Thanks for the compliments. I decided to add the apex just to make things a lot more stable, especially the co2 since i can see the daily pH reports and make small tweeks to get it where i want it to be. But I also like the option of checking on my tank from anywhere, work, on the road, on vacation etc. I've had the apex now since last summer and I still find myself checking on the tank daily, several times throughout the day. I've also got a webcam setup. The other feature i really like is the alarm emails. Mine are setup for the heater/temp, which gives me piece of mind. I also got the autofeeder setup, which i like because i can feed the fish and watch them on the webcam if i'm away from home for an extended time, and i can ensure the fish are actually eating.
As far as the filters go, I got one on either end flowing towards the middle of the tank, and another in the middle/back shooting flow towards the front. I also switched to a large DIY co2 reactor, fed by an inline atomic diffuser before it. The BMLs are my second favorite thing next to the apex. The dutch spectrum really add a lot not just to the plants but in terms of the appearance of the fish. LEDs really make the fish colors pop.
Last edited by exv152; 02-09-2016 at 03:07 PM.