So after dilly-dallying for quite some time, I'm finally pushing forward with this project. Couldn't sleep tonight, so I thought I would start this journal after posting various questions on Tony and Shawn's threads about how to do various things.
Here's the basic concept:
Square trimless tank (30x30" footprint, 24" high). It's roughly about 100 gallons. Thanks will be Eurobraced at the top. I decided against Starphire glass after talking to various people here, and working through the cost versus visual difference of my concept.
Filtration will probably be an Eheim 2078, although originally it was going to be a 2028. I decided it wouldn't hurt to have more filtration. At this point, the filtration will probably be hard plumbed into the back of the tank because of the Eurobracing.
This will be a low/med light tank without CO2 injection to begin with. I plan to use Tek retrofits and moonlights to get the lighting effect I want.
Substrate will probably be pool filter sand. There will be at least one big stump thanks to April, and various stones and piece of slate (more to come on the decor a bit later).
Stand is going to be custom built by Target. We have run through various design ideas and so far, the leading one is an ADA style where which is flush with the tank to showcase the trimless glass tank. Unfortunately, because of the choice of final inhabitants, I won't be able to go open top, so it'll have a full canopy on top.
Inhabitants will be a group of L134's (what else beside plecos?) initially, but I have not worked out what all the other inhabitants will be yet. I am eventually wanting a small group of discus in there, but I'm undecided what type (wild vs domestic, solids vs. leopards, etc.)
Anyway, that should do it for now. I do not have any pics, as the only thing I have now is the filter, which I did take some pics of when I first got it, but accidentally erased the pics from my DSLR.
At this point, I'd like to thank for following people for inspiration and advice (direct or indirect): Charles for advice on fish and driving my pleco addiction, Tony1928 for his DIY on the big 400 gallon, Target for mutually motivating each other on getting more tank and fish, and Davej for helping me to procure the L134 group and being so kind as to hold the fish while I'm away and until the tank is ready (have not decided on this part yet, whether to put the L134 into the 125 or let Dave hold the fish until the tank is ready). Too many people have given me input on the Starphire vs non-Starphire to list here, so I won't list those people individually.
Wow, that was one long post with no pics...sorry. More to come tomorrow as I finalize my tank order.