Hello from Waxhaw, NC
Hello all. I'm new to the forum and new to aquariums. I just set up a 90g tank with a built in overflow. I have a small sump a friend gave me sitting inside a 20 gallon tank underneath. I've run the water through it and it works great, although it's a bit noisy when I'm sitting right next to it. I think my pump may be too powerful (Sicce 4.0).
Using about 90 lbs of Black Diamond coal slag as my substrate with another 5 lbs of gravel for color. I washed the Black Diamond for hours before putting it in my tank and the water still got a little cloudy, but not too bad.
No plants or fish yet. Going to start cycling tonight. I bought some stuff called Stability by Seachem, hopefully it shortens the time.
I'm a complete noob at the hobby, but I have been doing my homework and am fascinated by the chemistry involved. I have 2 sheep dogs and love to feed the birds and squirrels in the backyard. I figured it was time to add an aquatic element to my home.
This forum has already provided some great advice so I thought I'd say hello and thank you.