Hey dudes and dudettes My tank is only at setting up stage at the moment so bare with us on this one. It's gunna be a long winded thread. But I thought I'd start from the start so I can get tips and advice from you guys as I go along. I dont want to rush this one as I rushed my last one years ago and discus were unhappy. The picture is the tank as soon as I got it home. 1200x550x750 holding 400l of water. And it's bloody heavy. Since I got it home I have removed the backing and taken out all the gravel and cleaned the whole thing out as well as the external filter. Which is a Rena. So......my plans.......originally wanted to pain the back black, but got informed on another thread that that could possibly lead to peppering. So I was going to paint it light blue. Then I started looking at members pictures of their tanks and noticed so many of you guys have black background and your fish are stunning with no peppering. So now I don't know. Really wanna go with black though cause I think it makes the plants stand out really nice. I have got JBL substrate to put in and then if I need to top up the height a bit, I will stick Argos play sand on top. Then finish it off with a load of Bogwood, plants and rocks. And of course.. ........fish. More pictures as I go along. Next one should hopefully be later on today.