Hi ya’ll, bubblegum-heart here, aka Marie, here with my first community tank build! Woot! I am so excited, I cannot wait to get this thing “officially” started – since right now I only have a few things. But, for the most part, I have everything else picked/planned out. So, without further ado, let’s get started! (Also, because I'm one of the few people that doesn't use the app, I have links for everything!) TANK 40 gallon breeder STOCK 3 Pearl Gouramis (1:2 male to female ratio) | 14 Penguin Tetras | 1 BN Pleco | ? </= 8 Nerite Snails -- I already have a thread dedicated to stocking for this tank, you can find it here, or you can chime in below! FOOD Omega One Shrimp Pellets, Freshwater Flakes, Veggie Rounds, and either Blood worms or Brine Shrimp (both will be freeze dried) | Zucchini | Other veggies...? (Recommendations welcome!) FOOD ACCESSORIES Veggie Clip | Bamboo Skewers FILTER Sponge Filter | Air Pump + accessories (I'll be using cylinder air stones, which I already have) Air Driven Bio Corner Sponge Filter - with Seachem Denitrate LIGHTING NICREW LED Aquarium Light Beamswork LED Light HOOD Zilla Fresh Air Screen Cover -- I went with this because it’s cheaper than getting a glass hood, and I think the Pearl Gouramis would benefit more from this than a glass hood (because of their labyrinth organs) SUBSTRATE Sand -- we'll be making a Lowe's run later this week to get some black sand; it'll probably be blasting sand, unless they have pool filter sand CONDITIONERS/FERTILIZERS Seachem Prime, Stability, Paragurad, Flourish Root Tabs, and Flourish Excel | NilocG Aquatics Thrive | gH Booster* | Methylene Blue (just to be safe) HIKARI Betta Revive HEATER Aqueon Pro Heater 150W PLANTS Hairgrass | Micro Swords | Amazon Swords | Water Sprite | Banana Plant (?) | Dwarf Onion Plant | Java Fern | Java Moss | Moss balls | Anubias (?) OTHER DÉCOR Spiderwood | Driftwood | Some rocks of various sizes | This cave for the pleco | Maybe this for smaller fish | Maybe this | Actually, this cave So, that's the list of things I'll be getting for this build. While I was typing this my mom, whom I'm working on the tank with, ordered the filter, air pump, heater, bubble wall, and python. Later this week we'll be going out to Lowe's to get the sand for the substrate. My hope is that I can have the cycling process started by next week! I already have Prime, Stability, Dr. Tim's Ammonia Chloride, a thermometer, and the API Freshwater Master Test Kit. The water out of my tap has a pH of at least 8.8, 0.25 ppm Ammonia, no nitrites, and my Nitrates sits somewhere between 20 and 40 ppm. So, we'll also be getting some RO/DI water too. Lastly, here's a pic of the tank on it's stand. The table is VERY sturdy, I have minimal worries about it not being able to hold the weight. I'm still working on the design plan in GIMP, so whenever I get that finished I'll share it with you all! 40B Tank 01 - Nothing in it by bubblegum-heart posted Apr 10, 2017 at 5:02 PM (the tank is no longer on this) *The nitrates coming out of my tap water are EXTREMELY high. One of the ways I’ll be combating this is using partial RO/DI water, and, according to the NilocG website, I’d need the gH booster.