Well, if I don't start this now, it'll just be a pic of a finished tank in 6 or so months. I guess I'll start at the beginning, & pardon my use on military terms & date format & such. Also, the top of this post will be taken up by background instead of unboxing/equipment/dirt pics. By now we all know what that looks like.
In AUG I was looking for something interesting to buy my Household 6 (wife) for her birthday & our 8th anniversary. Since she's Canadian, I think that made it our 25th anniversary in metric, but I digress. She loves watching our son's eastern mush turtle zoom around his tank, so I figured I'd get her a turtle & tank set up. Somewhere along the line, I started reading more & more on planted tanks & soon the "Big Brown Truck of Love" dropped off her ADA 60-P Mist.
As a 10 year US Army Disabled Veteran with a bad case of "The PTSD", I don't even get out of the house outside of appointments at the VA, let alone have the motivation or interest in doing all of the things I used to love. I found that scaping my HH6's tank cleared my head (a miracle) & I got a sense of accomplishment every morning in seeing how much the plants grew from the day before. I've found this to be more therapeutic than all of the VA-issued pills & talk, so I planned on getting a 60-P for myself.
HBDirtbag's "I've Lost My Mind" journal cured me of my 60-P Syndrome, & 3 weeks after buying her tank, led me to ask my Household 6 the most dreaded question in marriage: "How Much Do You Love Me?"
Newlyweds, if you ever hear that question, your spouse just bought something expensive.
A week later the "Freight Semi of Love" brought my 225 lb pallet of GLA 120-H, & like my sig says, the "H" stands for Hernia.
About the scape:
I moved out here to the Black Hills of South Dakota last year from West "BY GOD" Virginia partly because of my post-military issues, & partly because of falling in love with the Black Hills on a cross-country drive back in 2005. I've taken inspiration from the scenery on my weekly drive up to Rapid City for VA appointments, the views of Seven Sisters & Battle Mountain from my house, & driving the long way (Custer-Hill City-Deadwood) up to Sturgis. I'm also adding in some color because this Hillbilly has issues with nothing but snow & pines during the winter months & missing WV in fall (deciduous trees how I love thee).
Brownie Ghost - an unexpected & GREATLY APPRECIATED gift from Bartohog
Misc. buces, yet to identify - Bartohog's grab bag o' buce
Sp. Sao Paulo
Helferi Red (Red Downoi
"Christmas" Bonsai from Bonsai Driftwood
Randomly scattered & strategically placed Iron Bottom & Multi Bottom -preemptive fert strike, or dumb idea...I've got no clue which but I did it anyway. That's just how this old soldier rolls.
Eheim 2217 (Pre-cycled on Household 6's tank)
Hydor Pro 600
Hydor 200W inline
CO2Art- Lily Pipe Surface Skimmer
Poppy Glass Outflow
Cal Aqua Labs- Influx X3
Atomic V1 -Yes I know it's way too small & expensive but, I use on on HH6's tank & the convenience of buying cartridges for both our tanks till my son finds a place that refills large tanks in Rapid City & I can do a 20 lb system works for me. It ain't like I can get out of the house & ask around...I don't even answer the phone. It's actually hard to private message you folks. Ah, the joys of PTSD.
Atomic inline diffuser
Atomic bubble counter
Can you tell I'm gearing up for a 2nd 120-H? My Household 6 is gonna kill me!
5 Tiger Nerite Snails
5 Zebra Nerite Snails
5 Sun Thorn Nerite Snails
60 Sakura Fire Red Cherry Shrimp
10 Neon Yellow Shrimp
8 Pygmy Corys
4 Black Bar Endler's
4 Peacock Endler's
2 Tiger Endler's
2 Rainbow Endler's
10 Zebra Danios
4 Platinum Blue Ivory Mosaic Halfmoon Guppies
2 Red Striped Killifish
2 Gold Australe Killifish
6 Khuli Loaches
Folks Who Have Made This Possible:
-This Space Continually Updated-
-Showing the Love-
- Plants & Mosses
- Seriyu Stone
My Household 6
- Support, Eye-rolling, Heavy Sighs when UPS/FedEx shows up
The US Taxpayer
- This is where most of my VA Disability check ends up
The Tank aka FINALLY HILLBILLY! I got carpal tunnel from scrolling through your yakking!:
So here's the basic scape layout.
Looking straight-on, the hill on the right goes past center-line & the valley is cutting diagonally to the left, but there's a specific reason for this. As you can see in the pic, the tank (& you can catch a bit of my HH6's tank beside it) is sitting behind a slab of granite & on top of a cutting mat.
That 3' x 6' table used to be my leatherworking space. Looks like I'm down to just making wallets/belts/holsters (will trade for plants lol). I also have just enough room for for my drawing pads off to the right, hence the tank is scaped for my view while working. It also provides a nice little world to escape to to calm down when the PTSD gets bad. Having that little world right in my face will help me calm down & get grounded according to my VA theRapist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bxnuOdWUmA
Phase Line Alpha
So what's Kȟe Sapa without pine trees? I'm trying to figure out if & how I want to do Cottonwoods. Perhaps my Anubias Petite on some smaller driftwood. I also have to figure out where I want my gifted Buce...& I have a feeling I'll get into collecting those beautiful plants.
I picked these two beauties up from Bonsai Driftwood. The pic shows their general placement, & I might look into having a couple custom height trees made. Yes, I know I could do it myself, but one: I try my best to support folks who are trying to make their hobby a viable business, & two: honestly, it's hard enough for me to do anything thanks to the PTSD & I don't want my family bearing the brunt of me walking around all pissy because the trees didn't turn out the way I wanted.
Trust me, it'll be bad enough tying the Christmas Moss to them...for hours.
As this is only my 2nd tank, & I've been doing this for less than a month as of today 27AUG15, tips/tricks/pro advice is always
welcomed. Better pics than iPhone 6 will be coming in the future... if I can find the dang charger for my Nikon 1... or my 2 pro Sony camcorders. Moving sucks. You can never find anything.
Phase Line Bravo
-You, this is Me. Engaged & Destroyed one bank account. Time Now. Charlie Mike, over...
As of 10OCT15
By now you're saying "Wow Mac, it's simply amazing how many plants just magically sprout in Aquasoil when you add water"! Unfortunately, that's just not the case. They say money doesn't grow on trees...but apparently it DOES GROW IN AQUARIUMS
. This is NOT
a cheap hobby...but I love it anyhow! Aquatic plants are like Lay's potato chips, you can't just have one.
I must tell you though, working on this tank HAS DONE WONDERS for my PTSD. When I'm having issues I find myself shoulder deep in water moving plants or scraping algae & I can actually focus & calm down. I guess it's like equine therapy...just more expensive.
I'm going through & marking strictly tank posts with the green arrow thingy so you can scroll through & just hit the tank stuff if you don't want to read the conversation posts. I'll keep running progress pics in this post with little blurbs after them as well. There will also be the Black Hills Hillbilly™ website in the future because, why the hell not!
THANKS FOR LOOKING!