Gannon Posted January 17 Share Posted January 17 (edited) Wanted to share the process of setting up this aquarium as it will probably be the last brand new aquarium setup I get to do for a long time. It is 29 gallons and has standard dimensions. Here is a photo of it with the lid and light diffuser on bottom to support the larger rocks that will be going in here. The lid is Marineland brand and was a nightmare to put together. I do not recommend anyone buy it. The back plastic portion of the lid was absurdly hard to attach, I had to use various tools to soften the material and bend it to expand it enough to put it on the lid, needless to say its never coming off now. What was also frustrating was the window film background. It just refused to stay clinging to the back of the tank no matter what I did, how much water I used, heat, etc. I eventually caved and used some strong clear tape to hold the horizontal edges down and it seems to be working as those were the only problems places. Here are some of the plants that I took from my previous nano tanks that will be used in this tank, plus trimmings and runners of plants from my other tanks. My favorite one here is the giant bundle of anubias nana petite that I've been growing for a number of years I can't remember. It is a bit hard to see but its floating at the top middle of that quarantine tank. All of the driftwood in here is also likely to be at least attempted to be used in this new setup if possible. Here are the dry hardscape materials I have on hand. I have a couple more pieces of driftwood in storage, but they have too many places fish can get stuck potentially and other concerns that I'd rather avoid getting a headache over. The two big seiryu stones will ideally be the center pieces. The dragonstones are scraps from those old nano tanks that will likely go in my dragon stone scapes, but I do want to try having them with seiryu stones to see if there is anyway to have them look any bit nice together. The tiny driftwood on there could be used but isn't really big enough to be that useful. I'll hold onto it and see if there is anything I can do with it. This piece of driftwood I grabbed impulsively while visiting some fish stores in another state. There is something about its simplicity and texture that I really like and find charming. Hoping to find a good place for this, ideally one where is weaves through stones. The piece is luckily already sinking but has just as quickly been releasing a lot of tannins. Glad I started soaking it yesterday. That's all I've got for now, but I have more seiryu stones, a nicrew planted plus light, and a package from aquarium coop with the remaining necessities on the way. Hopefully the rest of the work needing to be done will be completed this weekend after the packages arrive around Friday or Saturday or so. Thanks for reading! This will be a very fun project. Still undecided what to stock it with though. Maybe dwarf petricola, maybe more cories, maybe loaches, maybe gouramis, barbs, tetras, etc. I'll find out what I want eventually! Edited January 17 by Gannon 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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