My plants are on order and I'll update with more photos once they arrive and I get it planted.
* 75 gallon
: Less than 1 wpg of T8's as an experiment based on this thread: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...-believes.html
: Seachem root tabs.
: Black Diamond blasting sand, two 50-lb bags.
: Currently najas guadalupensis and hornwort. Other plants will be plenty of anubias congensis,, nana, and coffeefolia along with bacopa monnieri, cryptocoryne pontederiifolia. I want a leafy look rather than using a lot of stems.
: One rescued black angel (baby) post cycling and probably a school of five-banded barbs (Puntius pentazona) or diamond tetras or wild type platies. A large school of cories or brochis splendens.
Filtration: Eheim canister.
Here it is on the stand we built with my 40b on the bottom shelf. Excuse my wall painting project. The wood is seasoned ironwood that I'm testing to see if it darkens the water. I'll be attaching it with suction cups so it looks like branches hanging down into the water. The only plants at this stage are hornwort and najas. The HOB is only there to remove the sand silt and film.
We love the industrial look so built the stand using a work bench kit from 2x4basics dot com and painted the wood black. I was inspired by Hydrophyte's DIY stands. Total cost was around $120.
And here are my helpers who deserted me to take a nap.