Got it safely moved with the aid of cargo straps with body harnesses, 2 furniture trollies, and a 12 pack of Stella. And a bit of cussing, to be honest.
i3k, as of now, it sounds like the wife is making an executive decision on the stocking list, and it will be a Silver Arrowana, a Giraffe Catfish, a Managuense Cichlid, a pair of Green Texas Cichlids, a pair of Zebra Oscars, and possibly a Common Pleco. That will probably fill it up.
We'll probably try to breed guppies in a small tank, so we have a supply of feeders as treats, ans will order bulk crickets and earthworms online. We have several LFS
in the area, so we're hoping to get most of the fish partly grown, as the tank will look silly with only 8 juvenile fish in it.
I picked up a Fluval Fx6 canister filter yesterday, that is rated for 925 gph
, and I'm probably going to add a large hob
filter. Once it's filled, I'll kick start it with some media from another tank, and some goldfish I plan to steal from my daughter's pond, and it will hopefully be ready to stock in a couple weeks.
With stand, tank, and canopy, it's 98" tall, and our cave ceiling is only 8 feet, so the stand won't be used. Also, the wife is only 5' tall, and said she prefers to look straight into the tank, rather than be staring upward like a child, so . . . Instead, we're going to build a platform from shaped natural stone landscaping blocks and maple sheet wood. Should look pretty cool when finished, and will fit with the natural look we're going for in the cave. With that, the cave should be complete. Now, if I can just talk her into building a heated, detached garage, so I don't have to get into a cold vehicle every time I go somewhere.