thanks everybody! i really appreciate all your comments.
hey storm, did you have co2 when you went emmersed? my concern is that because i won't have pressured co2, and only have DIY co2.. it won't be enough.
I will have Co2 once I flood it, but right now I'm only 1 month or so into a 3 month dry start. HC really needs Co2, I've heard. In a small tank like this you can probably get away with DIY though. You don't need a fast bubble rate.