Iím about 2 months into this project, and just now have something to show for it, so Iíll start a journal to document my Ė hopefully -, beautiful aquarium, and not have started a thread about the folly of hubris. In another life (before children) I was something of a hobbyist, breeding rainbows and rams on the freshwater side, and becoming a disciple of Julian Sprung on the saltwater side (go UF!). I am planning to buy new water additives after having stored my old ones in the attic for 15 years.
Plan: a small dual husband/wife office/retreat with a smallish 90P rimless Iwagumi planted tank.
Reality: the same small office with a Craigslist offer I couldnít refuse: a Marineland 180 gallon stand + canopy like new, 2 Fulval FX5ís, and 2 LED strip lights for a silly almost nothing price (gotta love Boca Raton!) The front of the tank has lots of scratches but I'll be flipping it around to a very clean backside. If I fail, at least Iíll have plenty of extra Sansui stones!
We started from scratch with the office, going for a standard minimalist look. A 180 degree from the hundreds of books, dense memorabilia, dark wood bookshelves, and hunter green walls of the cluttered old office. (Everything got moved to our ďformer tenentísĒ i.e., childrenís rooms). Now we will be black, grey and white, with blue and green (plants!) accents. The custom desks were ordered 2 months ago and are expected in a couple of weeks. The desks were reduced in size to accommodate the larger tank Ė so now there is no going back!
I really have no idea what I am doing, having just used anarcharis as a filtration/oxygenator/spawning bed for my tanks in the past. So how hard can an Iwagumi be, right? Letís do a 180 gallon! Hence my newfound attachment to this forum. :-) Thank you to all.
This will not be a rapidly evolving thread, but Iím getting it started. I eBayíd a dual stage Concoa regulator build, but have not built my CO2 reactor yet, nor finalized my lighting. Iíve decided to try my (almost free) Fluval FX5 to start, just for the fun of it, although Iíve always used sumps in the past.
Respect goes to Aqua Forest. Steven worked with me and listened to my specs and plans for the tank. He picked out stones to my exact specifications (no pictures from him, just faith on my part) and shipped 170 lbs of ADA Sansui stones which I am delighted with. Iíll be using Amazonia, and I think Iíll build up the vertical height with lava rock in nylon(?)
So, on to the pics. Iíll try and build a relatively step soil height for the left side of the tank, the stones on that side will be in the foreground with the carpet in the background (built up with lava stone?) Carpet in the center - no sand river but a green valley Ė and large stones in the background on the right side. Anyway thatís the first draft. Weíll see how it turns out in a few months.
Thank for any comments. The stones are very roughly placed. The drawing may be more indicative.