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    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. SPECS Tank: 7x2.5x2.5 from Abyss in Sydney Sump 4x2x1.5 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