Fluffhead 90P SPACE ODYSSEY (PICS)
TANK: Landen 90P
LIGHTS: ATLEDTIS PRO-1 with Ultum Nature Systems hanging kit
STAND: DIY ADA Style Custom Modified
FILTER: Eheim Professional 4+ 600
CO2 Regulator: Custom Alan Le Stainless Steel Dual Stage Concoa Regulator
SUBSTRATE: ADA Aquasoil (Normal Type)
Hi everyone! First off, thanks to all the community members around here who are so helpful to our little hobby and for just being plain awesome. It makes our planted tank and other aquatic circle feel damn good.
A little bit about myself. I was active on this forum and other forums (like SCAPE, ShrimpSpot, etc) a few years back. Then life happens and you get out of the hobby for a while (Iím sure many of you relate). BUT as fate has determined, my previous tank was not to be my last. So here we are - Iím in the process of planning and gathering materials for my next tank.
Note: Please excuse me if I tend to ramble - I actually want to use this journal guide as... a journal. I want to get my thoughts and progress written down in this small corner of the internet with hopes that I may be able to look upon this years in the future to reflect on my successes and failures. And to glimpse into my mind at the current state.
Here we go, a little bit about my past time in the hobby:
I started my aquarium and planted tank journey in Los Angeles. I lived within a mile of Nature Aquarium - Iím sure many of you know about it. I had never had a fish tank in my life (though I have fond memories of my dad working on his fish tank) but was curious about this shop and wandered in... and met Toru, the owner and proprietor of Nature Aquarium.
After seeing planted tanks for the first time in his shop, I was hooked. I wanted no, needed) to have my own tank. With his guidance and advice, I dove headfirst into the planted world. I learned about Takashi Amano, but more importantly, I learned about his philosophy of the Nature Aquarium, of the aquascape, of Wabi-Kusa. Never had I been exposed to such delightful ideas about art, nature, and beauty. So in essence, I skipped betas in a bowl, goldfish, and all the other aquarium niches - and went straight to natural aquariums.
My first tank was a modest ADA 45P. I never realized before that rimless tanks existed. The beauty in the simplicity of the design really drew me in. The fact that the borders of the aquarium were so slight to the outside world was fascinating. No black rims here, boys and girls, just glass - pure glass. (Itís no knock to rimmed aquariums, but the aesthetic influenced me more than I thought it would.) The 45P was filled to brim with just about every type of plant I could fit in it. There was no plan, no idea. It was all about the jungle.
I probably gave Toru more money than I care to admit. I was addicted. Sometimes, I stopped in his shop every day for a week - I talked to him first about how to cycle a tank. Then conversations progressed: how do you achieve the beauty in your tank? What types of fishes are best for a community tank? How many water changes should I do and what %? I didnít know about this planted tank community very well online, but found great joy in discussing these things with him.
That 45P was very successful. High-tech with paintball C02 - no algae or any other major issues. Plants grew to the point when I had to throw them in the trash (and felt very bad about it). Then naturally, I progressed to shrimp-keeping and breeding Taiwan Bee shrimp.
Time goes on and I move out of LA. With the move, I tore down my tanks - but shipped my 45P to my new location. I still have it now.
Now that I got all that history behind me, letís talk about the new build.
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Last edited by Fluffhead; 05-29-2018 at 06:34 PM.
Reason: Updated 5/12/18