NOTE- all pics are in this first post (scroll down) to make it easy to see the evolution! Videos at bottom of post. I now call it "My 125G Petrified Wood Freshwater Reef" for longevity and simplicity! Tank started 6/22/2010
Wanted to share my tank as Ive purchased the Anubias Petite and others here. Plus its a little different than most...
I should clarify all of this with-
I have always been consumed with creating a freshwater reef. Ive done salt water reefs for over 20 years but I no longer want that level of maintenance. I only have 2 tanks now- this a and a 60 gallon which is just a trash tank/hospital tank for this one. This tank is still my favorite of all time, reefs included!
Its inspiration was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom... then the large slab of petrified wood I bought made it feel more OG side scrolling platform games. Then once it started to develop it leaned towards Tomb raider and as the Anubias roots grow out- its really lookin legit!
Ive planned this tank for 15 years but never found a statue/bust that didn't look cheesy... Then my friend in Africa sent me the one you see here that I grew the Java Fern head dress on. That triggered the entire change (as this tank was a reef tank up until June. I had needed to change to freshwater for a while... the bust made it come together)
Then a few weeks of eBAY rock shopping and 800 dollars later... (though 1/3 of that was shipping!) Voila! I sold my reef tank for good money (just the contents) so I had more than enough to cover start up!
Note on equipment- the tank was bought used for only 60 bucks about 6+ years ago LOL... Then this past summer (2015) I decided to go big... Apex controller, Custom regulator and BML multi- channel LED... Ive kept aquariums for over 20 years and never spent much.. until now. Its made a brilliant hobby even more fun! If you don't know what an Apex controller is- check it out. My fish tank has internet access! It was stupid expensive though...
125 Gallon Clear for Life uniquarium
BML 60" MC Series Dutch 6300K LED fixture (front)
Home depot 2 x 54w T5HO - one roseate/one 6500K (rear)
Neptune Apex aquarium controller (most fun Ive ever had with a fish tank!)
Alan Le custom CO2 regulator
Tom Barr CO2 reactor
Mini Velvet Buce and others Im too lazy to list...
The UPDATED (4/20/17) current stock list-
20 Glowlight Danios (Danio Choprai/Choprae) -my new favorite fish!
2 Khuli loaches
26 Cardinal Tetras
? Amano Shrimp
1 Bumblebee gobies- living mostly off live cherry shrimp! Best color Ive ever seen...
a boatload of cherry shrimp
a few other species of shrimp I forget (tiger, the brown ones LOL, others I can't remember!)
a boatload of Malaysian trumpet snails
Note on stock list- notice thats not a large bioload for a tank of this size. I think current recommended levels are too high in general. Just a thought.
Day after reef switch
sand, anubs and Harlequin Rasboras (I later decided against them)
first batch of rocks, more plants
THE SLAB ARRIVES!!!!!
tier added, gully dug
the full 200lb lot of petrified rounds added (on top of the prior pics- yep 200 more lbs...) and end of rock additions, hill built
addition of Snow Bengal kitten and ADA 60F for him (hes sleeping on top cause I covered and hes annoyed!)...
BML 60" MC Series Dutch 6300K installed- dual T5HO front fixture removed (now LED front, T5HO rear)
The color is actually BETTER but the light is brighter and the pics are washed out from it...
1st baby crayfish Ive found!!!!
New TIME LAPSE video- from 10am to 1am (15 hours in 2 minutes!)