Thanks Meganne! I never would have thought of something like that. Have to turn my brain to thinking outside the tank.
Planning to finally get in to our LFS today and check things out, peruse the driftwood and get some substrate going. (no more contagious flu cooties!)
It's funny that I started my planted tanks with a 29H and actually like seeing some substrate on the bottom. It was definitely a challenge but I like the slow growth and less maintenance of a low tech tank.