I promised myself last year I'd get a bigger tank for myself for christmas. Typically things got in the way so I had to put it off a little bit. I originally wanted a 4x2x2 but the tank wouldn't fit where I wanted it to, and I wasn't confident having one upstairs, a bit too much weight for my liking. So browsing gumtree I had a few criteria. It needed to be 3 foot, had to have a closed in cabinet, and at least 18" deep. This one popped up in the next suburb over and after going for a look, took it home. I was pleasantly surprised to see it was G.J Maher tank and stand. The stand was originally a stained timber cabinet, that the previous owner had somewhat butchered with a half done black paint job. It was just matt black spray paint, horrible stuff. I started trying to sand it back but the paint just stuck to all sandpaper. I had to paint strip the black off first and then sand the varnish down. Was a hell of a lot of effort to do so, only want to ever do that once lol. The girlfriend and I decided to paint it white with black hardware. The room it's in is our study and it's all white furniture. Today I got the last of the gloss white paint on it, and moved it inside. And painted the back of the tank and moved it inside also. Got it filled today and under test. At the moment I'm using the filter it came with which is some eBay jobbie, but I'm really not liking, I will likely get a Fluval for it. I've got fluval on the other tank and I love them. Over the next few afternoons I'll finish off the doors and hood and set that up. I've ordered some new lids for the tank through G.James glass at narangba, and they should also be ready this week sometime. I've got some wood I had been collecting floating in the tank at the moment, two mini stump looking pieces and nice Y branch. The substrate is just the supplied white sand, which the seller tells me is Stradbroke Island sand. Not sure how true that is as I couldn't find any more, but it looks real nice. I'd love to get just a bit more to top it up but I won't be devastated if I can't. Anyway, enough of my poorly constructed sentences, here's some photos
As I bought it (tank backwards on stand mind you)
This was after scraping the old white wall paint off the back of the tank. Just used a regular flat razor for this.
This was after one application of paint stripper on that end, so you can imagine how many times I had to do that..
Remember, always rinse your substrate, whether it's new from a store or bought from someone. You never know.
Next to the computer, to make sure I always do my work while there...
I just used some Dulux black enamel for the back of the tank. I did it on my last tank and was happy with the coverage and depth so did it again. This was just after the last coat, and from the other side there was no sun coming through, even though it was in direct sun.
So that's the new project tank. I already have fish for it on the way, which will go in the other tank while this one gets ready. I'm super excited for the new acquisition, it's a type of fish I haven't kept in nearly 7-8 years. And there will also be another fish in here that I've never kept before, somewhat seen, or at least was, as the holy grail of freshwater fish keeping. That's all I will share for now, you'll just need to keep watch to see what happens