weeelll made some pretty big progress on this tank.
on friday, i went out with dad to solve the problem of supplying the tank with electricity.
there's an outlet in my bathroom, but only one, and it's on the far left side of the counter, mounted on the wall 16 inches above it. because there's a sink between where i have the tank and the outlet, there was a definite fear of me electrocuting myself/burning the house down by getting electrical equipment wet.
well, months ago, i made a thread to find some possible solutions to this problem; one of them was building a shelf behind the tank to house electrical equipment. thursday or friday, i took measurements of the area around the tank and figured good placement for a shelf. then dad and i went to menards and got all the materials to build a janky but stable enough shelf of sorts to house a power strip and keep it from getting wet.
i really should've taken pictures as i was building it, but this is what i came up with:
it's wire kitchen shelves, PVC board, weird kitchen foam backing whatever stuff (i dunno, for putting under dishes or putting on the wall or something?), and 23982398293 zip-ties. oh, and thumbtacks. HA.
it really is ghetto/jank/makeshift/hideous/whatever you want to call it, but it does the job and i'm happy enough that it isn't falling apart. :P
i also used the kitchen foam stuff as the tank's background and under the tank to cushion it.
today i water tested the tank- it's watertight!
a while ago (i forget how long), dad and i made the drive to tractor supply co. and picked up a bag of 20/40 grit black diamond blasting media, to use as substrate for this tank.
also today i finally took the incentive to put it in the tank.
again, this is something i should've taken more pictures of...oh well.
after cutting open the bag, i scooped some into a plastic tub (that i had rinsed) and took it to the porch to rinse it.
and boy, am i glad i did that.
after i first sprayed water in - about 10 inches deep worth -, i couldn't see past the surface...not through the thick, grey oily sheen. it was NASTY. i must have done at least ten fill-and-dumps before the water was clear. and you'll never believe what i found in there while i was rinsing... a FEATHER. i'm just hoping the rest of the bird isn't somewhere else in the bag.
definitely rinse black diamond before using it, no matter what anyone says. sure, some bags aren't oily, but how do you know what you've got until you fill your tank? and yeah, you can use a protein skimmer to get the oil slick off, but what if there's something else - like a FEATHER - hidden in the bag? you'll never know, and not knowing could potentially harm your tank/its inhabitants. RINSE IT! </public service message>
so yeah, then i brought it in, and added it to the tank...
and i put the sticks i cut in place, culminating in this hardscape (suggestions for improvement? i fiddled with it a lot until i got to this one, which i like pretty well, but i'd definitely like some opinions):
oh, maybe i should put backing on the left side lol, my lotion bottle is definitely not a beautiful thing...
whoever said black diamond would be easier to scape with dry is crazy, that it was sticking together definitely helped
oh, and the soon-to-be first residents to this tank that i picked up today (of course once i've filled it lol)... malaysian trumpet snails! (thanks, knuggs!):
here they are acclimating with their ramshorn buddies (the ramshorns went into chris the betta's tank (seen above) for the HIDEOUS algae problem (also seen above). i watched one eating, it was fun watching the never-ending stream of algae making its way to snaily's radula. they're cute little things...but chris was swimming around the one i was watching (maybe just because i was there); i hope he doesn't have any funny ideas :l)
SO YEAH that's all for today. tomorrow probably = fill/planting time! on wednesday i'm sleeping over at k3xx/kelsey's house, and if i find that the tank is cycled (i have seeded media in chris' tank, i feel like i've said that 20 times) and all systems are go, then i'll be buying my probably 12 glowlight tetras then :'D