It sure didn't feel like a short break... just recently got into a new house with room to start a tank. I decided to treat myself to my biggest setup yet!
After searching around and buying a 125 gallon tank on Craigslist, I discovered that I didn't have a six foot section of wall that I could dedicate with my current floor plan. So I sold the 125 (and made $50) and continued shopping. I had almost resigned myself to buying a 75 gallon tank/stand combo from petsmartco but i thankfully snapped out of it and bought it right the first time with a new 120 gallon tank. 4x2x2 of awesome.
I picked up an eheim canister filter for the tank which was again a little much but I'm working extra for the project so I got what I wanted.
Today I picked up five bags of ADA Amazonia light for the substrate. I don't like the idea of doing a dirted tank because I moved stuff a lot when I did this last time around... I've used ecocomplete in the past but always admired the look of aquasoil... so I treated myself again and got it!
I have to decide on LED lighting for the tank, my LFS sells and recommends current satellite products. I've been kicking around the idea of a finned 24/7 light or a beamswork pent light. Still undecided there but I have a couple weeks to decide.
I'm building the stand with 2x4, 2x6 and plywood, I should be able to park on it by the end. I'll update with photos when I get that construction underway, probably next week.
I also went to the rock yard last week and picked up a bunch of gray basalt/granite rocks. $4.50. Seriously, it's a great way to get consistent rocks if you don't need the latest dragon eggshell unobtanium ada rocks. Ada sells some sweet looking rocks but I think when I clean these up they're going to be great. And if I don't like them, I'm out less than a Starbucks trip.
As far as plants for the tank, I love crypts and swords and tiger lotus. I like jungle looks with tall flowy plants. I have a running list of plants but I think crypts will play a large part. Probably hygro for stems, crypt parva for the foreground, crypt retrospiralis for the background along with swords. And I'm eager to grab some of that new buce, which I had never heard of before.
On to the fish! I will have a few sorts of rainbows, perhaps a goodied livebearer group, either green neon tetras or harlequin rasboras for the small fish and then a few oddballs yet to be determined. I've always wanted blue rams. Tossing around the idea of zebra otos instead of the usual fare but the price may change my mind.
No co2 in this tank. I've killed far too many fish that way. I may change my mind down the road but I want to make an effort to be successful without it. I'm super excited to be coming back! My three year old is thrilled to have fish also, going to get him a little chair to sit and stare!
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