Two days ago, it dawned on me that I still like this tank, and just because it sucks for high tech doesn't mean it wouldn't still be fun for low light low tech. One of the significant issues with this tank is aquascaping through a 6.75" x 4.5" hole. You can't really fit any large, branchy, dramatic wood. But since it's low light, low tech, and will be lightly planted, I really want a substantial hardscape to set off what plants there will be.
While thinking about this, it suddenly clicked! I can use the same technique I did on my fallen tree build
, except modify it to make it easy to install. I can only use one hand in the tank, so installing zip ties would be a nightmare. After a little abstract thinking, here is what I came up with. This will actually fit inside of an edge, and it's pre-zip-tied. All of the zip-ties go through holes drilled strategically in the manzanita wood so that their placement is relatively precise.
So here was the trick. The zip ties for the tall branches are loose right now, so I can lay them down flat. Then the thickness and width with he egg crate structure is just narrow and shallow enough to slip through the top hole of the Edge. Once it's in, the zip-ties are placed so that when I tighten them up the brances will stand up vertical again. I ran a dry run test and was easily able to assemble and tighten the structure with one hand. I think this should look pretty darn good in my Edge.
I figure I can put moss on the manzanita wood, and then start acquiring low light plants. I should have enough aquasoil left over from my other build to use that in here. That would give the plants all the nutrients they should need. That said, for this hardscape pool filter sand may look better, and then I could just use root tabs. Still undecided on that one.