update? must see pictures over the course of 20 days or so lol!
Ooops! I'll get some photos this weekend. It's just been daily feeding, weekly water changes, and picking out the occasional pest snail. I do need to wipe the inside of the tank down and adjust my lighting period slightly. I'll have an update come Saturday!
sub'd! Nice progress. I'm setting up a 125G soon and plan on a low-tech-ish jungle look. I really like your rocks, my old 75g had a huge boulder in it, weirdly one of my favorite parts of the tank...
I've taken a few ideas from your build to possibly incorporate into mine. The DJ power switch seems like a nice idea and the finnex 24/7 seems cool as well. I had been planning on a Current brand light, did you look at those at all when you were shopping? the finnex boasts about "true 660nm red LEDs" but I don't really know much about that vs what the current has to offer.
I hope the fish calm down for you soon!
Not weird at all in my opinion! The huge rocks and java fern was the only 'planned' portion of my tank and I do love it. The DJ power rack is awesome, definitely plan on using one or two on all my future builds. A lot cleaner than multiple power strips or unplugging equipment during maintenance. The finnex 24/7 was something I had lying around, if you are buying new, look into the Vivagrow 24/7 light. I have had a current USA Sat+ in the past and considered them briefly for this tank as well. The issue with lighting, for me, comes down to cost, appearance of the tank, and growth. Cost is self explanatory and any light with about 30 par at your substrate will grow just like my tank here. The physical appearance of the light wasn't a factor since I plan on having an enclosed canopy, but the height of the canopy led me to LEDs instead of my fabled spiral CFLs.
For a standard 125g, that is 24" tall, I would DEFINITELY recommend the 72" beamswork pent 0.5w LED light that I have. It struggles with my 24" width a bit, but a 18" wide tank would be much more easily lit. I have mine suspended a foot or so off the tank, so the extra height on the standard 125 wouldn't be an issue. The light I have is very similar to the Finnex Ray 2 as far as the par. So the new Finnex 24/7 SE would work as well as the Ray2 as a replacement. The Sat+ would be too weak, but the Sat+ pro by Current would work well. The issue is the cost of those lights. You would need two of the 36" lights.
I don't, personally, care about true 660nm reds or any of that jazz. Plain white has worked well for my low tech tanks since the dawn of my immersion in the hobby. I had 5000K & 6500K spiral CFLs, 10000K and 6500K beamswork lights, Finnex planted + 24/7, Current USA Sat+, and even a small adventure into DIY LEDs. Keeping it simple has worked best for me.
Lastly, I haven't had any losses in a the past weeks. Seems like it has calmed. The Congos are starting to get very pretty. I plan on picking up a mix mash of local rainbows in the future. Time to clean out a temporary holding tank!