i finally completed my new fish tank! it took me a while because i had to acclimate the water levels for a week, then find some materials for the center piece and let that acclimate in the tank for another week, then finally bought some fish to put in last week! (i even took a mini trip to Las Vegas in between waiting time! haha, but i'll post about that later.)
it was a long process, but totally worth it! i decided to make a bonsai tree in the middle with some drift wood and moss. (you can see how i attached the moss with some string, but it will overgrow quickly and cover the string.) just like a real bonsai tree, i also have to regularly trip and prune the growth of the moss to keep it looking nice and also to support further growth.
for those interesting, the tank model is called a Fluval Chi. many online websites sell it and ship! i just love the modern look of it, with it's simple and cube-like shape. there's also a mini fountain on top for added ambiance :-)