Have been reading these forums for a while now and decided to take the plunge and register. This mainly to pick your collective minds with questions and document my new tank setup (with piccys).
Bit of background first....
I've had a small 35L (yes im in the UK - Scotland) tank for 2 years now and have enjoyed it massively. With a combination of Tetras, Barbs and some other stuff (including some funky shrimp action).
Came into a bit of cash lately so decided to slash out on a upgrade for the lounge and bought a Venezia 190. Beautiful tank and i'm really looking forward to getting it setup. Pic below (will post actual pics later) -
Already i'm showing my big tank inexperience in a number of ways but i'm happy with the progress so far.
Mistakes made so far...
Only had a 3 litre bucket to fill a 190!!
Start filling said tank with said 3 litre bucket on Sunday night at 11:30!!
Buying bog wood on the same day as getting the tank and having to wait 2 weeks of soaking before being able to put it in the tank!!!
Buying big bits of Bog Wood requires Big buckets to soak them, had to go buy a couple of plastic waste bins to do the job!!
The tank is sitting idle atm with water up to temp and conditioning stuff in filter circulating water while i wait for the wood to be ready + plants to go in.
... wanting to go big style with an Amazon style setup.
Went out and got myself some lovely bits from the local aquarium shop, aiming to get a nice balance of width and height. Similar to a decaying trunk for the middle back of the tank. Leaving a band of clear space along the front curve of the tank.
The glorous peice i got for the "length" is too long for the tank in the original position i bought it for!!
1. Can I cut/saw bog wood down to size and not have it effect its water changing properties? ie will the newly exposed side have any extra effect?
2. Rather then waiting the 2 weeks of soaking time I was shown something to add to the filter in the shop to remove Tannins from the water if I just put the wood straight in now (obviously with no fish in). Would anyone recommend this stuff to speed things up a bit?