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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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First Journal


Hello, my name is Justin and I am a college student from Southern California! I have been a lurker here for a while, but finally felt the need to make a post! In a short few days, finals are going to be starting. I recently had a quarter life crisis where I changed my major and really evaluated what I wanted to do with my life. So these next few weeks will be rough in this transition stage. To get myself through these times, I thought it would be fun to to start a new tank and share that experience here.

I have done quite a few aquascapes at home, and have even done one in college. What gets me everytime to eventually hate my creation is that I cut corners, or do not think of a problem that ultimately makes me dislike the aquarium. I'm not a perfectionist by any means, but especially with a fish tank you see and work with every day, any slight annoyances grow with time. Having rounded corners on the tank, not happy with the overall setup, disliking my stand, and seeing a chip on the glass are all small, but extremely annoying things that really made me want to start over each time. With perfection (at least within my own perception), I hope that I can enjoy this aquascape fully.

Wow, so much text, thank you all who read so far. Right now, I am in the planning phase. I am going to buy everything off of Amazon as humanly possible for convenience's sake as I do not have a car. I also do have a budget, but I'm willing to splurge as this sort of represents a new time in my life as I enter a new school with new goals. Hope you guys enjoy the ride and I'm excited to see where this goes!

*All products are linked for my convenience and your convenience


Ultum Nature Systems 5N Clear Rimless Tanks, 4.6 gal
Sektion White Wall Cabinet 15 x 15 x 20”
SEKTION Wall cabinet - white, Häggeby white, 15x15x15 " - IKEA
Tech'n'Toy SunSun HW-602B External Canister Filter
Glass Lily Pipe Spin Outflow and Inflow - JARDLI
GoGreen Power GG-16103MS 6 Outlet Surge Protector
Clear Tubing
(Looking around)
Chihiros A-Series
Lily Pipe Cleaner
(Debating on how I want to do this, and which glassware I should use)
(I don’t like heaters, but nights are so cold here and my apartment isn’t very well insulated)
Filter Media
(Looking into)
Acrylic Paint

Scaping Materials

Pool Filter Sand
(I bought a 20 gallon bag many years ago from Leslie’s)
Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum
Seiryu Stone
(I’m looking for this, but so expensive everywhere *sad*)


Least Killifish (Heterandria formosa)
(I have no idea where to get these *more sad*)
Tiger Shrimp (Caridina cantonensis)
(I have no idea where to get these either *sadness increases*)


Rotala macrandra sp. “Mini Butterfly”
(Where do I get all these plants *sigh)
Rotala sp. “Mini Pearl type 1”
(Still no idea, but that’s later I guess *more sighs*)
Rotala sp. “Mini Pearl type 2”
Carpet Plant
(Debating between HC and Belem hair grass)

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