Joe's 29g attempt
Making a thread for my attempted return to the hobby. I've kept fish-only tanks for years, but have been out of the hobby for a couple of years. This will be my first attempt at a planted tank. I picked up a 29g at the Petco $1/gal sale a while back. Built a "peninsula" style stand/canopy for it over the last couple of weeks, using some leftover vinyl plank flooring. What a trial in patience that was, with no real plans or blueprints. Thankfully, my dad and I were able to figure it out as best we could. I have a few photos of it, but not much from the construction process. I can try to snap more pictures if anyone is interested.
With the stand and canopy finished, I set about getting supplies for the tank. I decided on the Nicrew LED Plus light with their controller for lighting needs. I picked up a 50# bag of BDBS from Tractor Supply. I'm using a Fluval 306 filter along with a Fluval 100w heater. I stopped by my local independent fish store over the weekend and picked up three nice rocks to the focus of my hardscape.
Saturday I got the BDBS rinsed and put in the tank - I used the whole 50# bag, making a nice hill/slope on the left side of the tank. I have to say, this looks really nice. Great black color, with a few brown flecks here and there. Got hardscape placed and filled with water. I put the heater in and waited a couple of hours before powering it up. I initially thought the heater was bad because I couldn't see the pilot light working...the light is a very pale blue. I was expecting the old-school bright red light like the old Visi-therms had. I have to say, this is much nicer. I couldn't even tell it was on until the lights powered off. I had planned to use the Sunsun spray bar and hoses, but just couldn't get it to work right with the peninsula stand and the way it was built, so I just used the Fluval returns.
Yesterday I ordered some plants from a large online retailer with "live" in the name. Not sure if I can mention the retailer or not....anyway, I purchased their "deluxe" plant pack which was on sale for $35 plus a couple of extra plants. I ordered an extra sword, java fern, and some extra cabomba (I thin). All said, it was $90 or so with shipping and boxing fees. I ordered some Thrive+ and Osmocote root tabs from Amazon. Everything should be here tomorrow.
I know, this thread is worthless without pictures. I'll try to get some uploaded in the next couple of days, once I figure out the current "choice" photo hosting site. If anyone wants any pictures of anything specific, let me know and I'll try to get them. I plan to at least get a few more of the stand and canopy - I imagine folks are curious. There weren't many details that I could find online while I was trying to build mine...just a bunch of finished pictures.
EDIT: Forgot to add that I started with cycle with ammonia, and some filter seed material from my neighbor's tank. I got his ceramic rings and two filter pads.