thanks for the encouraging words, guys. Couldn't have done this tank without all the help on the board.
Buck, good eye!
Actually, I haven't set the timer up yet. Yes, the timer is plugged into the power strip, but the lights are presently just plugged into the main outlet. I'll be setting up the timer tonight. Probably 10 hours on time when I'm away at least.
Travis, yes, I'll have to be careful with acrylic. My old tank was acrylic, too, but any of the fine hairline scratches I may have made on the inside tank walls never showed up under water
When photographing the tank, it was funny how some of the pics came out. For example, the close up of the angels looking in from the front makes the front to back reach of the tank look only to be about 7", when it is actually 15"
After I get the tank establised and get my feet wet, I'll try some more demanding plants and really fill it in. I know the Wisteria is going to go hog wild under 96w (already pearling) and will keep the cycle under control. I've left some space in my canopy for the addition of maybe more light in the future (perhaps my left over AH Supply 36w kit or more), but I'll ride out the AH Supply 96w for now.
I like the Eheim Installation Kit 2 for outtake. You can aim the flow holes in any direction (vary direction along the horizontal) or use the tubes vertical as well at the same time, like in this setup.
As a helpful idea to other newbies, I also added some sticky cushion pads on the bottom edges of my canopy (See pic) to prevent scraping top of tank. And, along the bottom of the cabinet, I put down a layer of plastic and (over that) a layer of grip material -- to stop any splashes/leaks from contacting the wood floor of the stand and causing damage. I need to add some velcro probably to secure the CO2 tank to wall.
The only things that had me wondering were:
1) The green "grounded" light on my surge protector isn't lit up. I'm wondering if it has something to do with it being plugged into the yellow GFCI protector.
2) When I tightened the nut on the regulator, once pretty tight, the whole regulator kind of turned with the nut, therefore the tilted angle of the regulator. Not sure if that matters.