Came across some pygmy cories a while ago and found them to be pretty cute. Had nowhere else to put them but my shrimp tank. I figured it was high time to get them a more dedicated home and courtesy of the petco $/gal sale came home with 2 40b's. Decided to get this started before the weather is too cold to do all the prep work outside. Big thanks to 0live's thread on the 40b rack or else this may never have happened.
Plan is to make the top tank the display and the bottom tank the sump. I hate bending over to look at tanks so the bottom will be a sump and refugium. Since I am a chronic overstocker of fish, the extra water volume can't hurt.
Didn't like how the tank rested on the metal so went to HD and got some super heavy duty plywood to provide a more stable base for the tank.
No leaks! also, used the pump to see how fast I can fill the top tank. Calculated to roughly 500gph! The fish are going to be plastered against the glass, just the way I like it
Well, since I way oversized the pump, I'll go with 2 returns to split up some of that pressure and probably need to restrict some of the outflow.
Sweating bullets! I ran out of adrenaline and nerves to continue(Actually it was getting dark and I was getting hungry and so were the mosquitos. Will finish the rest of the holes tomorrow.)
Finally what you've all been waiting for, a rough scape idea. Driftwood courtesy of Tom Barr
Rough plant idea. that cyan colored area is supposed to be s. repens.
I dont like to trim so will be keeping this mostly low-light crypts, ferns, and mosses. The overflow will be a beananimal (I know its overkill but I'm drilling it anyway and it will be a good learning experience for the eventual discus tank) with a return on each side. Going to go with a deep sand bed to test it out and since the cories dont use the top part of the water anyway, no loss. Will put a refugium in the sump to grow stems and since I dont care how they look, trimming will be 5 secs of snip and remove.
Advice on planting the display is always welcome
Will also put some fiss covered slate perhaps or lava rocks completely covered with moss around the tank.
Will also be using black sand.
More photos tomorrow