60 gallon soil tank. * With stand!*
I took my time to build the thing. Glad I did - this tank is far more impressive on the 36" stand than it would have been on a short, standard size stand.
60 gallon Marine land (48"*13"*24") tank with an inch of sifted, aired-out soil. Miracle grow organic choice. I used a plastic trash can with 1/4" holes on the side to sift it. It was slow going, but it worked.
I sprayed the soil well, and topped it with black blasting sand from tractor supply. This was sitting in a bucket of water for two or three weeks, getting rained on and drained every few days. No oily residue after all that!
Put down my plants and rocks and wood. The jungle vals had a rough time getting going, and the dwarf sag all died back to the base except for one plant (out of 6). That one is going strong. Now the Val's have sprouted shoots all around them.
I used duckweed and water Sprite , floating a small log to contain them in the corner. I drilled the log, ran a zip tie through both ends, and secured it in place with suction cups. This keeps the floating plants 99% contained to the back right corner.
The anubias and Java ferns are great. No issues with the swords at all.
I bought a few pieces of pogostamen(so?) "Octopus" from the guy at the lfs. They were freshly cut from his display. They went from about 8" to over two feet in Judy a couple weeks. I had to cut over a foot from them yesterday. They're a bit leggy; perhaps they're going to fill out when I get the fluval light in...
Using an eheim canister, with the biological media removed and polyester filling added. Flow was a little high for the fish I wanted (my betta has been waiting), so I drilled many smaller holes in the spray bar, pointing downward. This gives me flow, but not so much that it will kill my betta or cause the floaters to dislodge from my log in the corner.
Snails galore. Can't smash the fast enough. 6 otos, a tiny BN pleco, a pair of rainbow gobies, and a red fancy guppy. I put my betta in there, expecting to have to remove the guppy. The betta chased him a couple times, but... They get along. No aggression at all. It was... unexpected.
Planning on adding Cory's, maybe khuli loaches and Cardinal tetras.
Was going to stain it, but it was my first time building a stand - next time I'll use matching wood grain!