Well this past week I took down and started my Re-Do of my 55g. Its got terrible dimensions for scaping and had a lot of ideas floating in my head. I decided to keep it simple, even more so than before and get going on it! This Friday the 25th I'll be going to Atlanta for a DECA Conference (Hoping to convince the group to go to the aquarium since we get a discount!) So before then I want to get the main stuff set up and the cycle finishing by the time I get back...
So here is the general ideas and whatnot.
Filtration: I'm wanting to keep the tank "simple" I'm thinking about a HMF but the sponge I want is looking too pricy at the moment so I may just get a canister defeating my keep all water inside the box hope.
Heating: Visitherm stealth heater as always. If I do get a canister, I may get an inline heater down the road.
Lighting: Good old cheap T8s from the local hardware store!
Other odds n ends: Coralife digital thermometer. A few Power heads to keep circulation for filter feeding shrimp. Might get some 24 inch forcepts and scissors.. not too sure. Also have tank covers which are acrylic and already warping
The only color wanted in the tank is the plants and wood, that being said:
Substrate: orriginally planned on getting ADA AS. I really was firm on this decision but then realized I've become too dependant on Substrates for fertilization and needed to learn to dose the Water collumn. So the substrate is TMS, aka black sand that costs more than it should. I have an extra bag If I need more.
Hardscape: Will be black lava rock and branchy driftwood. I've got lava rock picked because its cheap, black, and also used heavily as a bio media in large tanks and ponds so I figure it should help out in here as well.
Flora: All epiphytes Moss, Ferns, Anubis, thats the idea. I'll also have stems in the beginning but hopefully won't have a huge amount.
Albino Bushy nose Plecos (payment should be sent by now) hopefully down the road will breed these beauties.
Otto catfish, I'll be constantly buying them from my LFS. My dream is to get a species only tank and breed them. Thats a bit of a ways off though
(I've got the 45g tank in my basement!)
Dwarf Corry cats, Probably get a dozen eventually. I like corries but they also tend to like baby shrimp so this is my compromise. I think they should love the black sand.
Most likely snowballs, They should stand out well and look great. My ph is 7 out of the tap (after its dechlorinated and in the tank) which is perfect for these guys.
Wood shrimp! I'm going to set up a powerhead just for these guys, so they'll have no problem sitting in the flow.
Possibly rusty red claw macro shrimp, IF I can find a few. Not too easy these days.
Some dwarf crays. I kinda want to get the orange ones, but I'm thinking the normal ones would be better for this tank... (3 or so to start)
MTS, a few FF clams, hopefully get some blue rams horns too.
So I need to find the Camera, and take some more new pictures, then get them uploaded. So that'll come this coming week.
That being said, this will not turn into my last 55g journal and I have pictures on the camera to update my 10g journal
School bright and early tomorrow