Flooded it! Not a fan of the green Eheim tubing but it'll do for now.
Full tank shot:
Have the light fixture about 15 inches from the substrate in the front, 12 inches from the highest points in the back (where less light hits).
Turns out the 2232 and my DIY spray bar are creating plenty of flow:
Guess I won't need to use a powerhead after all. Guess I'll know more once the filter has been running for a week or two. Already have a few powerheads just in case.
Here's the ugly orange cap I found at U.S. Plastics to close off the end of the Lee's Rigid Tubing I used:
Doesn't look too distracting but I may find another solution down the road.
Using the Eheim intake with a sponge at the moment but may switch to a spare stainless steel pre-filter I got from Liam once I create a new intake pipe:
E. parkeri is starting to look better:
Marsilea minuta springing to life:
Temperature is holding steady at about 70F so I probably won't need to use the in-line ETH heater I bought until next winter. Not even going to take it out of the box.
Ordered two silent fans to build a couple DIY cooling devices that will arrive next week. Don't anticipate needing them, as I always keep it about 65-70 in my condo year round. Would rather be safe than sorry.
Bacopa australis seems to be bushing up quite nicely so I'm beginning to believe a background won't be necessary.
KH is 0-1, GH 5-6, TDS is at about 150 but I'm positive that will change as the tank matures and I get things into a better balance. Plus this is just day 1.
Really happy with the tank so far. So happy, in fact, that I've decided that I'd be okay with it just filled with moss if there's ever a plant disaster.
Can't wait to see how this plays out.
Here's hoping someone has some nice SS CBS to house with my PFRs when I'm ready to stock this thing.
Will my Otos be moving to this tank? Amano shrimp? Maybe. Maybe not. Haven't yet decided.
Thanks for reading!