Now that we have had some rain in Cape Town and there is water in my rainwater tank it felt OK to start my new aquarium. Tank Dimensions 65 cm x 45cm x 40cm Substrate PFS amended with some worm castings on the bottom and Florapol Filtration Hamburger Matten Filter with 300l per minute pump driving it. Lighting 48 W CFL grow light (Daylight). I bought this a while back for a hydroponics project I changed my mind about so interested to see how it does for an aquarium. Plants Nymphaea lotus Hairgrass Vallisneria (from the Kirstenbosch nursery) Lagarosiphon species unknown ( I think, got it from the Kirstenbosch nursery) Fertilisers Prof Dirk's Druppels Background A piece of cardboard while I decide if that is the right colour. This tank is a project tank to do some of the things I've always wanted to try. The tank inspiration is pictures like this as well as the black water tanks on the Tannin Aquatics website. The tank is put together so that it is easy to make changes. The filter is a removable unit made by Graham of Gapedi Tanks. The tiger lilies are planted in pots to keep them smaller and so that I can easily remove them. Three is probably too many for this tank. And here is the tank planted up one week in. The stone is just to keep the one piece of wood down. So far I'm very happy. There is more flow in the tank than expected and I like the dark tannin look. This will reduce gradually with water changes to a more reasonable level. The plan is to let things grow and settle for a while before adding fish. There are mosquito larvae in the tank so nature is already at work. It would be great to have some emergent vegetation for a riparian look. However, I may have to cover the tank as one of my cats walks along the rim in order to drink the water and he isn't above a spot of fishing. Livestock A vlei needs catfish. I'm hoping to find some microsynodontis considering the size of the tank. Then for the rest I'm thnking killifish but it depends on what is available. Maybe clown killies and a school of lampeyes or if I get them something like A. bivittatum. The main thing with the killies would be to stick to species that won't hybridize. There are so many wonderful African fish available on other continents we don't seem to get here. Sigh!