Today I came into 4 great plexiglass cubes. They're not meant originally for aquarium use (they stored candy in a prior life), but with ~1/4" plexi, I think they should be ok. I worked out the sizes of them and this is what I have: 8.5g., 3.5g., 2.5g., and a 1.8g. I would have loved to have used the 2.5 because it has the least scratches all around, but it has 4 roughly quarter inch drilled holes at bad heights (who knows why they needed holes in a candy bin).
So, I'm planning to set up the 3.5g. which I've already sealed with clear silicone today. Another reason I want to use it is because it fits nearly perfectly over a glass inlay on a table I have. I think it would make a nice addition to the area. What tank wouldn't
But, my plans aren't quite finalized. I'm torn between using wood or stone hardscape. I'm leaning toward an iwagumi-esque style. Hopefully in the next week I'll be able to order Eco Complete and Tahitian moon sand for other projects and see what's left over. I should be getting some glosso in the mail this week, and I'm hoping to use that as the main plant if I go with stones.
Anyway, rambling aside, more to the questions I have. Since this tank will be on a fairly nice piece of furniture (water=bad) and I want it to be as streamlined as possible, I was *thinking* of going filterless. Of course I'd add airation to prevent stagnation and keep things going. I'm planning to use a lamp with a 10w 6500K fluorescent bulb and DIY CO2. I may end up stocking the tank with shrimp I have. Obviously if it was filterless, that might make for some unhappy shrimp. I'd probably go with RCS though.
Would it be planted enough to go filterless? Comments/criticisms/experiences? Keep in mind that money is an issue
I'm open to suggestions