Looking good so far!
I learned a long time ago when I first started building canopies to leave the back of them mostly open! The first canopy I built was completely enclosed, and it would get VERY HOT and it only had normal output Fluorescents in it! Did the whole fan thing, and they work ok, but back( 1992) then they were expensive and LOUD! So with trial and error I started using a small piece to run along the top of the back to attach the lid to it , and it helped A LOT in keeping everything cool! The only down side is there is some lite that escapes the back of the canopy, but Ya get used to it pretty quick!
You did a AWESOME JOB in the layout with the Ricca lawn! I have always loved the look, but it only last for a small amount of time from what I read! TO BAD, as it is a very beautiful look!
You will love the Rainbow Fish too! My first planted tank was setup with many different types of Rainbows, and was FREAKIN' AWESOME, but I got a wild hair one day and traded them to my Buddy who owned a Fish Shop, and I have kicked myself in the arse for it even since! They have AWESOME COLOR, VERY PEACEFUL, always on the move, and won't outgrow normal medium size tanks(55g and up)! I have 5 Angels in my 55g (48" long) planted setup now, and they are beautiful, but they are always picking on each other! Not as bad as African Cichlids, but for their size ( body's are silver dollar size) they are getting quite aggressive toward each other! So Stick with the Rainbows and your tank will be PEACEFUL!
GREAT work on the Journal! and Keep up the Pics and letting us know how it is going!
P.S. A Jig Saw is a GREAT saw to have around the house! They are not too expensive either, around $25 at WallyWorld for a OK one! Just get Ya some scrap wood and practice cutting with it, as they can be a pia to keep going straight down a line at first, but i doesn't take long to figure them out! Just get the correct blade for the type of wood you are using and get to cutting!
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