Originally Posted by Nilet699
What about plants, have you decided what and where yet? Or just winging it?
Any particular type of loach decided upon yet?
Money Wort, miniature swords, Java Moss, Cryt, and some un-named that looks sort of like oregano. Had we been to store #2 first, I would have had some penny wort as a nice counter point to the large money wort... one behind and the other in front for a multi level look... there are only 12" to deal with so illusion is everything.
Thinking about painting an oil backdrop to continue the scape into a "seeming" distance. This lets me work with exactly the plants we have in "the distance" rather than a random whatever printed backdrop.
The moss is going on the large driftwood, maybe I'll split it over the two driftwood pieces if there is enough. The money wart and oregano are back drops as they will get tall, they are already a good 12". I'll group them somewhat together rather than mixing the two plants. The swords and crypt will be the beginnings of a carpet starting near the rear but not in the shade of the taller stems. We have a chunk of some fuzzy thing from another tank that will be stuck in somewhere but only because we already have it. I would love to put in a couple of tiger lotus for surface plants but I don't think they are easy to come by around here.
I'm going with sand and the front middle is going to be 1"... just up the to edge of the base border of the tank in sort of a open sand depression look which will bank up deeper on the rear and one side of the tank into the plants... partly for rooting substrate for the stems and partly that's typically how sand behaves in slow river currents, gathering where there are plants and other obstructions.
Banded Dwarf Loach or just the Dwarf Loach. I need to deal with the near 80F if we go with the Cichlid and, like I said before, I would rather more than larger.
I guess this has turned into a "my tank" thread rather than a Christmas thread. Oh, well. I'll be putting various shots on my aquarium page as we move along.
Next step. stabilizing the floor, the front feet are between floor joists and it allows the tank to move... add water and it will lean in just a bit, not good.