The concept is low tech and low maintenance with a side order of shrimp. With the shrimp I did not want to fertilize heavily and I wanted to avoid CO2 for the best environ-home for them. I already had some Tibee mischlings and some RCS and wanted to upgrade them from their plain old ugly10 gallon.
After drooling about the 12 gallon long rimless tanks from Mr Aqua for months and months, I finally convinced my wife to get me one for my birthday. Marine Depot helped me out with the tank, Ehiem Ecco Pro 130 and Lifeguard 36" LED. (5 watts for the filter and 7 for the lights - very power bill friendly!)
The first tank arrived with an outer box in great shape, but inside was a sad surprise.
The team at Marine Depot helped me out right away with a re-ship. The second box looked like it went through a battlefield. I almost refused delivery...
But inside was a pristine and intact tank!
After 2 weeks of searching for just he right stand for this beauty, I finally tracked down this hall table from Pier One that was exactly 36" long, tube steel for strength, and 11" wide, leaving about 2"of micro-shelf in front that turns out to be very handy when doing maintenance. Those shelves underneath are great for supplies and water change storage.
Here is the initial fit next to my workstation, along with some padding to protect the bottom from cracking due to uneven pressures.
1" of Control Soil as substrate and then a quick fill using the Ehiem and the top off of a plastic container for a non-messy initial fill without blowing the substrate all crazy.
Filling the tank up like this inspired me to add some plumbing for a dry-hands water change system.