After lots of planning, and having smaller tanks in rental properties, I have finally got fish in my new display tank.
I have spent so many years trying to stuff large fish into the minimum tank they can be housed in and wanted to do something different.
The aim was to make a beautiful piece of living art for the house and have many small fish in a large tank.
I have done a lot of reading on this site (member for 14yrs despite very few posts) and also some SW reef sites and thank you all for the information so generously given.
The background took a long time and the first fill was pretty scary but it held.
I have an waste water pipe that runs under the floor and into the garden so no buckets in the house.
The budget was around $5k including fish and panels for the stand to match bookcase.
Tank: 7x2.5x2.5 from Abyss in Sydney
Filter socks -> Jap mat -> pot scrubbers -> return
Stand: 50x50x4mm steel 900mm high painted with bed liner
Heater: 2 x jager 300W with an Inkbird controller
Internal flow: Sunsun wave maker(not sure if I will need this)
Gravel: 50% crushed coral aragonite 50% Bunnings play sand
Shells: Marine shells from Shelly Beach, NSW
Water aging and change: 240lt wheelie bin with small powerhead to get water into tank/sump
Return pump: Ecotech M1
Lights: 4 x 3ft cheapo LED with dimmers added by me
Background: XPS + Styrofoam + expanda foam
Joined with silicone and skewers and then covered with Crommelins pond sealer and sand
Stuck to tank with about 20 tubes of silicone
FISHLIST I intentionally don’t want anything too expensive or rare.
As it’s a very broad mix there may be failures as they grow, pair and breed.
Synodontis petricola 9 In tank
Bristlenose? 3 In tank
Neolamprologus Lelupi 5 In tank
Neolamprologus Pulcher 5 In tank
Altolamprologus black Calvus 3
Altolamprologus Compressiceps 2
Lamprologus Brevis 6 In tank
leptosoma cyprichromis 20?
Julidochromis malieri 5 In tank
Tanganicodus Irsacae 1