I'm a bit of an accidental aquarist, so forgive me if I stumble a bit. You see, my daughter came home from kindergarten with a goldfish one day last fall unannounced to me. I suspect she and my wife were in cahoots. I went out and bought a cheap 1.5 gallon tank thinking this experiment would go away soon enough. Welp, as you might suspect, "Goldie" went to heaven pretty quickly. The lesson in life went pretty well for the little one, but it didn't take too well on my wife's part.
She convinced me that "we" needed to keep fish and "we" needed to do it well. So, after a quick trip to a very good LFS I came home with a 10 gallon tank complete with those things that fish need like filters, heaters, and whatnot.
Turns out, I had some learning to do.
Fast forward a year and a half and our 10 gallon continues to thrive and has been upgraded to a low tech planted tank with a canister filter and a bunch of happy inhabitants. Job done. Except now, I have the itch for bigger and better ... soooooo ....
I found a nice corner that's perfect for a 50G acrylic and started buying parts.
50G SeaClear tank
Finnex Planted+ 24/7 SE 36"
Fluval 406 canister
Hydor ETH 300 Inline Heater
Fluval Sea CP3 Circulator
GLA Pro1 CO2 Regulator
5 Pound CO2 Tank
Atomic Inline Diffuser/ Check valve
AQUA Pearl Drop Checker
Milwaukee MC122 PH Controller
Flourite Dark Substrate
I also built myself a stand out of 1.5" 16ga square tube.
So far, there's not much in it. I just got an annubis, a dwarf sagittaria, and a sword plant sitting in there. I'm still working on how I'm going to design the hardscape, pick plants, and then I need to consider the fish (obviously). I've got plenty of time to think while the tank cycles, although I seeded the filter with media from my established tank, so it should move pretty quickly. I'm on vacation in a couple of weeks, so I'll wait to add fauna until afterwards.
Here's the obligatory photo. Note, it will have trimmed out covers added to the stand pretty soon. I'm just waiting for my buddy to return my biscuit joiner. It'll have a bottom hinged front cover that will secure with some neodymium magnets at the top with an easy to access tray for foods and chemicals. The hinges will be quick release so that I can get full access without much trouble.
That's all for now, I'll add more once I figure out what I'm going to stick in there.