This is going to be a build and question thread. As this is my first tank, all advice is appreciated. I am going with a 15 gallon tank for my desk. I know larger tanks are easier, but but my requirements are 1 that it needs to stay within the weight limit of my desk and 2 it needs to be easily movable as I am currently renting. This tank will be low tech and I need to be able to be away from the tank for 7 day stretches.
So my goals are to have the following:
1 Male Betta
6-10 Neon Tetra
1 Bristlenose Pleco
Possible some snails and shrimp
Plants (still deciding):
Mid (around trees):
Right - Staurogyne Repens
Left - Water Wisteri
Right - This will probably stay empty as it will be hard to maintain
Middle - Amazon Swords
Right tree - Christmas moss
Left tree - Anubius nano midway up the main part / Anubius nano petite on the branchs
Floating: Frogbit (at least for the starting to keep algae under control)
Aqueon 15 Gallon
Cobalt Aquatics 100 watt heater
Finnex Planted+ 24/7 24" (didn't get first preorder unfortuantely)
Use my Raspberry Pi and possibly Arduino(s) as a controller
Potentially automated feeder for when I'm out of town
Redo the 24 hour function on the Planted+ to have a sunrise, 4 hour light cycle, all LEDs full brightness except white, 4 hours cycle, fade to moonlight
Masking tank to plastidip background...Could find any paper so I uses targets lol
The tank was too low on my desk, so I custom made a stand. I took 4 pieces of mdf (drilled the center 2 panels a bit to reduce weight) and screwed and glues them together. Next I took some fake leather from the fabric store and glued it to the mdf. Turned out pretty well.
Fitted stuff in... The driftwood broke so I re-adhered with 20 gallons of silicon, so now it is never moving.
Starting to add substrate.
Quick shot of the desk
Gluing the driftwood back...
After it set enough to tack, I continued with substrate.
Shot with the other pick of driftwood in the tank.
Custom made an intake prefilter
Unfortunately when buying driftwood, my eyes were bigger than my tank. Ended up with an extra piece that looks awesome, but I can't use on this tank. Kind of looks like a dinosaur.