Thanks! Long Island eh? You watch hockey? I've been an Islanders fan my whole life, despite being a Canadian. They've made it hard for the last decade.
Well, the aquaclear and the canister filter are running! Now it sounds like an aquarium. I turned the two heaters up a bit, we'll see how that goes. Still haven't hooked up the air pump, as I need to pick up tubing this weekend.
Haven't shown any pics because they all turn out too dark. Haven't put the lid and lights on the tank yet because I'm waiting until I put the driftwood in. After the lights are on, I'll take some pics.
I could not, for the life of me, get the tubing to go a full 2" up the intake and outtake tubes (or on the canister lid), even with lube. One leaked a little at first, but I managed to get the clamp to go on a little tighter, and now it seems ok. I'll keep a close eye on it tonight and tomorrow. (and forever, but especially for the next 24 hours).
Can't wait to get that driftwood! I think I'm going to start off with some fake plants, just to fill it up a bit, and then tie some Java Fern
to the driftwood to get the real stuff growing. Later when I have more money I'll add some Anubias
. Hopefully one day I'll have enough real stuff that I can remove the fakes without the tank looking barren.
Edit: I really think this will be my last aquarium. :) We have 5 now and that's a lot of fish.