Well...this is my first journal I've done for my second tank. I just got this tank earlier this week and after a whole lot of shopping and manual labor, I finally have it set up (bare min). I am still new to this so I am going to take this slow as it progresses. I am not going to put any plants/fish/etc (unless I should) until the tank settles down.
-eheim 2217 (debating on 2nd filter)
-Will have CO2 with rex reactor (need to move it from 20 gallon and somehow attach a 1/2'' hose to a 5/8'' hose barb)
-Tek HO T5 48" (have 2 giesmann midday and waiting for 2 aquamedic planta bubls)
-DIY light stand
-SMS with peat moss and laterite underneath
Bare tank with stand
SMS (2 bags for 40 bucks and 150 mile drive), Shultlz peat moss and API laterite
DIY light stand (conduit plastic pipes spray painted black (crappy job too) and bolted to stand (price: under 15 bucks) Also have sunrise sunlifts light hanging system that works beautifully (25 bucks)
Washing SMS: It looked like river water for 2 hours...as a result, I washed it for a long time and flooded my neighbor's yard in the process (hehe)
Added peat moss
Added almost 2/3 bag of (55oz) laterite
Added wet and heavy SMS to tank (talk about labor intensive) I'm not sure if I have the right depths since I measure about 2 1/2 in in the front (from the middle of the bracket to the top) and close to 4in in the back. If I have to add more SMS, please let me know. I also did a crappy job evening out the substrate but I'll fix that later...
1 1/2 hours later...
Complete and filter working...BTW, those eheims are so easy to work..I thought I was going to have trouble but surprisingly, I didn't.
Had trouble setting up the intake and outtake...does this look ok or should I some how move it. The intake unfortunately, is too long and will hit the substrate if I don't angle it like that.
I didn't fill all the way since I was too lazy and I didn't think I needed too. Obviously, its very cloudy, even after washing the SMS, but hopefully over a couple of weeks, it will be clearer. Those tek lights are super bright already with just 2 bulbs. The plants in the other tank were already moving towards the new lights.
Anyways, sorry for the long post but thanks for reading and hopefully I can turn this tank to something to be proud of...