I have been hearing a few members encouraging people to do a detailed journal of their tank builds, so here is the start of my 34 gallon "Dutchagumi". I came up with that name because a couple people have said my aquarium looks kinda, sorta like a Iwagumi with a smattering of Dutch influence . It all began last October 7th, so fast forward 9 months & I am still trying to get it to the point where I am really happy with it. I really wanted to go with an Iwagumi style, but couldn't find the right equipment to do so. I used to live in a big city, but now I'm in a small town, where it is sometimes very challenging to find just the right plant , fish, or piece of equipment. Thank goodness for Amazon.ca !
I found this Fluval Fresh 34 gallon kit, originally online at a retailer in Vancouver, however it was out of stock, so I had to order it directly from Hagen in Montreal. It arrived in a timely fashion, and included a rimless 34 gallon tank, with a very sturdy stand ( some assembly required !) It's a drilled tank, with a Fluval 206 canister filter a Fluval Plant and Fresh 2.0 LED canopy, and a Fluval 88gm pressurized C02 kit.
I can not begin to describe how difficult it was to put the stand together ! It came with a parts list, but no instructions, and after a extensive internet search I was unable to find anything useful, with the exception of a short video in Spanish about "unboxing" . After several hours, and a lot of muttering from my hubby, it all went together ! I ordered a lot of Tropica 1-2 grow plants online, and used the Tropica Inspiration page to give me an idea of plant layouts, but I kinda drifted off in a couple directions, and my tank has evolved (mutated really) into something I am pretty happy with overall. I have gained a lot of valuable information from this forum, and I appreciate all the advice and tips many of you have offered along the way. I will continue to add more pix, as I find them. Thanks for looking !
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