Photo Caption:My custom 168 gallon. Tired of seeing boring backgrounds, I made my own out of real stone. Not satisifed with the store selection of wood, I got two 5 foot logs from one of my favorite trout streams. Now I'm satisfied.
Description: 168 gallon 72x32x18,
2-Hagen T5 high output 3' double fixtures,
2-3' actinic blue marine glo 39 watt bulbs,
2-3' 18,000k power glo 39 watt bulbs,
2-Aqua Clear 70 400gph powerheads,
Fluval FX5 600gph canister filter,
Won Pro-Heat heater controller,
Marineland 250watt Stealth heater.
After seeing many photographed cheesy backgrouds and finding nothing that satisfied my urge to be different, I made the background from over 130 peices of real slate each hand cut to 1/2" thick and siliconed to ABS plastic. I had to make the background in 3 seperate peices to get it in the tank. All 3 peices put together weigh about 150 Ibs. I sealed each individual peice of slate with a transparent acrylic sealer.
The wood is from a high Sierra mountain stream where I go trout fishing. The rock is mexican bowl rock.
The stand is custom oak with a polyurethane sealer.
Advice: Get the biggest tank you can buy. Don't clean your filter too much. Enjoy your fish - study about them and where they are from. If you can't afford good stuff - save your money until you can.