Hello and welcome to my 20 gallon long build log!
It is a bit premature to start the build log at this point because I am missing the majority of, everything, but I just couldnt help myself now that I got the tank up on the stand I built.
The tank is a Petco tank from their $1/gallon sale that I took the top rim off. I wrote a step by step how to article on how to derim an aquarium that you can check out here
. The stand I made from 2x3s.
Right now all I have is the tank, stand and a full 5lb co2 tank that I picked up today for $20 on craigslist. The only other thing I have at this point is a Marineland Magniflow 160 canister filter that I picked up open box, but unused for $50 shipped off fleabay. Its still in the mail, should be here soon.
As for the plan... I am very torn right now... I would like to either go with a dirted tank with a black blasting sand cap, with a Blyxa background and a carpet plant foreground, pretty simple. I would like to do this, but there is no challenge with this, I know it will be great but pretty simple. It would give me the opportunity to do a dirted tank which I havent really ever done.
The other idea is to do something with spider wood and really go all out with a kind of scape I have never done before.
Either way it will be a high-tech tank.
On the other hand, with this being a small tank, it wont take long to complete either scape, so I think I might do one, then the other. we'll see...
Anyway, I'm rambling and will probably edit this out later... here are pics for now
Here is the tank up on the stand. The stand is 36" tall, I prefer my tanks to be up higher, closer to eye level. This tank is going to be in the corner of my office, where I can enjoy it in the room I am in most of the time.
The full 5lb co2 tank I grabbed off craigslist, I think its expired, but its full. a 5lb tank should last well over a year on a 20 gallon tank, so I'm not too worried about it.