After two build/breakdown/move scenarios with this 55g I acquired several years ago from a friend of mine, I stuffed it in the basement hoping one day to be at a more permanent location where I could attempt to turn it into something worth looking at... So finally I've given up waiting and am going to set it up once again despite the possibility of moving within the next year. I figure if anything it will simply give me more practice, plus since it's winter and it's a lot less expensive than a dive trip it will keep me out of both debt and trouble lol
Here's the tank, as-is, in its current dungeon of a home...
I have dried substrate and most of my equipment in storage tubs which I will be breaking out and sorting through. I purchased a few plants which are now growing out in a CO2 bath... Hopefully by the time the hardscape is set up I'll have enough to plant with minimal additional purchases. I'll be soliciting criticism/suggestions on the hardscape as I don't have "the eye" for aquascaping like many of you do!
Here's the plants I have growing out thus far:
Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'
Hydrocotyle tripartita 'Japan'
Anubias barteri var. nana 'Petite'
Cryptocoryne wendtii (no clue which variety)
I'm going for a very-simple-but-not-quite-minimalist feel... I think I'll end up using a Glosso/Eleocharis parvula carpet in the foreground (maybe just the Eleocharis but I'm not sure). For hardscape I have a couple flat-ish rocks which I've stolen from the lake, and some driftwood. I still need to wire the stand, scrape the glass (I'm going clear this time), and drill larger holes in the back to accommodate my bulkheads.
Now to find a home for it that isn't in the basement... lol