Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Orange County, CA
I wish I could love the tiles- I would if they were more "Spanish", but they really just remind me of a bathroom shower out of THAT 70'S SHOW. And our house was built in 1983! But believe me, we won't be doing anything to them for several years. Even when we can afford to do some renovation, it will be low on our priority list. The grout itself isn't bad, no dingy or anything. The tile colors just look institutional. There are a few tiles that have come loos around the edges, but I've saved them, in case I ever want to stick them back on. What I'd really love to do is re-face the tiles with a more natural rock/boulder look, like you'll see in some of those pool magazines.
That's the one thing I'm worried about with a skimmer. Although I have tons of little platies all over the place, I couldn't bear to lose any knowingly. I have an alternate idea, to drape some of the netting above the pond, stretching from the top of the overhanging patio cover to behind the tile wall. I think it would keep most of the leaves out, and it wouldn't affect the look of the area too much.
MEMBER: #15 Eheim Pimps Club, Cory Addicts Anonymous, COAST, AGA.
550g pond= koi, comets/shubunkin, water lillies.
165g RES turtle pond in progress.
100g planted tank= 240 watts c.f., 1 DIY 1-gal co2 jug, platies, angels, lace gouramies, congos, black neons, otos.
30g= cories, platies, platy fry, ghost shrimp.
18g= platy fry
10g= baby RES tank- Turtlebuddy
30g= temp. adult RES tank- Myrtlemamma
20gL= temp. juv. RES tank- Tweak and Mertle