Hello all! So i wanted to start a journal for one of my dream scapes. There are 3 scapes/layouts that i call my dream scapes. This one is my oldest and the one i have wanted since as far back as i can remember. The main drive behind this comes from my favorite movie as a little kid - The Little Mermaid. When i was little i watched this movie several times a day with my grandmother, who first introduced me to fish tanks. I have always wanted a tank with a sunken ship in it, steming from the scene at the end with all the sunken ships at the bottom of the sea while they fight ursula.
Well now that i am an adult (or at least pretend to be
) and have the space, its time to start making my dream a reality. This is going to be a long build, but a fun one. I wanted to make a journal not just to share, but admitedly i will need some help along the way.
This will be my first high'ish tech tank. I'll be using CO2 (non DIY) which will be a first for me. I'm not really planning on growing any plants that require CO2, but i want to have it for good growth and to bring out the best colors in my plant choices. So, onto the details!
- 40 Breeder
- Aquatop AT-300
- Concoa/Airco dual-stage 3000psi/30psi regulator, Fabco NV-55 needle valve, JBJ style bubble counter
- Current Sat+
- Seiryu Stone
- Play Sand
- Standard ferts, liquid macros/micros just need to calculate dosage and regime
- Various Bucephalandra - primary plant of the scape
Proserpinaca palustris (mermaid weed)
- Betta macrostoma
This will be a work in progess, but i figured i'd start it now to keep all my thoughts in one place. Like most of my tanks and ideas, i like to draw them out before hand. Below is a rough drawing of what i have in mind. Scale is a little off, but just to give you an idea. The ship i want to go with is 15"L 4"W 10"H. For reference, a 40B is ~36"L 18"W 16"H. Also included is a picture of the actual ship i want to order. Some big things that i would LOVE some insight on;
I know the ship will need work done to it to get it aquarium safe. I may have to sand it down, possibly coat it with something, remove sails, etc. The one i'm looking at is all wood. Worst case, i can always order a kit and build it myself to make sure nothing is toxic, but i really dont want to go that route as it will probly take FOREVER. Hoping to make the assembled work! What to do here...
The hardscape i'm pretty set on. I will play around once i get the materials to make it exact, but roughly you get the idea. Along the bases of the rock structures i'm sure i want to have Anubias nana-petite and on the log fallen on the left side i want weeping moss. Next to the ship towards the front, will be an Anubias Marbled-varigated (been saving up for this one
). Other than that, i'm open to suggestions (and would reall like some). Where would you put what? I have several buce species, anubias species, i need to get the hygro. As for mosses i have anchor, NL, mini riccia, x-mas and i'm always open to getting more mosses. I'm also thinking Proserpinaca palustris. Open to any and all suggestions for plants. This will be a buce dominant scape
CO2. I have done a lot of research and understand the pieces and so forth, what i'm looking for is advise on how much/big of a tank to go with for this size of setup?? Again not planning on having high demanding CO2 plants. Also, should i just buy a setup pre-built? Or build one up myself?
Lastly just tips on the general planting and design theme of this tank. Any ideas are encouraged and welcomed, even if you just have an idea for one little area of the tank! I'll be picking up the tank and starting the sump build this week, and from there it will be slowly piecing everything together. Thanks for looking everyone, i'll update as i can