Hey everyone, I'm new to the forums, but figured I'd say hello and present a tank that I am going to start working on over the next week or two.
I currently have a 36 gallon with some Ryukins and Shubunkins - the fish have a lot of personality and I've had them a while. Will probably have to give up the shubunkins to someone with a pond as they get bigger though, I'm only in a condo.
I also have a 6 gallon fluval edge with a few guppies, but will probably be phasing that out and selling it as I get the new tank up. I also have a 20 gallon with a dozen harlequin raspboras and it's my first true planted tank - getting a dwarf hairgrass carpet going with a few rocks here and there. Pretty sparse but I like starker styles. Started it about a month ago, and I'm just getting into learning about plants. Will probably eventually phase it out as well when I get the new tank up and running. Don't think my s.o. will appreciate four tanks.
In any case, I don't have anything at all for the tank I want to get, but I do have some concept art below. It's going to be a peninsula tank separating my dining room from my living room. I'd like to go rimless, but will probably go with a generic 75 glass tank and paint the black rim a white or off-white color. The base is going to be custom built, with door access to a closed off space at the end of the tank (and below it) to house the filter, CO2 and any other equipment needed. The doors aren't actually drawn on there.
The tank itself will be pretty spartan, with a "river" of darker blue substrate through the middle and planted substrate on either side (separated by an acrylic divider to keep the plants out of the river.) I'll be using wood / branches to simulate trees on either side (didn't draw them all the way to the front of the tank.) I'm probably just gonna stick to one or two species for the carpet, but haven't decided what to use yet. Haven't decided entirely on fish either yet, figured I'd get the tank up and running first.
Another cool thing I want to do is set up the lights in a cantilever fashion, resting on a ledge or hinge with wires running from the top of the back of the tank out to the far end of the light (hinge would allow it to easily raise up if I have to do major maintenance.)
Suggestions, comments, criticisms are welcome! I'm gonna try to document everything as well.