I was thinking about getting out of the hobby. Then my wife gave me a 60p for my birthday. I have slowly been collecting the materials needed for the setup. I am starting this, my first journal, because I just finished my DIY ADA stand. I am pretty happy about it. I need to stain and seal it and I am looking for thoughts about that. I am pretty new to working with wood so you can't be too basic. I know I need to protect the wood, I think there are different ways to do that but I don't know what they are. I want stick with the natural wood but would like opinions on what color to go with. Most of the wood in my house is dark. I have wood floors, you might be able to see their color in the photos. I do like the natural light color of the wood right now. It is birch.
I have made a hardscape that I am pretty happy with and would like your thoughts. I collected the rocks in Cascades of northern Cali. I set one in white vinegar for about a week and no bubbles etc so I think I'm OK.
Substrate will be ADA Powersand Special S, 9 liters of New Amazonia and probably 3 more liters of Amazonia 2 that is in a year old layout. The hardscape pictured is with the 9 liters of New Amazonia.
The filter will be a 2213 with the pump disabled and a blue line 10HD handling the water movement. Lily Pipes for in/out. I will be using Bio Rio and Purigen in the filter. I will probably upgrade the filter for the extra bio media capacity of a 2215 later on.
I have a regulator and pollen glass for the CO2. I might try an inline CO2 atomizer though. Heat will be hydor inline.
I am undecided about lighting. I am probably going to get a fish-need-it light. I really like the suspended look so I am thinking about going MH. I can't decide on 70 or 150. I am leaning towards 70 because I don't want to futz with pruning all the time. I have not seen to many scapes using the 70 so I am looking for opinions. I would love to see photos of how your suspended 70, 150 MH or 2 and 4 bulb T5HO look in the room they are in.
I will plant with dwarf hair grass, glosso and HC. I have the dwarf hair grass but I am looking for glosso and HC. Thanks for looking.