I haven't kept fish in quite a while; however, I used to have a planted high tech 50 gallon which I kept going for a few years. Most of the equipment has been sitting in the basement for quite a while but I decided to get back into the hobby.
This journal is going to start off with a fair amount of DIY before going into a typical planted tank log. I figure that splitting it into a bunch of threads is a pain and this way everyone can follow the entire project. Plus I feel more at home in the nano forum since you guys are the ones who convinced me to pick up a 10 gallon to begin with.
First step is ripping the rim off a cheap 10 gallon.
Guided by a tutorial whose location I cannot remember, the rim came off pretty easily but the glass underneath is a little rough and slightly chipped. Also, the glass panes don't quite line up but I live in Canada and getting an ADA tank up here would be too expensive (Plus I'm hoping to DIY almost every component of the tank in some way).
Anyways, onwards to the bottom rim. The tank was built a little weirdly where the bottom pane is raised but it doesn't seem to impact the strength of the tank. I was pretty nervous loosening up the silicone since I wasn't sure if one unlucky scrape would turn the tempered(?) bottom pane into sand.
After the rims come off it took a metric crapload of scraping to fix up the sillicone. Was it worth the work? Perhaps, but I wouldn't do it again.
Finally I stuck it in the bathtub with some non toxic washable markers to make sure it doesn't explode all over the floor. Looking good for now, I'll paint it tomorrow and then stick it downstairs while the rest of the project comes together.
Pretty typical start but I've got some tricks up my sleeve. LEDs, glass and microcontrollers to come. I'll keep regular updates going.