Hey everyone, long time no post hahaha. It's been probably 13 or so yrs since I left the hobby (moved around too much) and I just never lost the itch so here I am again. Not sure if I will get frogs again, but I'd like to make a nice planted tank that could house some inhabitants in the future should I choose to do so.
I remembered years ago reading about a guy that made 3D printed tank conversion kits and sure enough he's got a website and everything now so first thing I did was order the 20high kit (top and bottom vent and the door brackets). I have glass put in but I cracked the top corner while cutting so will eventually have to replace, but for now it is fine since there are not inhabitants.
For a background I chose to do the cork mosaic with sphagnum in the channels between. I also used hydrated bentonite clay to cover some of the edges of the cork and the areas that some of the trimmed foam could still be seen. I like the look and if it needs to be added to later I can always smear more on. I'll have to get some pics of that later.
The false bottom was made with egg crate and window screen zip tied over it with 2in pvc pipe supports. I'll add a siphon tube in one corner so I can remove any standing water.
I need to add a substrate. I was thinking of going with NEHerp's Substrate V2 and maybe adding a few amendments. I don't want any ferts so obviously any commercial soil is out but I do have an active compost pile. Thought of maybe screening and sterilizing a small portion to add to the mix for nutrients.... Thoughts?
Lighting - I really like the look of some of the grow lights available now. Does anyone have experience with them? I was looking at the LED grow light Vivarspectra P1000, or something like that. They seem like a great option but it doesn't seem like many people use them?
Plants - all my tropicals are pretty much gone so it's a total restart. I would absolutely love some Marcgravia (when did this get so expensive???) and some oak leaf fig. Also going to throw in a bunch of bromeliads and maybe some pepperomia. Likely going to make a trip to a nursery in the summer and see what is available first before I try and get things shipped to the house.
Does anyone on here offer tank cuttings or anything like that? It would be awesome to get like a grab bag of cuttings. Nothing too fancy, not looking to break the bank.
It's good to be back and I'm really looking forward to a fun build on this tank.
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