This will be a pretty simple, low tech, planted tank. The tank is a 30 gallon, 24"x12"x24, tall tank. The plan is to house an army of Red Cherry Shrimp, 3-5 Otos, and a decent sized school of (green) Neon Tetras. As for the plants, I'm starting with water sprite, java ferns, assorted crypts, frogbits, and hopefully some mosses. I've also chosen some drift wood for the tank and a couple pieces of cholla wood for the shrimp. The cholla wood may look out of place, but I'm hoping to cover it in plants eventually.
As for equipment, it is all budget friendly. I picked up a SAT+, a HOB filter rated for a larger tank, submergible heater, thermostat, and various routine items. I went with soil topped in sand for the substrate, I followed a write up on mineralizing the soil.
(Everything sitting in the garage on the futon)
January 1st-January 13th, 2015
Starting from the beginning, I had previously made this table for drinks and chargers in the corner. I never planned on putting a tank on it, so the construction reflected that.
I drew up a quick idea on how to reinforce the table. Basically, it is a 2"x4" fish stand with the original table top. The old legs were not used. The top is larger than the stand, but the tank is right over the supports. The rest of the table is still useable for drinks, phones, chargers, etc.
I made my cuts out of #2 lumber
Assembled (the center beams aren't attached, I had to get L brackets).
And later that night, in the house! Just to brag, I made the table too.
I filled the tank up with relative ease. The plate definitely helped! It still ended up cloudy, but not too bad.
Then here is a shot from the morning after
The cloudiness has definitely gone way down. It actually looks pretty good. I know now I am definitely going to wrap it with some matte black vinyl to hide the wires while viewing it. I'll probably tape the wires to the back of the vinyl so you can't see them as much from the side.
For now, I am quite happy with the set up and how it is going. If anyone sees this and has some trimmings they want to give away, shoot me a PM!
I have ordered quite a bit of plants, but I don't think I could turn down more!
I plan on posting daily photos when the plants are in. That way I can do a time lapse. I'll have to take better photos too.
i see wet couches in your future haha.
They slide easily! I have some of those magic sliders. I hope you were referring to planting/water changes and not a misfunction.