12-27-2012, 09:02 PM
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Sorry guys, had a nap.... 4 hours. Fighting a bug.
Preliminary plant placements, the murk is slowly settling. Wife was disappointed in the lack of crystal clear pristine water.
I was thinking that there was more bottom real estate... 30"x12" is not that much once the wood gets in there. My centre sand shallow became a side sand shallow.
I like the "stuck rock" that my daughter came up with from her rock collection. You can't really see it but it is open crystalline and sparkles in the light. I had to drill and cut away some wood to get it jammed in there so it doesn't look like its just sitting on the wood. I also had to cut away some of the underside of the wood to make it sit lower and on the angle that we wanted... which allowed for shallower sand, the deepest is 3" at the rear left. There is only a couple of handfuls left of the 20lb bag of playsand. I worked out the volume of sand needed to be sure that I didn't have to buy more... I don't have the numbers handy but its somewhere North of 1000 cubic inches. I have a couple of handfuls left.
The other wood, the Malaysian drift, got a cursory 3 hour boiling treatment, a few holes drilled from behind to provide some hidey holes and is just stuck in the sand in the corner. We're trying to decide what else to put in. I think we will need some more decoration specifically for the fish to use. More wood, some rocks, we do have some great rocks to use, mostly quartz and the like in various colours but they don't really afford more fish spaces, wood will probably win.
Java moss is cool, I hope it propagates well as I have it attached to the driftwoods here and there, probably can't see it in the picture. It sinks so its pretty easy to place, particularly without the filter on yet.