It's not brighter than the Finnex. This is a 4-watt fixture, the Finnex is 6 (I realize there's more to it than that - but for all practical purposes). It may have a better spread, though.
Still have to cut the stump in half (which will result in two useful pieces). Decided to use Christmas Moss, Java Moss, a bit of Fissidens, C. parva, a spare Anubias nana 'petite' from another tank, a small amount of Hydrocotyle tripartita and maybe some other variety of red/brown/cool Crypt.
Okay. I strongly dislike the aesthetics of the fixture. Brushed aluminum would be so much more sleek. Guess anything is better than spending a billion dollars trying to suspend something above the tank, though.
Finally finished cutting the wood down to size. Here's what I've settled on:
The stump itself will be moved forward about an inch so there's a bit of planting room behind it.
One of the leftover pieces:
May end up cutting the base on the one above down a bit so it can be used in another 3gal long.
Looks like I've got a lot of DIYing ahead of me in trying to figure out how to place the Zoomed 501 behind the tank - where there's really no room to place anything. Since I don't want to spend the cash on another Eheim 2211, that is. Because that's $100 that could be spent on livestock and plants.
The retailer I bought the filter hanger from finally (a week later) told me they're no longer carrying it and are refunding me. I could order another one directly from Zoomed but now I'm not sure I like the idea of something weighing 2-3 pounds hanging from the side of an expensive, rimless ADA tank.
Gonna have to fashion some sort of "table" behind the rack in the four inches between it and the wall. Have a bunch of 1x1s I could use as "legs" for the "table. Could zip tie them to the rack in a couple places for stability.