For short periods of relaxation during this summer when I am in two escrows selling my old house and buying a new one, studying for my MBA, & all the other fun transitions for an interstate move, I've been thinking about what my new setup will be:
Tank: 125G standard.
Substrate Eco-Complete Dark 1"
I looking for a 3-4 year setup without much change. Should I put some MGO under or just stick with the Eco-complete?
Cerges Reactor -- (looking up different models) - Any recommendations on best design?
Regulator ---Large spread of prices for these from the beer ones to some pretty expensive ones. Recommendations?
What do I use as a timer to turn the CO2 off and on?
Lighting : LED under a hood. My wife likes the look of the tank with the hood on it. What degree angle should I look for for the LED. It will be mounted no more than 2" above the tank.
Plant list: Still debating this one. I'm looking for a mix of textures, colors and habits to give the tank some character.
Staurogyne repens (if I can find it)
Driftwood: - The cherry tree branch is staying. I might look at collecting some manzinita from Northern CA as I drive through.
Rocks - Previous owner put it a massive pond in the back yard. (see attached picture). They left some of the round river rocks in the flower beds poorly arranged. I think I can use some of them for an interesting arrangement.
Rams (bolivian or German depending upon the water quality tests).
Fertilizer dosing - E.I. but I might change it depending upon the difficulty of water changes in the new house.
Flooring - crawlspace with the joist running the wrong way. I'll have to add in some support under it. I check it out with the inspector during the house inspection. Spiders crawling down my neck fun... At least there is almost a 3' clearance. Enough room to move around more easily.
An now for the gratuitous pond shot. Might be a little bit happy about this one.