This thread is dedicated to the second tank in my series of "back to basics" Nature Aquarium style aquariums taking inspiration from the Hoh National Rainforest. If you want to see the other thread, you can click here: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...tml#post705529
Since we all love red and a lot of really pretty species have become available over the past few years tank #2 is going to have a more deciduous look to it. Some of the photos I've seen of the rainforest have been vibrant with the color of changing leaves among the myriad green tones that are the signature of the forest. Knowing I was going to have enough light to grow anything I could possibly want I went about planning a high light (!!) stem tank to contrast and accentuate the greens of tank #1.
Both tanks are visible from one another but this one is in the dining area of my apartment where rich oak furniture is going to be the foundation of the decorating, whereas the livingroom is mostly greens. Tank #2 needed to be the brighter of the two aquascapes to match the brighter feel of the room.
The fun stuff
AGA 90g reef ready with corner overflow. I've drilled a number of holes through the overflow to avoid burning up the filter if the water levels get too low. I'm in a second floor apartment and don't want to mess with a sump and potentially flood-prone auto topoff system.
2x 250w dual-ended metal halides. This used to be Gnatster's fixture, for those of you who remember him. I came by it via a mutual friend of ours.
Eheim Pro II
10lb running through an AquaMedic 1000 reactor. This one may or may not be on a timed release system.
Flourite, baby! Even though there's all sorts of great stuff out there now, I'm still a Flourite man through and through. I've had this stuff for 5 years now and it hasn't failed me yet.
Manzanita. Any rocks in this tank will be there solely to provide a substrate for moss or other epiphytes.
Again, pics will be forthcoming. Planting will be starting on Friday so pics will be up Friday night and Saturday.
It's good to be back!!!