So I've gotten fed up with fighting with the limitations of my fluval edge. The small access hole, the poor light distribution etc... I've decided to tear it down. Say goodbye to the edge
I've decided to try a little bigger and easier to work in tank as a replacement that will however fit on the same stand. I picked up an Aquamaxx 10.8 cuboid rimless.
The plan is similar to the original one with the edge. Although I'm going to go more Dutch style than Iwagumi this time. At this point I'll be reusing the cobalt neotherm heater. I've ordered two Chihiros C series LED lights. Overkill powerwise but they are dimmable and I felt I needed two for proper coverage. Filtration I'm thinking of just using essentially the same as the edge(AC20 with prefilter sponge).
Substrate will be 1/4-1/2" MGOPS capped with 1-1.5" of Black diamond sand blasting grit.
Aquascape is a bit more up in the air. Thinking of trying to emulate submerged tree roots with driftwood branches going down from the surface maybe.
Instead of painting the back of the tank black like I usually do I'm thinking of covering it with that craft store plastic canvas and tying flame moss or mini pellia and getting it to carpet the back wall(great shrimp nursery).
dwarf bolbitis, anubias nana petite, maybe a smaller java fern variety, marsilea minutae, 'monte carlo', glosso, crypt parva, RRF
Livestock; RCS, Thai microcrab, a couple of the small nerite variety(1 each of two different species so less egg laying), 6 indostomus paradoxus. I was also leaning toward some sort of schooling microfish. The problem is finding one small enough to not be much of a threat to the RCS babies(I don't care if some get eaten I just want the population to be self sustaining) but not so small that the indostomus might consider them food. Originally I was thinking about a large school of danionella dracula but a possible supplier thought the indostomus would eat them. Soooo I'm kind of stuck as to what might work at this point.