I've been wanting to build a long ada Amazonia style aquarium for awhile. I recently have been side tracked with my other hobby mini drone racing, mostly freestyle. Since that is starting to be boring and hard to get out of the house with an 11month old and second on the way. So why not spend a bunch of money on an aquarium am I right!
Aquarium: I recently purchased the starphire glass from a local glass shop. Lessons learned, you have to tell them you want it polished on the edges. Also, write down what you want to order before you order. I ordered all 5 pieces in starphire when I had only planned to do the front on sides, oh well. The dimension are to match a shelf I have making the aquarium 41x12x10. Roughly 21 gallons I think. I've tapped the glass and I'm still contemplating doing this injection method I keep hearing about or the traditional method. Any suggestions? I should have that done this weekend.
hardscape: Ironwood and stone, if I can find the right wood. My LFS has an ok stock of stuff for the planted tank. Not a big thing in my area. I'm very much inspired by James Findley's 12g http://youtu.be/7ZpNDYYXi2Y
Substrate: Going for it with the ada power sand, aquasoil regular and powder. Probably going to use some regular old white sand too.
Lighting: I have a Kesel on another take and I like it. I like the look of pendants. Probably going to get the smaller one a80 or something. Going to amazon tonight, just got paid for a wedding I shot and looking to burn it.
co2: I'm waiting for GLA MINI-SS to be in stock again. Should be in a week or so. I think I'm going to do inline this time instead of diffuser.
filtration: I have an Ehiem ecco laying around that should be fine, along with some glass in/out pipes I got on amazon. Why the ADA and other brand are so expensive is beyond me. The stuff I get from JARDLI off of amazon it just as good.
Fish: ember tetras
Let me know what you think. I should have pictures of the tank this weekend.