This is my first setup that I've taken time on to do right. All my other ones were pretty much thrown together with no real planning on anything.
I'd had this
tank sitting in my garage for a while and I was getting the bug to start something new. My 45 jungle was about a year old and was in desperate need of a revamp. Plus I needed something bigger as I had 4 rams, 2 angels, 3 kribs and a half dozen corys that were all growing out their current space.
First thing I needed to do was build a stand
Some of these pictures are in the stand build thread.
Starting the dirt process. About 3/4" of organic potting mix (not the name brand kind). Lots of wood, but I don't care. It seems to break down well after a while and I didn't have time to sift it.
Next a layer of plain kitty litter topped with a dusting of azomite and osmocote+ granules (didn't get pictures of this phase. It was late, sue me
Next layer is old substrate from my 45. Its essentially decomposed sphagnum moss with sand mixed in.
And of course I didn't get a picture of the paver sand cap going on. I think it looks pretty good. I'll get close up pictures of that tonight as well.
Initial hardscape set. Not bad for placing it and liking it from the get go.