Well, here is another case of MTS! I just got a 29 gallon aquarium with stand, light, and hood off of craigslist for $10. This is going to be my project tank, and I thought I would start a thread to document its progress. I already know that I will need a new light fixture (the one it has is only rated for a 20 watt bulb) as I am going to plant it. Here's my plan of action:
-get a shop light (should I go for 2 or 3 watts per gallon?)
-get some play sand as substrate
-use root tabs and DIY CO2
-get a filter rated for 50 gallon tanks (I know a lot of people like the bio wheel ones, but what is the noise factor? The tank will be in my room, and I do need to sleep in there!)
-get a 150 watt heater
-pick up some driftwood from a nearby lake and boil it thoroughly
-get some rocks (is granite ok?)
-cycle using fishless cycle
My 15 gallon has sort of been my trial, so I now pretty much know what I am doing as far as plants go. But, I am going to experiment with the CO2 and such first before I get any fish. I want to avoid any problems with the plants before I have to worry about fish as well (something I learned last time).
So, here comes the fun part, I really have no idea what fish I should put in there, so I am looking for imput. I already have guppies, corys, a betta, and I am getting a gourami, so I am looking for something different. Preferably something not so common as tetras, plattys and such.
So, what do you think? Any suggestions, comments, etc.? I am on a limited budget, so I will probably be purchasing a little something here, and a little something there, and Christmas is coming up! So, I have plenty of time to plan a really nice tank, and decide on some cool fish.
I will post pictures as I add things.