Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Well I have all the plumbing put together, just will need to seal it in the tank, but I want to have the time to set up the aquascape exactly how I want it. As far as Eco, I love the stuff, and I get a pretty good discount from my LFS (V.I.P. member, aka I spend too much money there), so it really won't be too bad. Will be under $200 for all the Eco Complete I could ever need. Plus my neons and black skirts will be getting traded in for a few more zebras, and I have store credit from the 30+ pool comets I gave them (they were sold as pets not food due to the coloration on them), for my future apisto that I so dearly want.
I never thought to set the tank on the ground. I do have dogs and cats however. If this tank wasn't so heavy I'd get everything set up in the garage, then move it. Our 120 acrylic tank (SW) weighed less then the stand even. We did it just me and my bf, was a dream moving it. But I can't afford a NEW acrylic tank, so glass it is. So that is the main reason this has to happen at once. We are going to ask the guys at the fish store if they'd be willing to give us a hand, and if not the people who moved our pool table will be helping, granted once its in the basement, we can slide it on the carpet, but it'd be easier to just get the tank where it needs to be right away.
I do use unfiltered tap water, just some dechlorinator, but I figure if I keep some, I can transfer some mulm, and also, as lazy as it sounds, that's 8 less buckets I have to hall up and down the stairs (split level house, sink in the basement basement bypasses the water softener).
Also, we are thinking of going the cooler method, and our HOB (tested it today), will sit over the edge of the cooler and run. It's a 50 quart cooler. So while not gigantic, I can throw most of the fish in there, primarily my big guys, and a handful of danios and the others can go in the 10 gallon tank I have running, I'm thinking?
Last but not least, the spot where the tank is going (where the old tank is), is the slightest bit (like a mm over 4 feet), unlevel. Will insulating foam be enough? Or should I shim the stand. It is going on a foundation concrete slab against a wall btw.
Bump: Only other thing I haven't gotten yet are lights, as I'm waiting for the canopy, and will be mounting them along with cutting heat vents in the top of it. (It's your standard Marineland oak canopy). I have 2 mounted T5HOs in one of those old AGA light hoods, and two spares sitting in the basement which will work for now.