Planted Tank VIP
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Victoria,British Columbia, Canada
Ok, I'm back in Victoria and I am going to pick up my tank tomorrow. I have some cool idea's for what I am going to do with this tank so I thought I'd share some of them with you guys.
New stand - I have a brand new stand design to try. This is similar to my DIY 45/55 Gallon stand design, but its taller, and has more vertical supports.
DIY 3D Background - I've always been intrigued by the "Back to Nature" style 3D backgrounds, and the DIY concrete backgrounds but I have always been leary of the cost, weight, and annoyance of having something to seal against teh inside of your tank.
Given my misgivings I've come up with a rather funky idea. Build a shadowbox style enclosure to sit behind the tank. I am currently in the process of building a 6 foot long rock face that will sit behind the tank itself giving the illusion that the tank is a river cutting through the rock. The entire background will weigh less then 10 pounds when complete, and will add 6" behind the back piece of glass. This will not hold water or anything, but is simply there to provide the illusion of depth and hide the filters.
To make this project even more interetsing I am building a moon light system into the background box. This will effectively back light the tank with a slight blue glow when the main lights go off.
New Tank Layout - this tank is going to be modestly planted now, and will have a lot more open space then it did previously. There will be no slate "reef" in this tank any more as I want to showcase the background.
New Substrate - One of the reasons this tank will only be modestly planted is the need for a sand only substrate. This is going to be a showpiece tank for my loaches, and will require some rather soft sand.