I had no choice but to build the stand because I needed it to be only 16" tall so the tank could fit under the overhang, and still give me enough space to reach into the tank. It wasn't that hard to build, but I did use a compound miter saw and a table saw for the doors.
I do have a few questions..
1.) how long should I leave the lights on given the plants I am getting? I will be runnng 2.33w/g. I have been reading that people are running anywhere between 7 and 10 hrs/day. I'm sure there's some kind of formula based on the type of plants and w/gal.
2.) Should I keep the carbon insert in my cansiter filter? I heard that it's OK to keep it in there to help clear out the water, but then pull it in a couple weeks before stocking the fish. I will be running DIY CO2, will the carbon filter the CO2 out?
3.) I was planning on running a powerhead w/venturi aeration at night on a timer, without disconnecting the DIY CO2. Is that even necessary?
4.) What do you guys think of the substrate? I was trying to make it look as natural as possible.
The plants are scheduled to arrive Thursday (I'm so excited!!)
I will play around with the driftwood arangement 'till then, but the wood is oddly shaped, and this may be the only way to stand it up.... unless I lay it flat. I will also work on getting larger stones.