Love all the configurations for the wood, but 2nd would probably give you the most space if you decide to go with HC. Any chance of flipping the longer right-hand piece of wood so that the stick is pointing right instead of left?
What are the exact dimensions of the tank? My "big" tank is 80cm long x 40cm wide x 30cm high, so I'd imagine similar size. Love scaping it with the width and depth, and plants seem to grow much faster in my shallower tanks than they do in my deeper tanks. I'm a little concerned about the missing corners at the back though?
Seems like you're going fairly high-tech, so have you thought about running a small pump round the back of the large left-hand piece of wood so that water trickles down the front? You could potentially grow emergent plants if so - I've done fairly well with java moss, java fern, an unknown buce, and anubias coffeefolia in a similar set up, although it has always been in a covered tank, so high humidity. Have you looked at any of the pennywort species?
Which fish do you mean by "Vampire tetra"? The only one I've heard of is hydrolycus scomberoides, which grow huge! I'd also be a little concerned about the butterfly fish jumping out the top, but will follow this journal closely as they've always seemed super interesting.
Final question - please tell me you got that would online from a UK site?? It's gorgeous!
Thanks very much! I'm quite thrilled by your response, it really seems you read my mind here, and we even got very similar tank measures as well! I'll pop in your journal soon enough, "unfortunately" I'm just about to head to Donegal this weekend with the gf so will be next week.
Agreed the 2nd seems best so far. I'll definitely try and swap the direction around for the right-hand piece and upload a photo when I get a chance. We got almost the same footprint of our tanks, mine will be 90cmx40cmx35, 35 being the height. The bench is a tad smaller than the tank, so I'll use a particle board between bench and tank to make sure there's support all around the bottom, that's probably my next step in getting this all setup. Not sure of which coulour to go for though, perhaps black.
You actually read my mind about a pump watering down the left root, that's why I got the powerhead
Pennyworth is unknown to me, I have plenty of reading to do around plants as it's quite new to me, I'll add it to the list for sure. I've done some low-tech tanks before, even with DIY CO2 but I don't wanna do that again. Right now it feels like I'll get the pressurized version, but I don't have an interest in building it as advanced as possible. Medium-tech tank is perhaps the most accurate description of this build!
There's links to all the fish species in the above post, here's the one for vampire tetras:https://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/fis...steindachneri/
I really hope my LFS can bring them in as they look awesome and would fit really well in accordance with what I want to have, and they'll max out at about 5cm!
Finally, I hate to break it to ya but wood was all sourced locally. I visited a handful shops and ended up buying from two different ones. I got 6 smaller & medium pieces of mangroove so I could puzzle them together, and the big trunk to the left-hand side is some form of driftwood. It only cost 25 eur!! Didn't have to think much about that one before opening the wallet...