Hi guys, i posted a more detailed history on this tank in the introduction thread in the lounge (since its the reason im here )but i finished putting the tank together and have pics of the job.
Im looking for suggestions on a submersible pump for a waterfall feature. Ive looked around and most seem like overkill for having such a small amount of water in the tank. I have what im calling corrugated plastic, i dont know what its really called, it was over with the plexiglass at home depot. Ill be using it to make a housing the pump can fit into so that if anything happens to it i can get it out without having to destroy my background, and it and the tubing/cords will be hidden.
Im also looking for suggestions on a lighting fixture. I have a florescent cool white bulb under my kitchen counter where i keep my spider plants, a curly fern (variant of boston fern) and my sons venus fly trap. They are all growing very well although i do move the vft to the east window where it receives full sun until noon (its in an apothecary jar) because its a high light req plant. I was wondering if a similar fixture would work for this tank. I have a floating shelf I'll be installing above the tank where i hope to suspend the fixture. Im hoping to fill it with orchids, bromiliads, tillandsias, aerial mosses (spanish) and terrestrial mosses (something other than sphag which is slowly growing with the vft already)
still debating what to do for a lid but I'd like to keep it super simple, like a piece of plexi with a bead of caulk to add friction so it doesnt slide off the top. Prob part plexi part mesh and ill need a spot for a fan on it.
Ok on to the tank build. I got it for free from the curbside... it was in bad shape. The guy who previously owned it had tried to patch a leak unsuccessfully. I stripped all the old silicone off aside from a residue that i just couldnt get off, boy oh boy did i try tho!. I purchased one new panel to replace one that had heavy residue, a chipped corner and scratches. At least the front panel is crystal clear now but considering the tank was free i didn't really feel like paying $80 for 4 new panels (the back two will be covered in gs, that corrugated plastic and silicone background so the condition of the glass didn't matter too much.)
After everything was cleaned as best i could get it i reassembled the tank and its curing on my diningroom table as i type. Cross your fingers for me that it'll hold water! LoL
Heres the bad recaulk
I tore (gently but it still snapped... its old) the rims off, i want rimless
Stack of clean glass... so pretty! It has a stand too that i plan to paint over to match the table i built in the kitchen
Curing. I gotta go back and clean up a few spots but i dont think it came out too bad considering what it was before i got started.
Happy to hear any and all suggestions and general info. This site has been great to browse through and while i have no immediate plans to raise pdf that was my original intention when i picked up this tank. Maybe one day when my plates not so full.