and so it begins, my 40 breeder
This will be my log of progress.
40 gallon breeder with external overflow
20 gallon sump
GLO T5HO (twin bulb) with Coralife Colormax and 6,700k bulbs (suspended)
misc equipment: heater, pump...Co2 might be in the future, but not right now
bottom layer is Laterite
middle layer is potting soil (miracle grow organic choice)
Topped with Aqua Terra sand (most likely black)
4ea.- Water Wisteria (Hygrophila Difformis)
4ea.- Stargrass (Heteranthera Zosterfolia)
4ea.- Ludwigia Natans (Ludwigia Repens)
4ea.- Cabomba Caroliniana (Cabomba, Green)
3ea.- Bacopa Australis
2ea.- Bacopa Caroliniana
3ea.- Bacopa Monnieri
3ea.- SM Malaysian Driftwood
1ea.- Malaysian Driftwood (10"-15")
2ea.- Echinodorus Ozelot Pot LG
2ea.- Java Moss (Vesicularia Dubyana)
3ea.- Nymphaea Stellata Bulbs (Dwarf Lily)
2ea.- Aponogeton Capuronii
4ea.- Dwarf Hairgrass on Lava Rock (Eleocharis Parvula)
1ea.- Cryptocoryne Wendtii Bronze lg clump
1ea.- Cryptocoryne Wendtii Red
4ea.- Anubias Barteri Var. Broadleaf
1ea.- Cryptocoryne Undulata Pot
Mainly live bearers. Lyretail Mollies, Red Platies, Guppies...the more color the better. A small school of cardinal tetras is possible. 2-3 Nanus Cory cats to help with algae and other "crap", along with Amano and Red Cherry shrimp.
Pics are not available right now...nothing to show yet. I am going to wait until I get back from the holiday break to start the tank. I wanted to get everything down on paper so that it's easier for me later on.
I must thank David at Sweet Aquatics for helping me get this far. He has been a big help.
More to come...
ps. A number of people have asked me why I am using a sump. So, here's the answer. There are a number of reasons. First and formost, I hate seeing equipment in the display tank. Heaters, pumps, filters, powerheads...to me these take away from the natural look of things. A sump solves this problem. It also adds in more water, and as I learned a number of years ago, the more water there is in the system, the easier it is to keep water quality constant. Lastly, I'm cheap. This was my species saltwater tank where I housed my peacock mantis shrimp. I didn't want to have to buy another tank, then a canister filter, and inline heater.
Last edited by Svynx; 01-06-2011 at 03:56 PM.