Some of you may remember https://www.bcaquaria.com/forum/tank-...quarium-77154/
With some cajoling and a hard budget of $75 I managed to get the wife to allow me to get my own tank.
So I scoured the local online classifieds and in early July found a standard 90g tank w/ stand, xp4, and a ton of useless (to me) items for keeping turtles in said tank for $150. The fellow was moving that day and needed it gone asap...
The stand wasn't even fit for a firepit so I gave it away, the xp4 I sold for $75, and the other accessories I sold for another $75 (found out later that some of it was worth a great deal more...dang) So at this point I've spent $0
The tank itself is badly scratched on one side, has water marks that vinegar won't touch and the silicone is discoloured and peeling....woohoo project tank!!
Substrate - soil, sand and river rocks (<1.5")
Hardscaping - larger (3"-5") river rocks and driftwood
Plants - swords mainly, currently have 3x amazons, 5x red flames, 1x ozelot, 2x parviflorus, 3x red melon, 12x broad leaf pygmy chain swords, water lettuce, hyacinth and duckweed (rainbow fodder) most of which I got on trade the rest I already had. Will sell off excess once they fill out a bit.
Lighting - Coralife 2x 4' t5HO that I basically traded for a school of harlequin rasboras, and 2x 3' sunblaster t5 fixtures from my old setups if needed
Filtration - DIY sump for mechanical filtration, a few powerheads for circulation and if needed the XP4 from the 27g
Inhabitants - currently have waiting in another tank, a trio of parkonsoni rainbows and 7x celebes rainbows all of which I traded BNP's for, mts snails, assassin snails, and pond snails (again rainbow fodder). Will be ordering some Otto's from Charles once I'm closer to setting everything up.
CO2 - no
Ferts - no
I have cerium oxide around I'd previously used for my old trucks headlights so the scratches and water marks should be no problem to remove. And I definitely have tubes of silicone laying around in the workshop, not to mention a bunch of scrap wood that I can use to build a stand...
Ordered 3x glass hole saws from ebay for $7.50, plan on getting the fittings from the local plumbing supply
Pics of the progress to date to follow