When the wife (who has always liked my tanks but has never before expressed interest in her own) mentioned that she would like an aquarium in her music classroom, I was immediately on the case. There isn't much that's more fun than setting up a new one!
House of Tropicals had Deep Blue Professional 12" rimless cubes for what I took to be a decent price. Naturally, I got two!
The lights that I ordered from Amazon are interesting and inexpensive.
I'm hoping that they'll be on the high side of low light, but with 6 W worth of LED bulbs they might throw somewhat more PAR than that. That's why they make glutaraldehyde, right?
I ordered ADA Amazonia for the first time. Expensive stuff, but 12" isn't a whole lot of real estate to plant.
Both will have a corner HMF powered by an 80GPH pump. The pump will return water to the tank through a RFUG, much like my paludarium. That particular tank has never had ANY algae (aside from sporadic BGA when nitrogen gets too low), so hopefully the idea will work for the cubes as well.
I'm thinking of setting up one as an island-style nature aquarium and the other as either a iwagumi or mini-riparium, depending on how the lights work out.
(Back to school tomorrow led to a lack of empty horizontal surfaces in the house. In case you're wondering, this is set up on the kids' dinner table solely for the purpose of taking a pic.)
We'll see how they progress. Any thoughts are appreciated!