So after a hiatus I'm now moved, and we're mostly settled. I'm starting my tank back up.
Here are some of the basic things people want to know up front:
- It's "high tech" - Compressed CO2 injection through a cerge reactor. I might change the injection method soon though.
- Lighting is a 4x54w Catalina fixture on custom adjustable height hangers. (details on hangers forthcoming)
- Filtration is a Ehiem 2262 for bio/mech and a 2217 for pushing heaters, CO2 injection and extra mech. I'll also through purigen in sometimes.
- Substrate is Fluval Stratum. Looks interesting and I wanted to try it out.
I have several fish already that are left over from my last tear down. They're all living in a big rubbermaid tub with the 2217 running on it in the guest bathroom for now.
3-4 Clown Loaches
~18 rummynose tetras
1 pitbull pleco
I'm considering very heavily on trading the loaches so I can do more shrimp this go around. However, I'm fairly certain the loaches weren't bothering the shrimp and it was the rainbows, in reality, that were killing them all.
I'm not sure, we'll have to see. The rainbows are all gone, sold them to a friend with a dedicated rainbow tank.
Flora is undecided at the moment. I'd love to hear some ideas. I know I want to finally accomplish a lush green foreground, whether its UG, stauro, DHG, or something else. I'm not going to run RO, and I'm not yet sure of the tap water conditions. Once I know those I'll be able to make some choices.
I have a hardscape roughed out, and I'll be refining it a little over the next several days. I need to get some additional stratum to finish out sloping and filling in a few areas. The foreground is a little shallow I think too.
Here are pictures of the scape thus far:
The one side is going to be viewed a lot as it's the first thing you see coming into the room. I want it to look decent as well.