February 6th, 2012: Introduction to the tank!
Here's a full shot of the tank. It's nothing too special yet. I apologize for the glare from the window.
The beautiful stand was made by my talented pap out of scraps from his woodworking shop. It's Frankensteined out a few different types of wood. He's not happy about the piece that goes horizontally under the drawers, but it was the only piece of scrap that fit. I don't mind it at all.
The drawers are very nice and hold food and other small supplies. The cabinets beneath them are designed to hold two buckets and larger tools/supplies.
My first project was a lighting upgrade! My dinky light that came with the aquarium hood just wouldn't cut it, so I dug out an incandescent hood from an old 10 gallon tank in my mom's attic. I hacked it up myself to fit (kinda) over my hood and screwed two 26w 6500k CFLs in there. It just kinda lays there for now, but my dad is working on a DIY light to hold 3 bulbs.
I received my AC 70 filter just last week! I was so excited! I hooked it up by myself and chose to leave the carbon out in favor of a chunk of filter floss (rinsed polyester batting from my craft room). I love it!
I also set up a DIY CO2 bottle. I used one to start with. I will add another next week and refresh them on alternating weeks to keep the CO2 steady. Nothing too fancy here. Just a bottle with standard air tubing (and a check valve) that I put right in to the filter intake.
Also this week, I did my first scape! I purchased a small pack of plants from LGP. I'll be able to get more soon when finances permit! See the first post for the current plant list.
The hidden cove (even though it's not hidden yet):
The... I don't have a good name yet:
That's all for now. I'm waiting on an order of ferts to come in the mail. They should be here before the weekend, and I couldn't possibly be more excited to see some crazy plant growth. The fast I can get my jungle, the better!
I'm also on the lookout for inexpensive plants from my wishlist. Hornwort, water sprite and wisteria for now.
- The water is crystal clear! It just looks cloudy in the pictures because of the tiny, tiny bubbles that spew out of the power head. Mabel loves them.
- The intakes on the filter and power head will be covered shortly. Just need to get the sponges!
- Sorry about the dirty glass and sand. After I was done with working on the tank this weekend and all of the crap settled, I wanted to give poor Mabel (and my back) a break for a few days.