So I've been away from the hobby for a few years now, and after finishing graduate school, a puppy, a new job, and a cross-country move, I decided to come back!
(I had previously been on here as "dooboogoo", but I forgot my password and my recovery email is my old undergraduate email, which I don't think I have access to, so...here we go with a new account.)
So a while back, I was in my local pet store to purchase dog food and I decided to just browse the available aquariums there. I found this awesome rimless 15 gallon tank (50cm x 33cm x 35cm - Yego Brand - it's Chinese, which is all I know...) for less than $50, and I made an impulse decision.
Today, I finally received all my equipment, so I bought some hardscape and plants, and I'm really loving how it turned out. And without further ado, PICS
I've watched a TON of youtube videos on aquascaping and I saw an idea of using lava rock as the base to create a slope.
I added ADA Amazonia and Dragon Stone, with two gnarly pieces of driftwood.
Here it is all planted.
Top view before filling
I scraped off the bubbles on the front side of the glass. It's a little cloudy but I think it'll settle in a couple days.
Here's what I have so far:
Lighting: Twinstar 450EA
Filter: Eheim 2215
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia
Filter Pipes: Jardli Surface Skimmer Intake and Yagote Poppy Outake
No heater yet...
CO2: Archaea CO2 Pro Regulator for Paintball Tanks - not set up yet cuz I forgot to fill my CO2 tank and I don't think I have the right size CO2 tubing.
Anubias barteri var. nana
Cryptocoryne wendtii "red"
I'm soon going to be setting up my CO2 and I'm on the lookout for maybe some Bucephelandra to put in here. Fish-wise, I want shrimp, ember tetras and microdevario kubotai, which may be in my LFS.
A test kit is also on my list, and I think I'll be setting up some form of inline heater, if I have space. I'm finding that my tubing gets kinked up, which is sort of why my filter pipes aren't together. That, and the surface skimmer is too tall.
I hope you guys enjoyed this little step by step setup, and I'm so excited to see this tank grow in!