Thank you all, I really appreciate the positive feedback. I couldn't have even come close to getting where I am without the 12G Rimless Club forum. I spent months reading every post and every journal until I took the plunge. The stones are all petrified wood that I picked up over a few months of scoping out the market action online. It priced out under $ 2 per lb. Patience and observation paid off. Wait until you see the stone underwater - the detail and texture really comes to life when submerged.
Heading to the LFS then coming back to mist, trim, photograph and post.
Getting antsy to flood the tank, however the CO2 tank needs to be tested, filled and the regulator needs to be assembled. Then I need to complete the Cerges Reactor, which is still in need of a few parts.
I am waiting on a few more bits and pieces to arrive so I can complete my CO2 system and test it along with the Cerges reactor. If all checks out I will flood the tank next week.
I had a slight die off as I think I let the substrate's water level drop too low. Also I had some noticeable valleys between the clumps of HC so I filled it in with some Aqua Soil that I picked up. It seems to be coming around nicely.
I am running a 2213 (80/20 carbon/bio-rings) to a Cerges reactor that returns through the spray bar in the back center. Then I have a 2211 (80/20) that runs with a standard return (no spray bar, etc.). I like the flow and it doesn't seem to overpower the tank.
Eventually I will fab up an acrylic spray bar or two and swap out all of the Eheim green. I'll probably pick up some generic glass intakes or do a modification using stainless mesh.