Time for another tank journal.
Recently cashed in store credit to pick up a 9ish gallon Fluval Flex. Originally planned to go with a 5.5/10gal tank but this is a lot nicer in the middle of a living space. Despite being taller than I'd prefer? It's nice to have a covered tank, another all-in-one filter situation and built-in lighting that allows for RGB control. And it can be easily dimmed!
On Day 1:
Discovered there was some missing silicone on the filter compartment that allowed water to seep from the main tank into one of the rear filter chambers:
So I roughly patched that up:
I know silicone won't bond to cured silicone but my goal was only to stop things up. Pretty sure that'll work.
Siliconed some tiny stainless steel mesh into the filter guards to make them more safe for shrimp and tiny fish:
That was a couple days ago. Today I mucked around and came up with a rough idea of how I'd like hardscape to play out:
It'll be raised up an inch or so as I add substrate and rock/wood heights will be tweaked. Additional, smaller bits of lava rock will transition to the substrate to create a more natural appearance. Plan to try to get my hands on some Sera Anthracite
(which refers only to color) within the next couple weeks. Gotta save up and try to sell a bunch of things first! It's about the same size as Aqua Soil Amazonia but is gravel... so it's inert and ideal for Neocaridinia, Babaulti and the tiny fish I want to keep: Heterandria formosa.
Plants will include Narrow Leaf Java Fern, Anubias nana 'Petite', Cryptocoryne wendtii, random Bucephelandra, eventually some Hygrophila pinnatifida and bits of Riccardia chamedryfolia. Can't get much more simple than that. Slow growth, low maintenance, basic.
I like to practice what I preach and patience is going to be heavily featured for a while. I've got 95% of the plants I need, none of the substrate and only part of the livestock. The wait makes it all more exciting and I'll be even happier than I otherwise would be once everything arrives and is in place. If you're new to tanking or merely new to the forum? You'll find that I constantly tell people to hold out for exactly what they want so they're completely happy with what they build. That's what I'm doing here and I'm looking forward to the finished product.
Thanks for reading. More to come soon.