Nearly complete. I was waiting on some moss to arrive that I purchased thanks to a forum member. After work today I set to tying and super gluing it to the stump that was waiting eagerly to get into service. Also the acrylic tubes that I bought from someone on another forum came in today so I dismantled the Zoo Med canister and plugged these bad boys in. Boy they are sweet, this is some good work that I know would have been a DIY nightmare of epic proportions if I tried it. Some things are best left to the guys that are good at it, and this is one of those instances.
My black background is actually a rice paper window film that I had left over which I painted from the backside in black. It gives it a nice look, much better in person so take my word on it please.
I need to figure out that right rear corner as I am not feelin it. It needs something taller back there but I don't know what. I hate the idea of having to drain this down again to replant but I am not completely happy with it because of that.
The stupid ghost shrimp I got from PetSmart a few days ago have not eaten since day one and they are in their death throes. The tank is cycled even though it is only a week old. I had a filter bag with a 50/50 mix of existing and new Fluval biomax fermenting in the filter of my oldest tank for this occasion. I dropped it into the canister of my Zoo Med 501 Friday evening and ran it for two days prior to adding the shrimp that are all but a memory now. The olive nerite snail though is happy go lucky and doing his thing. The Celestial Pearl Danios I thought I won on AB fell through because someone swooped in while I was out running errands on Sunday afternoon winning the auction leaving me high and dry.
I have been testing the tank every other day and everything reads zero across the board except the nitrites which are just about at the 5 ppm mark. The pH though has been my battle in this as well as all my tanks since the water here stinks. I have a Kinetico water system and get my tank water just after the filters but before it hits the salt tank. It's softer water but better than what I had before it was installed.. that was awful then. Everything is in my tank journal, this is just the final cut.
Comments always welcome, be gentle, I am new at this still and learning.
Drop checker, inlet & outlet pipes