So, my plan was to complete my rebuild of the 53 gallon. Possibly share the various steps to completion.
Yeah......didn't quite work out that way
Started fine. Delivery of all the goodies arrived at lunchtime yesterday....I like deliveries, but am impatient whilst waiting for them to actually arrive.
Anyway, everything arrived...unpacked it all.
First hiccup.....the filters.
Normally I would use AquaEl Turbo's. This time I decided on a larger version of what Fred has in his aquarium...the Interpet CF3 x 2. Good plan.
Except they refused to fit how I actually wanted them to....not on the carriers but hooked onto the side glass.
Not to worry.....goes into the shed, finds tin snips (they were all I had) and started doing surgery on the aquarium's hood.
YES!! We have fitting filters.
Put the sand in....started to arrange the decor (artificial as per normal cos I kill plants).
In the middle of this, the front door is knocked. Go answer it and there are two nurses.
"We have come to give you your annual flu jab and the COVID booster"
Nurse armed with two large needles...human dartboard impersonation done and off they went to their next victim.
Back to the aquarium.
"hmmmmmm....shall I or shall I not fill it today.....I could do it tomorrow....nah...lets get it done now"
I use bottled water in my aquariums since the tap water is lousy.
Two hours and lots of bottles later, we have a full aquarium....foggy but full.
Turned the heater and filters on, had my tea, put Fred to bed in his aquarium and went to bed with two very throbbing arms and a sore back.
2am this morning and I am lying awake listening to the filters vibrating in the lounge. Got up, grabbed their carriers, plonked them on the carriers and all is peaceful.
Still a bit misty....two throbbing arms and a badly butchered hood that now needs to be replaced....
But we are DONE!!
(Til Thursday when a new hood arrives)