So after moving across the country I'm finally getting settled in to where I can start putting together a tank. I found this perfect condition Oceanic 46g bowfront setup on craigslist and stuffed it into my truck. I really like the height it provides. I've always had shallow tanks in the past. I'm going to try and use all that vertical height to create an overgrown jungle look..
For equipment so far:
Eheim pro 3e
and the recommended media. I figure that size filter should allow me to be plenty lazy in maintenance.
I'm also excited to try the wave making function. Hopefully that coupled with the high flow rate will allow me to skip adding a powerhead to assist in good circulation.
Hydor 200w ETH
which was a left over.
Current sundial 4x24w T5HO
which is another left over, but only 24" long.. I'm hoping that helps create the jungle look, forcing plants to grow up and towards the center, giving a tree canopy feeling. I also have the stock full length T8 fixture which I can put up front to help fill out the lighting and keep fish from being shadowed against the front glass.
Azoo regulator w/ swag valve
but no CO2 cylinder yet. And no diffusion method yet. I'm going to wait on the cylinder until I see how much room I have under the stand with the fat eheim in there. I'm considering an inline diffuser. Any feedback on those?
Get the substrate out.
It's a nice mix of natural colored sand and small grain gravel. I could see myself using it, I'm just hesitant to use someone's old substrate. You never know what could be hiding in there. I'm torn between a black sand or a light colored sand.
Remove ugly blue stickon background.
It's got a black backside, so I'll probably just flip it around and skip the hassle of painting the back glass. It's just a bit glossy for my liking, but hopefully the tank will fill in to the point you won't see it.