Finally got some more work done on this.
This is the lovely hole, had to drill it 3 time with increasing bit sizes before the pump fit in, was deathly afraid of making it too big because then that would mean the project would be effectively dead.
The pump fits perfectly snug, its tight enough to hold itself in place which, IMO means its not gonna fall out while its pumping water. Now that this is done
Since i knew there would be a future hood (next dyi project) to this creation as well as some other electronic fixtures, i added a cord organizer. It was simple, took about 15 minutes to sand down and 15 minutes to set.
Painted second coat to the background, it should be dark enough to be opaque but apparently the first layer was not ready, unsure of why since its been over a week, so the paint cracked in some places but I am not sanding it down to start over so this is whats its gonna look like... forever.
If i get the time tomorrow might sand down and attach the 1.5g, leaving me the remainder of this month to make the waterfall parts and substrate separator. Really hoping i get this done this month.