I will keep this tank updated with pictures and commentary as often as possible. I hope this journal will help others who are in pursuit of similar style of fish/plant keeping.
I have had numerous planted tanks for the last 10 years. My very first comprised of all equipment bought at petco. At age 16 I worked at an aquarium store in Monrovia, CA. At about 18 I started my first nano reef. A year and a 50g breeder later, I was heavily involved in the Acan hype-era. I built many contacts through nano-reef and reefcentral that gave me access to wholesalers in Gardena, CA. From there I was very active in frag swaps across southern Cali. As college got more busy, I strayed away from reefing and got into the nature aquarium style fish keeping. I have never, in my mind, gotten a fish tank to exactly where I wanted it. Never got to where I was like "Ok, this is what I was going for, I'm satisfied." I think thats part of the addiction to this hobby. Alright, enough of the crap..
I recently moved out to Chicagoland for my first job and figured it was time to start a new tank. I was familiar with Mr. Aqua products but could not find a retailer that carried their line. So I found a slightly used rimless tank from glasscages on craigslist. The measurements are perfect on it and it was, in my mind at the time, just big enough for 2-3 discus. However, the more research I do, the more I'm beginning to think it is not big enough for discus considering how much water parameters will fluctuate in such a small volume. I will be adding a school of smaller fish for sure. Maybe cardinals, maybe galaxy rasboras.
This is the hard part. Hardscaping. Any tips would help. Im getting a box of manzanita branches soon but I just wanted to mess around with an all rock scape. Couldn't wait to get my tank setup!!!
DIY Stand and Light bar
GlassCages Tank: 36"L x 18"W x 16"H
2 LED Flood lights from
3 9L Amazonia and 1 9L Amazonia Powder
~30 lbs Seiryu