Hey guys, I thought this would be an interesting story. If you guys remember this thread:
There were details for a tank I was planning to set up at Tulane University in
New Orleans. Haha, my last post on that thread was the day before I had to evacuate the city. Unfortunately, I only managed to escape with 2 sets of clothing and my laptop-- there is a fully stocked dorm with an aquarium in Tulane waiting for a college student to use it . . .
And the only thing I can think about is that my plants are probably dead because my dorm room probably has no electricity!! (though I do know that all the Tulane Residence Halls are intact)
depressed but safe, I was going to return to Hawai'i but . . . I got a call from my Dad's alma matre, Claremont Mckenna College, and they offered to put me up as a visiting student. SO HAPPY!! So I up and went to California!
I am now living in a storage room that was transformed into a dorm for me and another Ronnin (Ronnin refers to "school less student" in Japanese). And I have begun preparations for my NEW PLANTED TANK!!! I REFUSE TO STOP!!!!
I have already ordered 3 8"x6"X6" Acrylic aquariums, though I will probably only use 1 and set up the other two for friends as clients (you'd be surprised how many college students want nice aquariums!). They should be nice, frameless.
Though I'm used to glass, it's fine . . . and cheaper this way . . .
Also visited a LFs in upland close to Claremont and bought some stuff:
1 Bag Flora Base
1 Bag "art rock" light color sand
1 Deco Art nano filter
Lighting is going to be my desk light, which I made sure to pick specifically for this task. It has 13w PC flourescent lighting-- should be enough. It also has surprisingly good built in reflector and came with a 6500k bulb!!
I already have some idea of the plants . . .
Recently a guy on killies.com asked me for a sample of "plagiomnium cuspidatum," a very attractive semi-aquatic moss I posted about here: http://www.killies.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2395
I called my friend skipper who is taking care of my collection back in Hawai'i, and arranged for Skip to send him a sample. In exchange, the guy is going to send me peacock moss!
Information on peacock moss can be found here: http://www.aquamoss.net/Peacock-Moss/Peacock-Moss.htm
Besides the moss, I think I'm going to focus on short stem plants-- I've bought some micranthemoides and ludwigia from one of the forum members here, and hopefully I can get my friend to send me more micranthemoides from home.
I'm planning to do an island scape with the rocks and plants surrounded by a foreground of the sand that surounds the "island." It will be a little piece of home for a boy from Hawai'i . . .