My fiance has generally been supportive of my obsession with keeping water, plants, and fish in glass boxes. Never a lot of enthusiasm, but he didn't hold me back. So when he happened to move into an apartment in my complex, I decided that now would be a great time to start expanding my hobby. Thus began my search for a good tank.
I didn't want one that would take up much space, given that he has a tiny apartment, but I wanted something no less than 5 gallons. I also didn't want anything too large that would get in the way of everything, and it just do happened that fiance had a nice nightstand that would perfectly hold a 12" cube tank. I looked at several tanks, but they all pretty much came out to within $10 of each other, so I went with the highest quality I could find.
I also knew that I wanted to use the cube in a way that might be a little inconvenient in a tank that wasn't so wide or deep. I've been seeing a lot of fantastic 3D backgrounds, and decided that I wanted one. I mean, if I'm going to a high quality tank, I want something really cool in it. I decided that the easiest way to make a smaller background would be stacking up slate rock. I was originally going to make the background go all the way across the back of the tank, until I realized how much rock it would take to do that. I cut it back to only doing a partial background to hide equipment. I ended up liking this much more, and it leaves more swimming room for the fish.
Looking back, I definetly would have done something different for the background, but what's the harm of trying something once? I would have gotten a 12" slate tile and just used that flat against the back wall of the tank. For a 3D background, I might consider going with the usual foam and paint thing.
TruAqua High Clarity Low Iron Glass Cube, 7.13 gallons
Substrate Source Midnight black sand
Osmocote+ homemade root tabs
Slate rock. lots of slate.
Baby Amazon Swords
Baby willow hygro
More to come!