Not sure if this is the right forum for this so mods feel free to move it.
A little bit of background.
I have always liked square tanks and long low tanks and have always liked one. I have also always wanted to try lake Tanganykia shell dwellers due to having the perfect water for them straight out of the tap(Ph 8.4+, Gh 20 ish, kh 18 ish). This summer my dad gave the green light for another tank with the caveat that it has to us straight tap and not an RO and tap mix like my other tank dose. Around that same time my I managed to infect my brother with the aquarium bug, and he is willing to split the cost of this tank with me
. I also enjoy tinkering, building and DIY.
What I am proposing is a tank that combines all of that, a short square tank with a large foot print which would be perfect for shellies. The goal is to have all equipment hidden and out of sight. Unfortunately tanks like this are few and far between and expensive, so I'm faced with having to build it my self. Luckily I have access to a fully tooled wood working shop (my dads shop in the garage) and I think building it out of acrylic may be the way to go. I would like this tank to be sit in a corner and be viewed from two faces. The bottom and other two sides will most likely be black acrylic.
Tank: 24x24x8 (about 20 gallons with a 4 square foot footprint) rimless or euro braced diy acrylic tank
Stand: Custom wood built by dad, brother and I in the wood shop.
Heater: ???? Need suggestions for smallest one possible so it will fit in the sump thingy
Lighting: Two hanging 13 watt Spiral Florescent bulbs????
Filtration: Built-on-the-back-sump. As of now I propose it to run across the full length of two sides and be 1.5 inches wide, this holds about 2.5 gallons. The pump will be in a chamber built onto the back corner (May change to a single side depending on the tank location.) Any suggestions for pump size/brand???? I was thinking of maybe using a cheap one from harbor freight...
Co2: None, Maybe Excel
Hard scape: Rock pile, wood???(might look cool, cant decide) and shells, lots and lots of Shells
Flora: Most likely Anubias, Java fern, crypts, bolbits (if I can find it), Egeria najas. The plants will be on and around the rock pile. Open to suggestions.
Fauna: Shell Dwellers!! Not sure if anything else would work as tank mates.
Thoughts, Comments, Suggestions, and Devils Advocates are all welcome and Needed!