Update 6/14 Current FTS
Here is my new Ebi on 5/20/11...
I saw the Ebi at a lfs and had to have one. I am currently moving all my RCS over from their 10g home. Well, thought I had them all moved until I saw a couple more in there again. Everytime I see a couple more to move, I end up finding 10 more. Not sure how long it will take to find and move all of them.
The driftwood and plants are from my 55g. The driftwood has Anubias attached to it. The other plants are Java Fern and Crypts and a couple stem plants in the back. I kept the background intact. I saw that lots of people remove the background and some even had it pop off after a while. Fluval must have finally tried to remedy the problem of the background popping off by doubling the amount of silicone they glue it on with. Mine came in glued with 10 big spots of silicone instead of the 5 I'd read about. I decided to leave it and the RCS seem to love it. There are a bunch of shrimp crawling around on the background at all times.
Right now the tank is set up with all the included parts. No way there was enough of the Shrimp Stratum substrate included for proper planting depth though. Is it ok to add more Stratum when there is already water, plants and shrimp in the tank? Could it be gently added with a cup maybe?
I also have the Ebi stock filter in the tank, covered with a black stocking to protect the little ones. I packed it with a bag of BioMax from my 55g's Fluval 305 filter. The filter seems to be working fine, but I have a ZooMed 501 canister, still brand new and not being used for anything. I was thinking about putting the 501 on the Ebi instead of the stock filter. Anyone know how the Ebi filter compares to a 501? Should I switch to the 501 or keep the stock filter? I'd love some opinions.
Here is a picture of a few of my Ebi-inhabitants: