update time, beeyotches!!!
Tuesday night I went to the gym.
That's right, that's a 415 pound deadlift. Its ok if you confuse me with Superman. Happens all the time. And let's face it, when you have a tank as badass as this one's gonna be, you have to be able to protect yourself.
Come at me bro. Do you even lift?
So I took off work on Wednesday to work on the tank. I normally bring my daughter school in the mornings. She asked me why I wasn't wearing a suit. I can't tell her that I took the day off because she'll whine and want to stay home with me, so I told her that I lost my job and that we'll have to sell the house. That'll teach her to ask questions..
I went to Lowes with a mission to get the plumbing pieced together. Took me about 2 hours. The plumbing section is a dang mess, and it was like a freakin' scavenger hunt. Anyway. I got everything I needed EXCEPT for a 1/2 inch male threaded to a 5/8 barb. The store only had one. So, I bought what I had pieced together, and headed for Home Depot. They didn't have it either... this must be the most popular piece of plumbing equipment in the city. I wound up at some crappy hardware store that looked like an Ace knockoff. The place didn't even have air conditioning, but it did have the barb. I bought it, and headed home for some plumbing lovin'.
I don't have pics of the build, but here it is after I put it together and hooked it to the filter
I filled the tank with water and got the filter started. Why is it so damn hard to prime a Fluval? Anyway, some shots of a tank full of water
There's an odd beauty to a tank full of nothing but water.
By that time, the wife and kid came home, and all Hell broke loose. I had to stop working on the tank, because my sweet little one wanted me to make her a stage so we could play finger puppets. I'm a grown man who can deadlift 500+ pounds, and I'll be damned if I let some little turd dictate stuff to me.. especially something as unmanly as finger puppets.
So last night, after work I broke open the two bags of Flourite and started rinsing them off. I drained the tank, added the substrate and filled it again
Still a little cloudy. I think this gravel with the gravel from the old tank should be enough. I want to start cycling, but its hard to find pure ammonia. Plus, you don't want to purchase a bunch of pipe bomb looking stuff and also start asking where the pure ammonia is.... I'll have to look this Sunday, as tomorrow is another LSU home game, so I'll be rockin' in Tiger Stadium.
A Day in the Life of bluecheese Tangent: A group of funeral directors came to my office today to open an account. It was the creepiest thing I ever had to do. It was like interviewing the Grim Reaper for a job. They all gave off that funeral home carnation smell. Like its not unpleasant, but you just know they do that to cover the corpse smell. I'm pretty sure my hand is covered in dead people germs after shaking hands with them. Gives me the willies. On the way home I could still smell carnations on my clothes. I guess I'll have to burn that suit.
Stuff left to do:
Find ammonia and start the cycle
Still need a co2 tank. I still have time on that though
Figure out hard scape. I was thinking of moving the big piece over to the right side, and the amorphous branch thing to the left. Not sure why, but it makes me feel artistic.
Once the tank is cycled and the hardscape is complete, I'll be moving my fish to a ten gallon that I'll be cycling. I'll have to remove all plants, put them in a safe place. Move substrate to new tank. Plant the plants. Move fish to new tank.