Figured I should get this thread started finally :) Tracking progress for myself, asking for tips from you wonderful lot, and might post a tutorial for lighting mod.
Two weeks ago, my 14.5 Auquatop arrived, and I've been compiling everything for the build.
Comes with hood and two CFL bulbs for lighting.
Will be modifying for LED's.
I will be using Cool White 5630's:
I have room for at least four lengths of these in the hood. I'm hoping this might allow me to have some med/high light plants at some point.
I like the idea of putting in the lights I want. I looked inside the new LED minibows at Petsmart last week and was so disappointed to see there are just two LED's in the hood. With the strips I'm buying I can get a butt-ton of LED light into anything.
I accidentally purchased non-waterproof LED's but I'm thinking they will be fine inside of the waterproof housing ;)
The LED driver is waterproof, at least!
I bought two because I have two switches - but I might only keep one switch in use and use the second driver in my other tank.
connectors, so I can make the necessary rows:
This image shows where the LED's will go in place of the bulbs:
The tank came with an under-gravel filter, but I have set that aside.
I am currently using Aquatop's PFE-3:
It is indeed "Super Quiet." I prefer the shape of my Marina S10 slim HOB, but this filter gets the motor out of the tank. I will need to baffle this filter.
50W heater is from Aquatop as well:
Gold Coast background is being shipped from Designs by Nature, my favorite company ever:
I haven't decided on a substrate, but it will be darker.
Hardscape includes Mopani driftwood and river rocks.
Heavier planting, going for a more natural - but not overgrown - look. I'm trying to leave some open space for schooling fish to show off in.
Is it worth is to add CO2? Would prefer to stay low-tech.
Stocking with glow-light tetras, neon tetras, an albino bristlenose, and Kanoa the copper HM. He is much happier in the community tank than he was on his own :) I currently have two Japanese trapdoor snails, and they are pretty awesome, but I might replace them with some cory catfish.
I currently have one black-finned red platy in the tank as well... he was part of an accidental spawn from half a year back. I had 13 fry, all survived for two months until I put them in a tank with my betta at the time (Matanzas). He ate all but this one surviving platy, now named Piggy. He has two black spots that make it look like he has a pig nose... and he eats everything. EVERYTHING. Slime off of the heater. Slime off the glass. Poop. Food that no one else eats.
He was a little growth-stunted, but now that he's in a bigger tank, is growing rapidly. I don't know if I can keep him in the tank for long with the amount he poops.
I also wish I had just all neon tetras - I prefer them over the glowlights. They're friendlier ;)
I think the pleco is female, but its name is Waldo. A kid I nanny for named him/her.
Any tips as I go in?
Currently boiling the driftwood.
Would anyone be interested in a step-by-step when I do the light mod?
I'm so excited, I love this tank and seeing Kanoa so happy in it!