! That means a lot to me. It really does.
For me a planted tank is no different that the writing I used to do in another life a long time ago. There's a crushing vulnerability that follows the euphoric rush of the creative process for me. That the thing into which I put so much time and effort will be deemed, in the word that hurts most, lame.
Ultimately, I create my tanks as my artistic sensibilities dictate, but the reason I post photos is because all of your feedback means a tremendous plenty to me.
When people remark that they like my tanks and can't wait to see the next one, a certain dread comes over me. This dread is that I won't be able to make another nice tank -- that any nice tanks I've made to this point were flukes or luck or a combination thereof.
So what I'm saying, cint
, is thanks. I was worried what the first person would write and that is the best thing I could have read.
And this fish stuff you're talking about--? Those the things without legs that swim in some people's tanks? I've read about those.
You have no idea how many of my friends make fun of me for having fish tanks with no fish. To give you and idea: all of them.
. As much as I don't like sixty-seven hundred k bulbs, the yellow + tannins are helping make the initial (which would otherwise be boring) shots atmospheric.
! Okay, after I nail down the lighting, I'll post a few bigger photos.
Annoying as heck, isn't it, Haagenize
. I can understand why I might write out ten instead of 10, but it is ridiculous to write out sixty-seven hundred k when 6,700k is so much easier to write and read.
Yet still, I can't help myself. Even though it's, like, a billion trillion quadrillion times more annoying than writing in all caps. And that's, like, zillions of times annoying and almost anything else.
. Yes, it's the twenty" fixture. (Sorry, Haag
. I made it even worse by not writing out inches and used the " instead.) It's a good lamp for the Mini-L in that the spread with a twenty-eight to thirty-six watt bulb is pretty ideal.
I have a feeling that this hardscape will shrink considerably when the plants grow in. I've found that what looks just right at initial planting, becomes too small once the tank matures and what appears slightly too big at initial planting turns out to be just right.
! Once you said that it clicked. I knew it looked like a monster, I just couldn't place the face. Cloverfield
Tank's now pressurized.
Pressurized CO2 is not nearly as difficult as my ignorance-based fear led me to believe. I had the whole thing set up in less than ten minutes.
A five pound cylinder looks positively huge compared to the ADA paintball canisters! (I like it in that the steal cylinder makes my living room look steampunk.)
Here's a cool shot.
Eventually, I will hate that the setting sun shines on this tank, but right here and now, it's beautiful.