Hey guys, I have finally begun to setup my very first aquarium and its going to be a planted one . Its been a lengthy process to get here but it all started when my fiance and I were given a gold fish as a pet, back then I always thought goldfish+bowl+water = happy fish, little did I know how wrong I was. over time I became very interested in watching the little guy swim about and I also got a small filter to keep the water clean. As time went on, I bought some slate for the small tank and also got him a tank mate (shubunkin), at this stage I wasn't educated about fish and required tanks sizes and stuff, but my interest in fish grew and grew, so I bought my first edition of PFK (Issue 10/October 2006), the 32 page pull-out beginners guide sold it for me and thats when the interest grew into an obsession. Many issues later, after all the research into the hobby I purchased a Juwel Rio 180, I then put it in my room and my mum went APE!! So I was forced to return it. I could have bought a smaller one but everything I had ever read about the hob told me to buy the biggest I could afford, lol. Anyway I couldn't have fish unless they were in the shed, which I didn't want, so I carried on reading many issues of PFK, forums and other various sites. I then thought I will just scour ebay and other site to gather my equipment for the day I set up my tank, I found a Juwel Rio 125, never used in walnut for Â£70, local seller too. I bought the stand from LFS for Â£60, overall saved me Â£100. Now me and my fiance have moved into our flat and have settled in, unfortunately furniture and TV was priority over tank setup but like I said at the start, finally. Anyway thats my story, now to the Journal! Equipment: Juwel Rio 125 (Walnut) Tetratec EX1200 Hydor ETH Heater 300W Presurized co2 - 500g bottle Original Juwel lighting - 18w Hagen Glomat twin starter - 18w 4 Juwel Reflectors 2 x Juwel bulbs (came with tank) 1 x Arcadia original bulb 1 x Zoo Med Ultra Sun Glass drop checker ADA Aquasoil amazonia - 2 x 9l bags & 1 x 3l Rocks - My mums other half sourced them for me... Plants so far: HC Glosso Dwarf Hairgrass Dosing dry ferts "EI" Any way here is the pics, step by step'ish All or most the equipment Rocks! Supplied by my mums partner... In with the ADA AS... Toying around with the hard scape and finally got to this... Next day I went to MA @ St.albans (awesome shop!!!) and bought HC, Glosso and Harigrass. Removed rockwool and separated the plantlets... Planting was very time consuming, but it was very easy with the ADA AS... Any way starting to fill the tank, Being a newbie, I just the the hose loose witch messed my hardscape and plants... very annoying, any way I sorted it all... I now use LondonDragon's Water Changer, found on Hardware and Diy forum, makes life much easier. Finished Result - 25/07/08... It was alot of work and It took a long time to get to this stage but it was worth it. 2 weeks on and this is what the tank looks like now... I just added 14 RCS's and my face was glued to my tank lol... any way guys that's the progress so far, I will keep posting pictures and hopefully my picture taking ability will improve, my cam is an Olympus mini digital 4.0 Megapixel, if anyone know what settings are the best for taking pics of my tank please let me know. Any criticism is welcomed. Vito.