Originally Posted by somewhatshocked
Even if the rock impacts parameters, it may not be anything to worry about.
Looks terrific. Rock will be great once the tank is flooded.
Thank you. One reason I did not care about the parameters was really simple. One of my only sources for stone is ADA in SF. They supply the ADA stuff as you likely know. Seiryu and Ohko stone are like $4.99-$6.99 per pound. I bought about 175 lbs for about $6.99. I wasn't committed yet to get back into the hobby so the second seemed like a good choice. The fact I wanted to use such large stones, I don't know if I could reasonably get it locally or by online and be happy. They look similar to another stone I have used, I kept RCS with similar or the same stones, and though acclimation was challenging, I did bread more shrimp that I ever wanted. We will see how it goes but I am confident I can stock it with something I am pleased with, I may just not have certain choices that I would love as an option (like Cardinal Tetras or Green Tetras if I can ever find them).
I love the hardscape and am interested how the dry start will work out for you.
Thanks, I updated it and actually filled it. I have done DSM a lot and my advice is to let everything take it's time. Especially plants rooting. If you want to get started quickly, I don't think the DSM way accelerates growth, it just makes planting and keeping slopes much easier. I did my first carpet with HC many years ago, it took less time, plus I could enjoy other plants. That tank didn't have much hardscape, so a lack of a carpet didn't bother me. That said, it filled in wonderfully, I trimmed it a few times to get more MC spread out, nothing bad happened. I completely recommend doing it this way for certain reasons but I think most people think it's the only way. Planting HC Cuba is no fun in a filled tank but perfectly doable if you don't want to wait 2-4 months to fill.
Tank is filled now, I will update photos tomorrow. Thanks for the interest.
Looks like a great start mate!
As far as ADA stand, use your local hardware store. They can cut all the wood for you and that reduces all the difficulties of building it in my opinion. I've built two ADA looking stands from ply and oak now, they look fantastic and are pretty cheap in the end.
Then again, I know how difficult it can be to do projects in condos/apartments, so I completely respect the annoyance of the situation.
If those stones are reactive, can CPDs be kept in hard high ph water?
I will build the stand when the time is right. Though my local hardware cuts wood, it's not to exact standards. Plus, it is something I would love to just make. I am on the fence about using solid wood or plywood with edge banding, if I stained it, it would almost be black. If I painted it, I would do a Matte Navy (with an airbrush or automotive spray gun). Or a dark grey. Either way, I need a space to do that all. I built my butcher block counter tops inside, among other things, never want to have that type of dust inside again, especially with my recording studio.
I would have to look into CPD's. I won't keep anything that doesn't do well in my parameters. I have to wait it out to test and then start researching. I really only want one type of fish as the "display" so I will find what works when I cross that bridge. It may be awhile as I enjoy the freedom of not having to care about the fish, just the plants, but the fish and shrimp always make it more interesting, just have to wait for the right time and see what will work.