This is ONE BEAUTIFUL AQUARIUM!!!!! I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!!! Angels are FREAKIN AWESOME, the Corys you have in there are MY FAVORITE (Sterbai and Melini)!!!!
Is there another journal telling more about the aquarium itself??? If not can you give us details on the workings of the tank? Filtration, Heating, Lighting, where did you get those BEAUTIFUL ANGELS??? What about the melini?
Is that Black Diamond Blasting Grit as a cap for the top soil? Do you have a plant List? What about Ferts?
Also, what are the dimensions of the tank?
Thanks for Everything!!!
I should probably take the time to do a journal but in a nutshell:
50 gallon oceanic...I had it in the basement for YEARS and never did anything with it.
Bought an oak unfinished base cabinet and reinforced it.
The filtration is drilled in the back top with two 1 1/2 schedule 80 bulkheads through a 24 inch internal surface weir. That dumbs into an external box with a bean animal drain setup.
That dumps into a 29 gallon sump in the cabinet. I have an old Ehiem submersible pump that goes to a Vecton-4: V2 400 UV sterilizer and then to a Hydor inline 300w heater.
Lighting is a 36" Ecoxotic E series light that I am in the process of building a riser for. It does a much better job if it is not resting on the tank edge.
Low tech tank, no co2.
Black Diamond substrate with DIY osmocote root tabs.
Plants are various java fern types and lots of various crypts.
parva in the front
lucens in the middle
balansae and wendetii of various colors in the back
bought all the crypts off Evil bay.
anubias hastifolia tucked into the rock piles.
Rocks are from various rock piles around the neighborhood.
I designed the sump, filter and built it all myself. I love DIY aquarium projects and i'm lucky to have access to some very nice manufacturing machines.
The real pucker factor was the acrylic external box. I had never really done much with acrylic and to build a waterproof box was a little intimidating. BUT so far no leaks!
The 10 angelfish are from petsmart and petco costing about $5-6 each. I really wanted the "basic" wild looking ones so when I found a basic normal silver I picked it up. Then one day they had three angels in a tank, I only wanted the one silver, then felt bad for the two lonely marbles, so I took them all.
The NON sterbai corys came from Petsmart.
The 10 sterbai all came from a LFS that I kept bugging to order me in some, and they finally did!