RiverCity's off the dime..
Greetings to all! New member here! I've been messing with low tech planted tanks for a while and recently decided to grow a more ambitious tank... I've been lurking and learning on this forum and thought it was time to say hello and a big thank you for everything I've learned so far!
by way of intro, I'm a midnight (closet? armchair?) engineer; IT guy by day; guitarbuilder musician, planted tank lover and lotus esprit loving gearhead when I'm off the leash. I'm a reasonably technical fellow, good with my hands and I have a shop. I value DIY ideas. I've got the fundamentals of tank chemistry in hand.
I look forward sharing my project work with you and I hope you will help me execute this tank properly.
I've got dozens of rocks all over my patio, auditioning for the title role in my tank, and in my mind I see a very still high Sierra valley, so I guess we're calling it Iwagumi style..? If you think you hear the wind blowing and want to put on a sweater when you look inside this tank, I'll know I've done my job. Not a great bio-load, water clarity of major importance, very still water, arrangement crucial, a lonely big-sky place. That's what I'm leaning toward.
I would like to have absolutely nothing in the tank except for inflow/outflow.
the tank is an ADA cube garden; I measure it at 17.75" x 17.75 x 35.5 which I took to be a 450x450x900.
I built a 36Hx36Wx18D welded steel square tube stand, clad on all sides by removable mahogany panels, for 360 access. Plenty strong. pointy steel levelers on the feet, bullnose marble on top two shelved underneath. It will sit on a slab.
the tank isn't drilled, neither is the marble. clearance for drilling the marble at the ends of the tank, none on the long faces.
I originally intended the tank to be view on 4 sides; although I'm not sure that's feasible at this point, but I sure would like to have 3 clear sides.
To me, well conceived high function plumbing is beautiful. Anyone else feel that way? So I'm up for a custom installation, no holds barred.
I've purchased absolutely no equipment for the tank yet. Nothing. Happily I've been given carte blanche by my usually much more sensible wife. She feels that she'd like to see it done right the first time (hmm...) .
So its a clean slate. that's me; that's the design brief; that's what I've done so far. no particular dollar envelope.
I'm not a zealot for any particular technology, although I wondering whether my goals aren't best served by a closed system....
regards, hello and thank you for reading!