Picked this up for $40 shipped
during the amazon prime day sale. Tank internal dimensions are approximately 10" x 9.75" x 17", with an added 2" or so in te rear compartment. Added a fluval 25 watt heater, and ordered up some Garnet #16 sand from The Tacoma Company on that aucton site we aren't allowed to link to (PM me if you want a link, but if you search "Tacoma company garnet #16" it comes up) after being inspired by one of the Bichir tanks I found over at Monsterfishkeepers
. This stuff is a very nice color, and can look from mild to wild depending on your lighting.
Brace yourselves for a ton of pics-
First inspection, sand was rinsed and added-
Grabbed some Mopani wood, Azalea wood, and some Ohko stone. Picked up a Banana plant, Java fern, and some Salvinia. Decided to go minimalist on hardscape so that it could get grown in nice and lush...
Tank cycled, decided to add a set of four Dario dario. I wanted a mix of females and males, but females apparently are rarer than hen's teeth in northern California and the SF Bay area. I ended up with two very handsome males, and a couple submissive males. Found a local guy selling some shrimp, all you can catch from his sump for $10. I grabbed fourteen, and a couple white crayfish (not pictured, they're in the kid's room's tank) and they all took to the tank well. Everybody gets along great.
Picked up some free
Alternanthera reineckii "mini" and Utricularia graminifolia trimmings from a local guy one night at work in San Francisco. This was also during the week that I was running a "10 watt LED multichip" (1/3 white, 2/3 blue) in place of the anemic stock lighting. It looks very, very blue, and was only temporary, I assure you, too blue for anything other than Mbuna or reef lighting.
Ordered up a 6" MakersLED heatsink kit from their blemish auctions on you-know-where-bay, for 24$ shipped. Threw together a nice little LED rig for it. one 3-up of 1x 4000k white, 1X 2700k white, 1x Lime, and a second star consisting of 1x blue, 1X hyper violet, 1x 4000k white. great color, just a tad more yellow than I liked...
Looks pretty good though!
The fish and shrimp have colored up nicely too. I added a single royal blue LED to the mix, the pictures don't show it very well, but the tank has less of a yellow tint now. I don't have a controller for dimming control yet, but I'm sure some minor adjustment is all it will take to get it to a perfect color balance.
Terrible full tank shot-
This little guy is certainly the star of the tank...
My favorite shot of the tank so far, and the one I think gives the best rendition of the color of the lighting-
Some more pics. It's been a few weeks since adding the shrimp, and a couple are already heavy with eggs. I had a weird overnight algae bloom, added a couple Nerites, and it hasn't come back after a quick scrub with a mag-float.
Added this. Is this water sprite? Water wisteria? Something else? I'm not sure.
These guys are voracious little monsters!
Terrible full tank shot-