So here's the moment. The moment you have all been waiting for! A crappy partial full tank shot!!!!
"Looks kind of sparse," you say. Calm your nerves brah. The plants still have to fill in.
Anyway, as I mentioned, I took some days off of work to get this bad boy finished. Saturday was football, and on Sunday I took the wife to go see Book of Mormon at the newly refurbished Saenger Theatre. That was an entertaining show, as long as you're not one of those who are easily offended. And if you are one of those who are easily offended, get over yourself. Life is too short.
On Monday I started pulling the plants out of the old tank. Tuesday I was in the midst of getting all the plants out, but my wife had taken the day off also (yay! sigh) and we went to go see Captain Phillips. Great movie. But it taught me that Somali pirates are the scariest looking dudes in the world, even if they are all malnourished and only weigh 95lbs. After the movie, I got all the plants out the tank and separated into Ziploc bags full of tank water.
Wednesday I finally had the whole day to myself. I was able to move the fish to a 10 gallon that I have and break down the rest of the tank. It took a while to clean the old gravel; 5 years of fish funk is nothing fun to deal with. The clean gravel was moved to the new tank, I added root tabs to the substrate and I started planting. I got the root tabs and the fertz I use from nilocg, here on the forum. I can't say enough good things about his products. Look him up for any fertz you need.
List of plants:
Jungle Vals (you can see them in the back. I trimmed them before planting)
Some sort of Crypts; not sure of the exact kind
Java fern, I think? placed on the wood
I also bought some sort of bolbitus from PetSmart
Black neon tetras
Black skirt tetras
I will, eventually get more fish for the tank. Definitely more Endlers. Probably some cory cats. I really like the look of Cardinal Tetras, but I've read they're a pain in the ass and die off in droves if you aren't careful.
Some more pics:
Hmm. Some of the pics are sideways. I wonder why that's happening? Oh well, I'm to lazy to fix it. Turn your head to the side, or turn your monitor to the side if it bugs you that much.
I have some more plants on order, some marsilea quadrifolia for that empty space in the foreground. I also have a blyxa japonica on its way. I have no experience with this plant, but I've always liked the look of it. I ordered from h4n on here. I've ordered from him before, and I highly recommend him. His plants are top notch and well priced.
This experience has been a lot of fun so far. I guess from here on out it'll be updates on the plant growth and new additions.
Thanks everyone for checking this out.