We decided to adopt two angelfish from our local shelter. We have an empty 55 gallon tank setup which will be their new home. I got the tank, stand, light, filter (Fluval 404) and heater from Craig's List (all in one shot). The filter arrived without any media or an impeller so I had to borrow an Eheim filter from another tank until I the replacement parts arrive in the mail.
The light is your standard compact fluorescent which takes 4 65-watt bulbs. Two of the included bulbs are 50/50, and the other two are 10,000k but they're burned out - so I have 5 10,000k bulbs on the way (need two for my other tank, upstairs).
But now it is all setup and the filter is now running. I left some "slop" in the bottom of the tank - that and the fact that I'm using a filter which has been active for a while on an established tank - allows me to get Nitrate readings already. Don't worry, I'll continue to monitor this daily until I can be sure it's established.
I also added a four Anacharis today and a Common Pleco, here's how it looks so far, too bad I didn't get a chance to paint the back black:
Remember, only one 10,000k bulb is working, and one 50/50 is sort of working.
It looks really washed out. Maybe because the light is sitting directly on top of the glass canopy?
The extraneous tubing will be removed once I get the parts for the Fluval filter.
This monster won't be little for long!
I have a few large styrofoam boxes that I got from my dad (and one that I got when we picked up the Discuses) - the kind that temperature-sensitive medicine is shipped in - we'll use those to transport the Angelfish home tomorrow morning.