Dreaming about my first tank: large, planted, Discus fish | updated pics as of 6/28
Once upon a time...
On a cold day in February, I was browsing on craigslist.com, looking for houseplants. So I started clicking here and there, and eventually came across a 125g fish tank. Nothing but the stand, glass lids and [censored][censored][censored][censored]ty lighting fixtures came with it.
Let me tell you right now that planted aquariums with fish in them are addictive. I had space for the 5 ft monster tank in the living room, so I convinced my roommates that everything is going to work out well and we picked up the tank. Nevertheless, the guy who was selling it lived quite far and we managed to bring everything home in one piece in a pickup's trunk. I've never seen so many people staring at our load on the highway because we stuffed a bunch of old pillows on the bottom and in-between, so the glass and wooden stand won't break.
The tank got into the living room, I ordered the equipment and started setting up everything. I was very confused! The more people I spoke to (LFS staff, Petco, Petland, etc.) the more blurry the picture about my tank became. Nevertheless, these people's opinions weren't consistent at all. I almost gave up on it... In a desperate search for live plants, someone on craigslist told me about plantedtank.net and since then I didn't listen to my LFS guy anymore.
Looking back, what was I thinking with that white and black substrate?!? And rocks?? Some of them are ok, but these don't even match! This cannot work.
Last edited by gabriella; 07-01-2009 at 11:51 PM.