Ive been wanting a 10g for my cherrys so i finally built a mini stand,hood and lighting. its made from 3/4 birch plywood and some moulding scraps. painted it with krylon fusion, the only water proof paint thats cheap.
just got it set up today and going to plant it tomorrow if i can wait that long lol. putting a ac20 on it thats been running on other tank for weeks, used substrate and used water. steath 50w heater.
i figure if i load it down with plants ill have no worry of cycle. im glad i decided to journal this tank so i can see the plant growth. This is the experimental lighting as i want to make a reflector for it but going to try it without one. may buy a hampton bay light later but well see how this goes 1st. going all low light no co2 and low light plants, moss, java fern,crypts,amzon,anubias. figure the 50+ cherrys will like this better than there 5g there in now.
my pool sand dividers are 2liter coke bottle, cut with scissors and used a razor blade to score them so they bend to L shape without breaking. worked and looks great. rocks hold them down and elcheapo way of keeping them apart. painted the tank rims the same blk color so it blends in better.
now just have to figure out dreaded plant placement! im sure ill rescape 10 times before i like it lol.