FINALLY! My tank is finished! It seems like this project took me a year to complete when really it was only 5 - 6 months.... still a long time.
Anyways, I came across a free 45gal tank with no hood and decided to snatch it up. Filled it with water and some gold fish to get the water cycled, all was well and there was no leaks. I then decided I wanted to decorate the tank based off my favorite anime, Naruto (I know I am a nerd).
After filling it, I had to get the background I wanted custom printed. Next I searched endlessly for the figurines to put in there. Got them from a combination of bidding from Ebay and finding things on Amazon.com. Then I had to find a hood. Then I hired a professional sculptor to make me a custom center piece, the nine tailed beast aka the Kyuubi.
After I felt the water was safe, I put in some lamp eye tetras, rainbow fish, danios, gouramis, some killie fish, another kind of fish I already forgot the name of... and two bottom feeding guys in there. One is a spotted loach type that won't get bigger than 6" and the other is a spotted catfish looking kind. I really am awful with my fish species lol. The good news is they are getting along fine and have been in there for about 2 months now. Just yesterday my custom sculpture finally arrived, making my tank officially complete!
I hope you enjoy these pictures even if you don't watch the anime :D
Before the Kyuubi center piece:
The Kyuubi out of the water
The finished tank!