So a couple weeks ago, my mom asked me if there was anything in particular I wanted for Christmas. I'd been mulling over a little nano tank for the dining area in my apartment, and really love the dimensions on the ebi, so that's what I asked for. A few days later, a huge box shows up at my front door, and lo and behold, I'm the owner of a shiny new fluval ebi. First order of business was popping off the back panel. The glue dots were a bit disconcerting, but thankfully, all of the residue scraped off pretty easily. Been wanting to do a really branchy scape since seeing that 33 rimless on Kris Weinhold's blog, and figured the height and dimensions on the ebi would be the perfect opportunity. The wood is sandblasted manzanita, with black lava rock making up the base. Again, sorry for the link to an offsite gallery, but I'm way too lazy to resize photos, lol.
Heavily leaning towards the layout pictured in the last photo, but as of now, there's still some time to change things around, so any input will be greatly appreciated. I don't really mess around with pressurized co2 or fert dosing regimens, so definitely going with low tech friendly plants and mosses.
trident java fern
Anubias nana 'petite'
Anubias nana 'narrow'
mini christmas moss
Crystal black shrimp
Painted fire red cherries
Gonna be upgrading to the archea 27w fixture, but I'm a bit worried that it may be too much light for the setup. Hopefully the telescoping legs will be useful in controlling the intensity somewhat. I absolutely hate the stock filter. It seems very flimsily made, and at least on mine, the slightest pressure will dislodge the media chamber from the top half. Additionally, the way the cord comes out really kind of forces you into some limited placing options within the tank. Otherwise though, the glass itself looks really slick, and I am definitely very pleased with this thing overall.