Hey, thanks for the update. The second desk lamp you posted does look better, but I'm not exactly sure where to find it. I guess I could try OSH or Ace Hardware. I agree that it looks a little better than the Home depot light, but if it's $10-15 more, it's not worth it to me really...
As for the filter, I like this one: http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...anofilterclear
but I wonder if it would be enough for a 5g tank? It says up to 3g...I'm not totally sold on getting 5g tanks, I may get 2.5g's.
The Eheim I have would work for one of them. It is rated for up to 40g I believe, but it's not even enough flow for my 25g tall, in my opinion.
I have a 5g bucket about 1/3 full of aquasoil leftover from rescaping my 90g.
I also have a thin layer of aquasoil in the 25g, which will (at least temporarily) come down. I'll need to rinse it real good and dry it out again, to kill all the snails and planaria that are taking residence.
I'll probably buy some 2x4's and plywood and build a stand and then sand & stain it. Total water weight would only be ~80 lbs if they're two 5g tanks, so nothing to really worry over.
No heaters will be used as the ambient temp in the house has been in the low/mid 70s, which is ideal for the shrimp. When summer rolls around, that will be different, but nothing that a heater could help...
I'll pick up some rocks at a LFS or maybe at aquaforest if I make it out that far. I may even look around my area (outside) and see if I can find anything that will work.