So it's only been what, 5 or 6 months since I updated? Well not much happened in the meantime. Basically that wood was a nightmare. Took months to stop floating and even then I couldn't get it to stay put. I switched out the plastic "anchors" for some slate and it still wanted to tip because it was so top heavy. It was really soft too, I don't think it would have stood up well longterm.
In the meantime the tank was just full of HUNDREDS of shrimp and about 5 pounds of moss and riccia. I finally cleaned it out on the weekend to work on it again. I had bought Up Aqua shrimp sand to go in it thinking I would try my hand at some CBS since I was successful with neos. Then my husband suggested I finally get my co2 setup that I've longed for since I started with planted tanks. I think he just felt guilty because he set up a reef tank in our second 12L which was some definite $$$.
So now this tank has a split personality. Intended as a shrimp tank, with shrimp sand and all, but now going high tech. I guess it will be a nice little experiment for me. If I stick with neos I wouldn't necessarily mind a slower breeding rate. My blue velvet population is a bit overwhelming.
Went on a bit of a spending spree this week. Have a 36" FugeRay coming to replace the 30" that's currently hanging over the tank. The 36" will sit right on it. Ordered some plants on the SnS. GLA setup is ordered including a really cool drop checker that hangs on the rim of the tank. Paintball tank coming from Amazon tomorrow. Next update should be the new equipment set up on the tank. Current photo with new hardscape is in the first post.