Soo.... I am in the process of starting my first big tank. I'm new to the hobby (~3 months), but it has completely taken me over. It's all just so fasinating. My only tank ever is a fish only 20 gallon tank which makes this a huge next project, but I've been doing my research and have read hours upon hours of information out there. Not to mention all the YouTube videos and podcasts I've listened to that have inspired me. It is going to take some time for it all to come together (and $$$), and I would really like to hear all of your comments, feedback and suggestions as I make this journey. I know I could use some help from the more experienced people out there.
This is what I have so far:
- 120 gallon 60x18x26 (LxWxH) Marineland tank
- 60 pounds Ohko Stone (Dragon Stone)
- Two manzanita driftwood branches
What I plan to buy:
- Fluval FX6 canister filter
- 2 Fluval Fresh and Plant 2.0 LED 48in (I would like to only get 1, but I think 2 is a must if I want to grow carpeting plants at 24 inches)
- Finnex 500w titanium heater with controller
- 9 bags (180 pounds) of CaribSea Ecocomplete for an average 3 inch substrate
- 20 pound CO2 tank from local welding supply store
- GLA GRO CO2 regulator
- CAL AQUA pearl drop checker
- NilocG Rex Griggs style CO2 reactor advanced version with bypass valve
- DIY tank stand and canopy
- Another good piece of driftwood
Next on my to do list is to build the stand and canopy. My dad and I are going to do it together, so I'm looking forward to spending some time with him. It should be fun.
Here are a few pics...
The tank itself which my wife just absolutely loves. And by love I mean despise. I wish you could have seen her face when she first saw it! I actually did tell her about it, but she didn't realize how big the dimensions would be. She's actually fine with it now though.
The Dragon stone I cleaned this afternoon. It took a long time to get all the clay out of all the little holes and groves.
The one piece of manzanita driftwood I have so far.
Where I am going to put the tank. It is 72inches between the windows. The blinds will stay closed when the tank is up.