Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Citrus Heights, CA
Thanks for the kind words everyone! If you look back on my prior tanks, trust me they were far far far from stellar. I think the three biggest things with this tank were first and foremost having good materials to start with. I had 25# of seriyu to work with and a whole plethora of amazing pieces of manzanita from Mr. Barr. I have never had access to such good scaping materials before and it really made my vision come to life much easier. Second was taking my time piecing everything together, i have rushed all prior tanks and regretted it. Ive spent the past year slowly gathering all the best materials and equipment for this tank. Third is i had a few pictures of great tanks in front of me as i was doing it. I looked at the pictures and tried to use the best aspects from each.
Of course now that it is full of water i would change some things. When it was dry the left was my favorite. Now that it is flooded, the left side is too tall and really limits plantings. I almost wish i had just made the right side branchier and left the left side more flat, almost extending the valley. But it will be this way for the next year until it is time to move and i can redo it again. I really like the ever evolving manner of this tank and have the next year to plan how to make it better.
I am getting extremely antsy to get the royals in there. I just finished making some rodi. Going to switch the tank to 100%(or as close as possible)rodi today and will try some blondes tomorrow if parameters stay stable.