This tank was a dream for me about 4 years ago. And the dream was only for a 46G. But when a deal hits you grab it and run.
There will be a back story and a part to catch up to the present and it will be a journey from now 2016 forward. The next post will be the equipment and stock, etc.
After setting it up and really loving the tank I was awarded TOTM and was very proud. Just LOVED my tank.
Here is the link for some pics.
March 2014 TOTM Award : Autumsky's 72g Bowfront - Aquarium Advice
Right after that I had done a large pwc
and used a new dechorinator product which had done some pretests on with small pwc
The product apparently works fabulously for harder water as it binds kH
/minerals to do its work (maybe getting this slightly mixed) but anyhow since I basically have 0 KH
, it caused a huge pH crash (3 larger tanks and mostly a wipe out). The imbalance caused most of my beloved creatures to die and most of the plants and it looked like Mars with a few rocks and some DW.
Hated it, never looked at the tank - it was heart wrenching. After months maybe 8 months it took to get the tank stable and almost a year to get things back to feeling better.
There were lessons learned on making sure to keep the pH up a little and hopefully not ever experience anything like that again. I now have mineral additives to make sure to keep it on the chart.
I have been consistently learning on a regular basis - all aspects of keeping aquatic inhabitants FW
Lots of sad times: learning curve, misunderstanding and errors and many happy ones too.
Here is a link to lots of pics from the time I have kept the tank
The short version is this
New tank May 2013
After the tank crash
July 2014 Thank goodness Angels like low pH
The ugly lack of priority and maintenance result of a very tough 2015