The tank is absolutely beautiful and it isn't even grown in yet...I'm impressed. http://i.imgur.com/JFga6.jpg
pops for me. I love it. Can never have too many pictures btw. Keep them coming! Also, what're the filter specs? Model/media/setup/etc.
I'm running a 2211 with the ada mini pipes, with the stock package of bio rings, and then 750ml of NA carbon, as advised by Frank for the first month. I have the flow restricted by about 1/4 turn on the intake quick disconnect right now, just to avoid blowing anything around (though even at full blast, that's not really a problem)
Man, that NA carbon though, it was just ridiculous. I haven't used carbon for a while, so I'm not sure if I had just blocked it from my memory, or if the NA carbon is just really bad, but washing that stuff out was horrifying.
The water ran solid jet black for almost a minute, and it took almost a dozen rinses to get to the point where the water wasn't visibly stained against my white utility sink. If you've ever dyed your hair with semi-perm color (weird analogy here, but stay with me), especially sfx, the instructions tell you to "rinse with cool water until water runs clear", which is LIES, The water never runs clear. I sat with my head under a faucet for 15 minutes last month with I dyed my hair purple, and it still looked like I was bleeding grape koolaid. That's what washing NA carbon felt like. It was endless.