When I was setting up the aquarium I took a bunch of photos as I went along. I have compiled these into a time lapse movie.
Couple of things to note:
The wires on the bottom at the start are a Red Sea Root therm system.
The bottom layer of substrate is laserite from Boronia Aquarium, then pool filter sand is the top layer.
When I started filling the tank I used an ice cream bucket but even this disturbed the sand and dug up the laterite. I then used a dinner plate and that didn’t cause any problems.
At the end the tank ‘fills itself’ without the hose being visible, I have a hose fitting on the filter system to make it easy to fill the tank.
Tank Setup Time lapse movie (980k Quicktime Movie)