I like my Ebi a lot, and after about a month and a half, I have very few complaints. I have CRS, and they seem to be pretty happy. I've read that the filter isn't the best for a breeding colony (i.e., needs mods to not suck up shrimplets). At first I really disliked the background, then it grew on me...and now I'm considering removing at some point in the future (??!). In any case, I think the Ebi kit itself is pretty great, considering all the supplies that come in it. Oh, and the volume of stratum was enough for me to lightly plant my tank, but with not so much of a slope. Hope this helps!