Hi everyone! Well I got inspired to change some things up here at home - and I am actually going to redo my small 8 gallon with the leftovers from this 20g build but in this thread I will update the bigger tank, my new 20g tank. I'll update my other journal with the nano redo.
***FYI I actually already scaped and flooded it - HOWEVER, I am not sure how many other people are like me, I have become pretty obsessive about the whole thing and have decided I am not happy with the design and to do a mild re-scape already! I am really not happy with the day I spent doing the scape about a week ago, I let myself get rushed and made a few bad decisions (IMO)... which mostly were using too fine and too bright white of sand, as well as this [censored][censored][censored][censored]ty super bright white gravel I wanted to use in the back... really not happy with how it turned out! Then the placement of everything was a bit off I believe.
So the photos in these first couple posts will be of my construction of the lava rock formations (inspired by reef builds) and then my first scape... to document my first attempt at my first "serious"
scape and the mishaps and successes involved! I learned a lot though! Then in the next few days I will drain and redo it!
What I learned:
-Patience is KEY
-Stretch the build over more days and breaks
-Simplicity of scape-concept is best (for newbies at least)
-Don't rush into buying all sorts of different plants haha!
-Don't put unsoaked driftwood in a tank (and don't choose a weird type that I can't find anymore of to finish the scape with haha).
*****My revised plan: to remove all stem and substrate plants and to just create a tank with Epiphytes and mosses. This will create a much more coherent and easier setup for myself because I generally want this to be a relatively low-maintenance tank. Plus substrate mixing and plant soils and etc annoy me a lot so with only Epiphyte plants I can just use sand and a bit of lava gravel at the very bottom.
Plants: I will use mostly trident ferns and a few easy mosses, some various anubias, and then I plan to try some nice bucephalandra plants as well.
Fish: 1 Pair of locally bred GBR and perhaps a schooling fish that won't eat (hopefully possible fry).
Shrimp? Maybe some Amanos?
80 Liter "Scaper" tank - 62x36x36 CM
JBL E402 External Filter with Stainless Out/In-Flow Tubes (with "Skimmer")
Chihiros WRGB Light with Bluetooth Controller 60 CM
Basically the plan is: I want this to be a nice black lava rock heavy centered ONE island tank with a kind of beach vibe with a tower of plants on the rocks and driftwood (my formations aren't correctly sized for my tank to do the 2 island setup, plus I think the 2 island setup to look correct the far sides need to be blocked off which isn't so great for the GBRs to freely roam in the tank). I will be switching out the dark driftwood for some thicker dominant pieces to form elevation out of the rocks.
Thanks for looking and hopefully the next few updates will be of a nicely redone tank
Custom Made Aquarium Stand in my woodshop
A bit trendy retro... something different!
The Chihiros Light... Don't know if they are in the States yet but they seem to be a good cheap option!
First external filter!
Lucky to have a nice workshop to make my custom lava-rock formations (this was MESSY but kinda fun).
A lot of the build was drilled and "welded" with acrylic to a bit of an acrylic grid-work as the basis
It took a lot of time and fiddling but I think it was worth it to have a stable basis for the hardscape and something that is easy to remove as mostly 1 unit (for re-do...haha or moving or etc)
Made a cave structure with an exit on the far left side, was something I felt would make a bottom oriented territorial fish feel safer (female Apisto or Ram for example)
First mock-up with the wood
Setup at home!
Ugh... that horrible bright white gravel in the "pits"
Side view (left opening of the cave)
The rift between the 2 "islands"
But alas... it will be redone a bit but oh well, it is still cycling so it has no inhabitants