Alright, I have setup many tanks in the past, but I have never done a picture journal online. I dont have much done now, but the progress should be fast. Today I bought the tank, light, and substrate and only spent $50 due to a credit at the lfs from their frequent shopper rewards program.
Tank - 37 Gallon All Glass Aquarium 30"x12"x22"
Lighting - Coralife Double T-5 Strip 36W
Substrate - Eco-Complete
At the recommendation of the lfs employee I only bought 2 bags (a total of 40 pounds) of eco-complete. I think I will need at least one more bag. What do you guys think? It seems like what i have now would only give me just over an inch of substrate. I want much more than that.
Tomorrow I will play around with some aquascaping ideas. Actually I don't have any ideas, so if you have any pictures of a nice tall skinny tank show me. I think I will go look at some 55g for inspiration. I don't even know if I want to go with a driftwood or rock hardscape, or none at all and just go jungle with the plants. I will post pictures of my aquascaping ideas.
For now I just have one picture of what I have purchased so far. If you look close you can see the light on top. It is very compact - an awesome looking fixture. I even like the color of the lighting with the pink bulb it comes with. I am not sure how it will look with plants though.