Fellow Fish nerds,
I am a consistent voyeur of this forum and do the occasional post when the laptop comes out and I don't have to deal with the annoyances that come with posting from the phone. Currently I am studying at college, unfortunately since moving to Florida I haven't been able to keep up with the hobby, so happily my return has come!
Previously my tanks haven't been as well kept or designed as I'd hoped (hence perpetual mediocrity), so for this tank I am really putting in all I can (effort wise...financially I may have strung myself out a bit). Decided to go for a nano tank to start with, yes harder to stabilize etc but I cannot afford to go big and keep up with co2 and what not.
My aims for this scape have seemingly taken the path towards iwagumi, but that isn't what I want. I don't know what I want...but not pure iwagumi at least, one day I will but not this tank. Let me know any plant suggestions etc once you've waded your way through my dense and utter nonsense (spaced nicely by photos).
Well we all know that photos talk better than words (and much better than my gramma and vocabulary), so without further adieu.
You have to start somewhere, so I used a sheet of 3/4" ply to build the stand base.
Holding it all together, glued and nailed in place
Frame for the front of the box, this will not only hide those unsightly exposed plywood ends, but also allow for some more rigidity.
Smack em' all together and what do you get? A box, you get a box. Granted there was a couple extra pieces created before this photo, take note of the beautiful kickboard styling. There is a story behind that. The fiance said that "if there was going to be a fish tank in our place...that it damn well better be pretty." So, pretty it is I guess. More pretty to come later.
That right there my people, is a fish tank stand made special to fit a very small tank...
Okay now I know what everyone is probably thinking at this point, this is a long post already to have not seen a single flipping fish tank photo or some plants! Well, too bad there's more to come.
In place with tank on top, first glimpse of the tank oh so exciting!
Let's leave that stand there for a quick second and look at the rocks I picked up at the LFS. Not the greatest LFS, but the staff seems eager to please, just not happy with the condition of their fish. White spot contracted throughout all freshwater tanks, yet they are run entirely separate with individual sponge filters... pity that cross contamination etc is that easy to cause so many fish distress. Anyway, I digress.
Pics of the ohko I picked up! $2.89/lb
Pics are deceiving... but those aren't tiny rocks. So I went ahead and chiseled them down until I was happy with them looking both natural and appropriately sized for my tank. Ended up with around 8 individual rocks, 2 being the very large main rock and the rest making up the 'off cuts' I guess you could call them.
This was the first scape attempt and I landed pretty close to the final outcome... however, I am open to suggestions when we get onto it later because I want to improve as much as I can.
Well it's later on now... scape opinions and suggestions? Added another final piece in front, I think it holds its own but softens the shear face of the main rock.
Well here is this with things and stuff. Notable changes, PAINT!!!! with a little love from my DIY LED floodlight
Fooling around with the camera.
Is that all I have? Yes I believe it is, until I get it flooded and filled with plants I have nothing other that words to please.
Aquamaxx 9.1 gallon rimless
Filter - Sunsun 603B
Heater - Hydor 200W inline
Lighting - 20W LEOpower LED floodlight
Co2 - 5lb tank & Ista dual regulator
Diffuser - fleabay star something cheapness.
Dropchecker - NilocG
Hardscape and Substrate
Rocks - Ohko Stone
Substrate- Aquasoil & Carbisea sand
Alright well I guess that's all I have for today.
Once again, I really want some suggestions for planting... thoughts are a carpet (HC? or MC?) to fill in the surroundings, possibly some buces and anubias for the shadowed areas and then something taller to sit behind the rocks (vals?) oh and some moss on top of the rock and on parts would be killer!!!