3 day old picture, tank planted on February 3rd
Well, approximately 65 gallons. Many years ago I ordered a custom built 1/2" glass aquarium measuring 42"x20"x18" tall. The price was good, the silicone was a bit sloppy, and I met a trucker at 1am in a shady parking lot to pick up the tank because life is an adventure. I ordered the tank with a center overflow and two holes drilled for my purposes. The oversized overflow is still a blessing and a curse (and eyesore) but it works. The idea was saltwater, the idea worked for a time too. Fish were happy, corals were happy, I was happy. A crash happened, things died.
I still have that tang and wrasse in a different tank, they've been with me 5 years or better.
I moved once and the tank was kind of setup but not thriving. I moved again and the tank sat empty, waiting.
This time I wanted to do freshwater because I want a busy, overstocked tank full of schools of fish and activity and life. Saltwater is great and unique, but 5 fish or so later and it's full. Freshwater allows me to have a school of 7 oto's darting around plus Rainbowfish at the top plus German Blue Rams in the middle plus whatever else is amazing to keep and grow under my care. I am aiming for overstocked, to the point where fish can't establish territory but aren't over stressed in a peaceful community tank. Luckily waiting with an empty tank has let me plan on the setup. I then started seeing planted tank examples on YouTube and Reddit and they completely grabbed me.
2x Radion XR15FW G4 Pro's
Sump with extra chamber that works as equipment or hospital area.
Eheim 1100+ return pump, giving me approximately 280gph on my return flow
Green Machine 24W UV Light
Eheim pump that just runs the CO2 reactor and provides water for the extra sump chamber
Custom Built AGA/Linde CO2 Regulator on a 10lb tank. This came off Ebay, but I'm 99% sure a long time user from here built it.
Hydor 300 watt in-line heater
Of course misc. stuff like the drop checker, filter socks and filter floss in the sump. The sump is a fantastic tool. I can add equipment or extra filtration and chemicals without disturbing the display tank. There's still a generous amount of room in it for whatever I may need in the future.
Edit: Where'd this auto bump come from? Get out of here auto bump