I have an old 44g tall (20x18x28) tank that's been sitting in the corner of my home office unused for a couple of years. Although its not an ideal size for a planted tank (its awfully tall), I've decided to clean it up and see what I can do with it. As a little bit of background, I had a 57g (48x18x18) planted tank for years when I lived in the UK, then when I moved to the US I decided to do something different, and went with a 104g (60x20x20) Lake Malawi cichlid tank.
I love the cichlid tank, but I really miss live plants (as you can see, I've tried Java fern and Anubias in the cichlid tank with limited success, the lighting really isn't enough, but the Anubias is surviving, which is good enough), so, the office tank is going to be a pressurized CO2, high light (pretty much essential due to the depth) planted tank.
So far, I've made a start on stripping the tank down. The old light fixtures are off (probably going to trash these, I can't see ever using them again), the glass lid is off and has been cleaned (its not perfect, there is some really stubborn limescale haze on there that doesn't want to come off).
The tank itself isn't pretty at this stage. Its partly drained and I'm going to remove the air pump and diffuser, then clean the glass next (for having been sitting so long, its actually not as bad as I expected). Then, get it completely drained and remove the gravel.
Most of the equipment is sitting ready to go. I need to add a heater (this tank was originally temporary housing for a koi, so was unheated), the CO2 cylinder, diffuser and CO2 probe. I'm also going to paint the back and right side of the tank matt black.
Next update will hopefully be a stripped, cleaned tank, ready to start preparing for its new life!
Hope this wasn't too terribly boring and to have some prettier pictures to show in the coming days and weeks...