Goodnight Sweet Prince. RIP 2/2017
-Rimless 65 Gallon Mr Aqua
-DIY Birch Stand
-2x Finnex Planted Plus 48"
-Dirted Substrate (Indoor Sunshop Seattle house blend)
-Regular Gravel Cap
-C. crispatula balansae
-C. Wendtii Green
-C. Wendtii MiOya
-C. Wendtii Tropica
-C. Lucens (xWillisii)
-16 Kryptopterus vitreolus - Glass Catfish
-1 Sewellia lineolata - Reticulated Hillstream Loach
-10 Clea Helena - Assassin Snails
Laying out the hardscape and pondering
Building ADA style stand, double layered .75" ply
Slid to corner of room out of foot traffic
Dirting with soil and clay balls
I feel like the most common dirted tank question is: how deep do i dirt?
answer: not very deep.
Capped, Conga Rock brand natural color gravel. Its got a great grain size.
Hardscaped. I'm going for a rootball effect here. In a natural braiding stream, the outside edge of bends can commonly undercut trees until enough large woody debris and rock builds up to stabilize the slope. When these trees fall into the river, their rootballs leave a sizable hole, which scours further and provides excellent habitat sheltered from the open flow of the stream. Imagine this is the rootball with the main stem of the trunk tipped over out of view to the the back right. The river has reclaimed the hole and filled in, burying half of the tree. Maybe it conveys that... i don't know... i like it either way.
Planted up. Crispatula in the back and to one side, how original!
Some might have cringed at the thought of a tank directly inside of an east facing window. Don't worry, i got you. I lined the bottom pane of these living room windows with static cling 98% UV shade. you'll notice its a lot darker after this point. The top pane still lets morning light into the room, but doesn't hit the tank.
Going through the usual dirted tank period of brown water.
A little Clearer on week 3
Week 6 growing in nicely, added Glass Cats. Assassin Snails need to get off their butt and do some work.
Anyway, that's where we are. I'll post updates and leave cheat page numbers in the OP when we get there.
Thanks for looking!