Okay all. I am setting up my next tank. It is 25 gallons actual water volume; 16.5" tall, 12" deep, 29.25" wide. Single florescent lamp. I'll be using a Fluval 304 Canister as long as it doesn't leak. I know it's overkill for this size but that's what I got. I also have an AquaTop heater and air pump in the mail I got off ebay.
I got this tank and stand from someone online, for free. Before I ask for help,his is what I have done so far...
The board inside the stand had gotten wet and warped. I went ahead and ripped it out, cut a new piece and screwed it down. I wasn't worried about any kind of finish on it since it will be hidden and could easily be replaced again down the line.
I had cleaned most of the crust of the tank when I got it, but went ahead and cleaned it some more. I also did a nice wash with water and bleach.
I then used chrome polish to shine the glass, outside only of course. It's amazing how it will shine. You can do this to your car windows too.
And after wiping it off.
I had some black poster board left over from when I made a background on my other tank so I went ahead and used it on this one also. One sheet was just a little to short so I needed to cut a small strip from the second sheet. I shoved it up under the plastic around the top of the tank and made it long enough to shove into the plastic at the bottom. I tape the edges of the sheet, you can hardly notice.
Here's the how it sits now with the filter installed.
**Now is where I am asking for some input. So far I am thinking I want to try sand substrate. I have never used it before an am a little nervous. But I love the way it looks and want something different. Anything I need to know beforehand? What kind should I use? I was thinking just silica play sand.It seems to settle quickly and not have a lot of debris in it.
I don't know what kind of fish either, but they must not be aggressive as this will be a community tank. I'd like some bottom feeders so might go with one BN Pleco. I have an albino in my other tank and really enjoy him so I was thinking of getting a normal BN Pleco for this tank. I will also move some MTS over to this tank as well. Other than that, I have no idea of what to stock. My PH tends to be about 7.8-8.0. Any ideas?
I don't think this will be planted. I had some Anacharis in my 50 and lost it all. I'm not really up to fertilizing and trying to tend to fish as well as plants. I am open to thoughts as why I should or shouldn't plant.
I will keep this thread updated with progress as I go along but it may be slow. Hope to get some ideas from you all. Thanks!