Well after more than a year growing these water weeds with evolving success I have decided to try something new- A planted Discus tank!
Here's the new tank below. It is a 120 gallon All Glass brand that measures 48"X24"X24" (1220mmx610mmX610mm) This is going to replace my 55 gallon planted tank and I look forward to having so much more depth as the standard 55 gallon was quite challanging to aquascape due to it's narrow profile. What I like also about this size is that it is the same lengh as the 55 gallon so I can carry over the Coralife 4X65w lighting.
I am planning on using this stump in the aquascape. I placed it with reference to the "Golden Ratio" and I think I'm pretty much set on it right now. You can also see the egg crate that I put down. This is to protect the glass below. Even though the glass is tempered the crate helps to distribute the load better.
Getting the stump into the tank was quite a task. This is what it looked like before:
The stump had to be carved to the fit the tank just right. After studying the tank and the wood for quite some time the cut was made with the help of Pops and his saw.... no going back now.
Here's some more detail of the stump. I really think it has a lot of character to it and I can't wait to start attaching some anubia and moss to it. I like that it gives the perception of a tree growing on a riverbank in the water. I think the Discus will really like it.
Here is the cabinet for the tank. I purchased it unfinished so that I could stain it myself. Here is is with the first coat of stain. I will be using a marine product to finish it since on my 55 gallon I found the standard finish didn't like wet hands and drops of water and such. This marine finish can be used on the bottom of the boat so I figure a wett hand or a drop of water here and there won't cause any problems.
So that's it for now. As soon as the cab is done and fully cured it will be time to have some real fun and start aquascaping!