Time to hit the reset button ! Over the past winter circumstances forced me to put my tanks on Ď restricted maintenanceí for a few months . All my smaller tanks had no problems , but this thing turned into an algae farm . So , decided to pull the fish and plants , and insert a massive dose of bleach . Thatíll teach them algaes!
So , the plan now is to have a piece of wood as a more or less central feature with 2Ē or so of substrate banking down to an open sand area . Thereíll be a stone embankment separating the substrate from the sand , plus a low wall of Coroplast to ensure the separation . Havenít decided if Iíll use the rounded stones as in the horrible quality picture below , or if I will go for something else , local sandstone or maybe ĺĒ crushed stone .
Filter : Eheim 2215 , from old setup , transferred and running in another tank so the bugs donít die and cycling time will be reduced .
Heater : Jager , 150 watt
Light : Finnex Stingray . Not real powerful but this will be a low light , easy plant setup .
Maybe a UV down the road .
Substrate : Black Diamond 20/40 over Eco Complete . Mainly because Iíve got both , and BDBS has worked real well for me in a couple of other tanks .
So hereís where things stand right now :
The wood was pulled out of the woods a few months back and was pretty spongy . Hosed it down , and baked it at 275 F. or so to drive out any moisture and dispatch anything that might be living inside . It needs to be stabilized with penetrating epoxy or it wonít last long . Iíve got it standing on a couple of 1 ľ PVC couplings . Iíll figure something out to connect the wood to the PVC and the PVC with a piece of cut back floor tile . A couple of 3Ē stainless wood screws should do the job .