The algae tank met it's maker. I have spend so much time experimenting on it that I killed everything but Francine and a sponge covered in clado (from the marimo ball that lived in the tank for a long time) and grew tired of looking at an empty tank. Meanwhile, the husband was cleaning out the apartment after tenants moved out and came across a 10 gallon that they didn't want. So he brought it home and I started to work on a bright idea I came up with on an insomnia filled night. I owe Karatech credit for giving me some ideas about tanks and walls and the rest kind of fell into place.
10 gallon standard glass rectangle
Folk art acrylic paint
Old scrap piece of poster board to protect acrylic paint
Packing tape to hold up said poster board
Scraper to remove paint due to trying to paint to quickly and bubbling the background
2nd tube of folk art acrylic paint to correct above error
1 versa top with the handle and plastic removed
1 tube of silicone
Caribsea Tahitian Moon Super Naturals sand
Red Sea Florabase (this stuff is excellent, I wish I could afford to use it exclusively)
A random stick
Blue Pearl Shrimp
Three small swords for now until I find plants for the background I like
Cladophora covered sponge (the shrimp love picking on it and I had to honor the algae)
A stem of MU I found floating
Hornwort and Red Root Floaters
The crypt was moved over long enough to hate it and moved back to the 55 (I kind of melted leaves overnight as a result.
marselia minuta (I hope it lives as this is all I have of it)
The goal of the tank is to represent city streets decaying and returning to nature. This is a common occurrence in our town and I wanted to represent that. A little different, I know. But I think it'll look cool once I get it set up more. So basically, I siliconed both pieces of glass in the tank with approximately 1/3 space for plants, left a gap and filled with sand. I think it looks pretty good. Can't wait to add more plants - anyone have any dwarf sag?
The hubby helping (he likes this idea and picked the paint color)
Tip, don't just accept tiny leaks in the silicone. It's settled a bit and I lost a tiny amount due to not sealing it tightly....
Baby's of the sword I took out of the 55 (not staying)
Cute picture of the small sword covered in shrimp(staying if it can handle life without co2):
Snail going to the direst place in the tank, he's not happy about the clean home:
Odd yellow that came from the pearls. May take him/her to another tank free of shrimp (a nano)
And a tank without algae would be a travesty