Update to the build! All of my equipment is in except for the lid. Unfortunately, I hit a bit of a snag a few days ago.
I was taking pics of some hard scaping like so:
And I noticed something....
Is that a crack??
Goddangit, that's a crack.
I don't know if it's always been there or if it's a new development. This is the tank I used for quarantines in the past. I ended up having to go out and get another one, but I had already included that in my calculations for the first post, so this doesn't affect my budget.
Kinda funny how this started as something to do with the 10 gallon and I ended up having to replace the tank itself.
Moving on, I got in my filter and sized a mesh bag for lava rocks for mechanical and biological filtration. In hind sight, I will never do this again. Hand sewing tule is a nightmare. I already had the tule from another project, so it's not in the budget.
I went ahead and floated it in my main tank so that it can start getting some of that yummy bacteria.
Anyone have any insight into how long it'd take in an established tank to start building bacteria?