So I got around to doing a little bit this weekend...
Aquasoil came in and I you're right Nightshop if this were the only substrate it would totally not be enough. Hopefully I can still get by with my plan without ordering more. Won a used coralife 9w turbo-twist off ebay for half retail. Hopefully it will work ok... seller had a personal picture of the blue light on the top. Picked up a Zilla digital timer/power strip from petsmart (same as the coralife one just re-branded) that was on sale.
I managed to test fill the tank:
While the tanks were removed I went ahead and put down some Kitchen shelf liner for padding/slip protection, re-leveled again, and added a UPS
Im still getting a feel for where things will go when installed. Since these pictures were taken I moved the 2.5G to the cubes next to the tank because the confined space was generating too much heat. I moved both shelves to the left side so I have at least some hope of getting the filter/heater/UV in on one side.
While the tank was draining from the test fill I decided to get another small project started. Adding pre-filter sponges to the intakes for both tanks. I had purchased one a while back on another order so it only cost me a few bones.
And I still have some left over for user later.
And after some hacking:
I went ahead and unboxed the new light fixture too so here it is currently (before moving the nano):
I took a nice long walk through the woods behind my house and found the sticks that went into the 2.5G. I know its probably better not to do so but its only temporary.
Got a metric ton of Peacock moss from a member here in the swap n shop and tied tons to river stones for use in the 20 when the time comes. I've added the AS to the 2.5 and jump started the filtration with some donor bio-carts from my other tank. Hopefully the impending ammonia spike doesn't kill off all of the moss. :O
I'll try to get a pic of that sooner or later.
Still need several things before I can do any further tank setup...
choosing driftwood or rocks or both etc... then finding the right pieces is a whole other deal. I have an idea what I want to do scape wise (its going to be so newb) but until I have the hardscape in my hands I'm not pouring an ounce of substrate in.
Going to pick up a perfecto glass top this afternoon since four large breed dogs sleep in the room at night :O to prevent hairy tank syndrome.
For those who read this and provide any insight I thank you. I'm so totally new to the hobby that I know there tons of "gotcha"s. Of course when I finally do get around to getting the hardscape components I'm going to be asking for opinions.
If anyone cares to offer up advice, I'm strongly considering attempting to do this tank with no CO2. Is it possible to get good plant growth and little algae with just a good fert regime and lighting period?