Hello. This is my first ever journal. I have a 29 gal planted tank that has been running for about 3 years now so I'm not a total beginner. This will be my first riparium. Sorry if I'm doing this wrong. I also welcome and appreciate critiques and opinions and advice and anything else you feel like sharing with me.
The tank is a Mr. Aqua 17.1 gal. First my mom helped me build a stand. We made it out of 2x4s and then used plywood for the top and bottom and shelves and a thinner plywood for the sides. We morticed (sp? word?) the corners of the 2x4 top and bottom frames. I did not want doors on it because I am lazy and don't like to open/close cabinet doors. I'm not even kidding I am that lazy. Here is the basic frame with the tank and its new occupant--a siamese fighting catfish:
And here it is all done with the tank on it:
So then I got some beach rocks and I know this is controversial. These are rocks found on the cost of Maine. They are probably granite? They are very hard, I cannot scrape any off with my fingernail. I have also put them in a bucket of water to soak for a month and I have some results but I'm not sure if here is the best place to post them or if I should have a new thread for that. I'll be using RO water for this tank as my well water is wacky.
I have a BuildMyLED light on its way and I have ordered a starter kit from hydrophite for the hangers and riparium plants. I also plan to plant a few (not a ton) of low light, easy aquatic plants like java fern maybe or a sword.
Here is how I have laid out the rocks. Please give me critques of the layout. I have included a second picture with labels to make it easier. Also if you see any rocks you think have no buisness being in a fish tank also please speak up.
So next up, once I decide on the rocks for sure I will clean them--not sure if I'm going to bleach or if I will just use H202. Then I have some white pool filter sand... I thought it would be a little darker, maybe it darkens up when it's wet? Because it's a little whiter in the bag then I was hoping it would be.