Well, this tank has ben up and running for over a year now, and it was time for an upgrade.
I recently ordered a glass drill bit for a new tank I am setting up, and after I successfully drilled that tank, I thought "Why not drill the exo terra and setup a canister filter on it!"
So, I ordered two more 1/2" bulkheads from the LFS, a new Eheim 2211 canister, and some 3/8" to 1/2" adapters from a computer site (xoxide.com, they are used for PC watercooling).
I cleaned out the whole tank, reserving the substrate, water, plants, etc to be put back in later. Rinsed down the glass and dried it off, and then drilled and installed the bulkheads. I put the intake under the water level close to the substrate, since the water volume is so low I dont want it to run dry, and the return got installed up higher but is then attached to the tanks existing 1/2" PVC plumbing that's embedded in the foam background.
I am just waiting the recommended 2 hours for the PVC cement to fully cure before I fill her up and test everything. The benefit to this whole setup now is the Eheim 2211 has much more filter media then the little submersible filter I had in there that would get clogged every week. Having the filter outside the tank benefits me in another way, so I can clean the filter as often as needed without having to worry about the day gecko running out and me having to chase her all around the living room, which is not fun, lol. Also that filter took up a decent amount of already limited water space. So now there's a little more room for fish in this setup.
I am thinking about rescaping the water area. I have some anubias and java fern in there but I was thinking about maybe doing something for ground cover. I like HC but not sure how well it will do in this environment. Any recommendations will be appreciated.