Question is what haven't you tried and what would you like to try? Make the aquascape more challenging or something you haven't done before so it's less like a clone of another tank
I did something new! made a "river" of sand.. the challenge was to get the sand part to stay separate from the Aquasoil.. I used acrylic, melted it into the right shaped "edges" and super glued some aqua soil onto it so you can't see the plastic and so it blends with the Aquasoil bed. It worked great!
Also, shrimps can do fine with fish too (as long as they're not aggressive obviously) so maybe also try for some fish you haven't tried before to keep things fresh
Keep us updated of course!
I'm not planning on keeping shrimp in this tank, although I'll likely end up with all of my CRS culls from the other tank in there! haha.. I'm thinking about having a pair of Blue Rams in there.. 8.5 Gallons should be enough.
Just curious, how's the Fluval 306 flow on the tank? I assume you're using a lily pipe and inline heater - does that reduce the flow enough for a tank this size? I'm actually about to get a canister filter for my 10.5 gallon tank and I want to make sure the flow doesn't blow my water out the tank! =)
Omg.. this is the best filter I have ever tried.. it's incredibly quiet.. I can't even hear it's on. It's SO much more powerful than the Eheim 2215 I had on there, but it's adjustable. I can set the flow to exactly where I want it. I have it on full right now, and it's a bit of a whirlpool in there. I'm hoping the extra current will help to deal with some of the algae I have growing in there. I know there are other things (light/co2/fertz) that are very important to reduce algae, but I reckon good flow will help too. I don't use a heater (Hawaii) and at this time I just have the stock flow pipes installed, but I'll be putting lily pipes on soon. The stock pipes have a lot of flow, but as long as the outflow is pointed in the right direction, it works fine.
It will work fine on your 10 gallon. I would't worry about having too much flow.. like you said, adding inline things will reduce flow, and with the adjustment lever that's built into this filter, you're going to be fine.