Haha well good luck to you! I've been non stop reading/researching for weeks (again) and still getting information overload.
Not sure yet on DSM or Flooded method. Trying to figure out what my hardscape will look to start planning out my plant stock and then I'll see if the DSM will benefit or not.
Also realized I do not have the 304B when I was loading up the media trays last night but I have the 302. A bit less gph than I would have liked but with the fish I'm planning on keeping liking slower moving waters I'm going to give it a shot and if I need more I'll just throw another 302 on it.
Also just saw a triple red apisto and am torn now between GBRs and Apistos...in the end it has no impact on the tank layout since its the same enviro.
Also been tearing myself up over how to move the water in this thing. Been looking at lily pipes, spray bars (horizontal and verticle) and duckbills. Thinking of a custom vertical spray bar in the left back facing towards the front 1/3rd with the return right next to it. Holes will be about 1-2" from the substrate and about midway up the tank with one angled hole to give slight ripple to the surface. It will either be this or a duckbill I think...I'm not a fan of how far the Violet Lily pipe sticks into the tank, clear or not. As for the intake I've been looking at one on amazon...lily pipe with a floating skimmer in once package.
Anyway...the real reason y'all are here...pictures.
The WIT painting the corner pieces for me. 2 will get tac nailed with some construction adhesive onto the sides of the front piece and 1 on the back corner of each side piece. This will hide the uneven corners and make it look more put together.
This is the back of the panels. the 1x2s fit snugly against the top and bottom rails to maintain mounting height and are wide enough to prevent side to side movement. I also put on some magnets to the top part to make sure its sucked against the metal stand and doesnt accidentally fall off. Foam board is to just cut down on any noise since this is in the living room.
And just the front panel mounted up to the stand to show color against the tank.
And here is the scape I'm sitting at right now. Going to let this sit and see how I like it over the next few days. PLEASE...if you have an advise or critiques please voice them. The manzanita was a lot less bushy than I expected...but he its from amazon and still a good looking piece. The rocks I tried to line up as if they had split in places or broke at fractures...well see if you guys see this too or not.
And for those curious on the Planted+ CC heres a few pics...and if I can manage to put up the video of it on Demo Mode of the stock 24/7 mode.
The mounts, a panel locks into this side and has 2 clear screws to clamp on a rimless tank.
The channel on either side of the light, seems you can slide the legs all the way to the center if needed.
This is the receiver for the light to work with the remote. Unfortunately this is on the right side of the light when the Finnex badge is facing towards you and the receiver/remote need line of sight to work well. So I had to spin the light around to put the receiver on the side facing the couch. Im just going to mount this on the wood side panel with some velcro.
And the video on Demo mode...lets see if this works. (edit...couldnt get it. here is the link to go see it)