Background of tank:
Purchased the tank second hand a year or two ago and was always a bit dissatisfied about the scratches on the front (there was literally hundreds) decided i would take a peek behind the silicon background a few weeks ago and low and behold it was spotless apart from a few calcium stains. I thought stuff this i'm doing a rescape and pulling this background off.
i had found a youtube video about 4 months back from CADE (below) and thought holy cow that would be awesome to do my own version. Even though im just a total amateur and have no aquascaping skills whatsoever but wanted to give it a shot and thought it would be the perfect time to do it.
This kinda explains why i named it Aladdin's Cave. The rocks are Blue Pitching Stone from Centenary Landscaping Supplies in brisbane. Cost $6 yeah $6 for 100kgs
the Blue stone and the Cave coming together just reminded me of Aladdin and the cave with the lamp.
I love Rainbowfish and didnt want to give them up after the rescape so i decided to keep them and see how they go in the new scape.
4 x SAE's for algae
4 x ottos for algae
random number of NQ Algae shrimp
Keg King co2 and upaqua diffuser
2 x strips white MakeMyLed lights
Fertilizer: Easy-Life Profita - https://www.aquariumproducts.com.au/catalogue_products.php?prodID=6279&catID=65
Started Sunday morning at 5am, finished and added all fish by 7pm Sunday night. Water parameters were the same as well as temps and canister had been running in a bucket of tank water for 2 hours.
Sorry for the crap photos - iphone 5's are crap
Pieces iron sand was causing all sorts of BGA issues and needed it gone and just never liked the scape of it.
background finally gone, thank god
Frosted background applied (was a bit of a hassle and not 100%) but looks great anyway
Tank flipped around (frost now at the back)
Lights Camera Action (lights are my previous Makemyled lights, only using 2 tubes and its very bright) tank looks in poor condition at that point as well)
the scape really begins..............
Red Scoria from Centenary Landscaping supplies ($20) to build the mountains up without spending a fortune on expensive substrate
more building up and more rocks added
topped with 2cm worth of 3 x bags of Caribsea Floramax Volcano Red - thanks to Age of Aquariums
bunnings play sand added $7
the filling up begins
more filling up
filled up and fish in.....
Added more plants. More Monte Carlo from Age of Aquariums (again, so close to work and always easy to talk to) and some crypts from the old tank as well as some java fern
tank still hasnt cleared yet so sorry about the pictures
Crypts have been put in between the bottom rocks to keep a hold of the floramax substrate to stop the SAE's moving it onto the sand
The plan is to carpet the floramax with Dwarf hair grass and Monte carlo and the crypts in between to give some brownish colour
MORE UPDATES TO COME WHEN WATER IS CLEAR
Shit, i really should claim my 10% off in store at Age of Aquariums, i always forget to