I'm still fighting a nasty head cold so I am running in slow motion... although I didn't need a 4 hr nap today. Also, after many hours of Boxing Day shopping my wife FINALLY showed up with the filter and some new plants... ones that were not on my list. Some wisteria, which I would have picked anyway but some red thing and some amazon swords. The valls look cool now that the filter is generating some water movement.
LOVE the canister, extremely quiet. For that reason alone it was worth the upgrade as this is in the main open concept living/kitchen/dining room area. They need to rethink the media that they put in... a tray of ceramic rings, a tray of plastic "bio balls" then the carbon and sponges. Why two bio mediums and why so short on quantity?
It also does not break the surface of the water which should help the plants, less CO2 off gassing.... and there are a lot of plants now.
My clear sandy spot got taken up by a rock structure, not in the plan but some concessions had to be made for a) reliqueshing the floor space on the main level to a larger tank than planned and b) shopping alone for fish stuff.... or so I am told
Here's a pic so you can see the the result so far. I think that I need to move the oregano stems away from the left corner a bit more and bring the Valls a little farther out and spread them out a touch. Don't mind the iPad picture, not the greatest.