So its been a long time coming and I finally got my hands on a 12 gallon long. Ive 'upgraded' from a 20 long to the 12 gallon, parted out with plants, fish to make room. Im going to try and make this tank looks as nice as what I see on here with some other users, so wish me luck. Ill list what I have below and try to keep everything updated. I do have plans for the tank and Ive done some research.
Aquamaxx Low Iron 12 gallon long with Mr Aqua leveling mat
36"-48" Current Satellite LED Plus
10L Extra Fine Marfied Controsoil
First Layer - Laterite
Eheim 2215 - Stock media and Purigen
Hydor Nano 240, Hydor Inline 200W heater, GLA Inline Diffuser, CO2Art kit w/ 15lb CO2 cylinder.
Dry Start Method - AR Mini, DHG, Monte Carlo, S Repens, UG.
- Slowly going dutch
3 Oto's as of Aug 15th
Now onto the good stuff so far that happened over the weekend. Its kind of hard living in an apartment so I had to come up with an idea, though it wasnt the greatest if anything happened. I decided to use my bathroom, along with some towels (like theyre going to stop all the water in case the tank broke
). Nothing to special, but I was nervous since this is my very first rimless tank.
I let this set for about 18 hours.. constantly checked for leaks. Headed off to bed, and just waited for a big crash or noise over night. Checked in the morning and found no leaks, water was still at the line I drew. Drained it, dry it out, and placed it on my dresser where my 20 long was.
Washed some Laterite, let it set in the sun to dry, and placed it on the bottom, about 2 inches from the side so you couldnt see it from the front. After that, added about 3/4th of the 10L bag of Controsoil. Scaped some stuff out, re-arranged, scaped, re-arranged.. and over the weekend I was finished and was happy how it turned out.
Here was the very first picture and scape I came up with:
After messing around with some rocks and angles, I broke up some stone and placed 2 or 3 more stone to try and offset it a bit.
Here is my final scape, and Im pretty happy with it:
Monday morning (today) I contacted @SubstrateSource
to place an order for some Tissue Culture since I will be doing the DSM. Here is what I ordered:
- 1 cup - AR Mini
- 4 packs - DHG
- 1 cup - Monte Carlo
- 2 TC cups - S Repens
- 1 TC cup - UG
I still have to order my Cal Aqua Labs X1s, GLA inline diffuser, and Thrive+. Since the tank isnt flooded, Im not worried about those yet.
Now, I just sit back, relax, and wait for my plants to arrive!