Open to ideas and suggestions for scaping and plants......
Hey hey, CD. I’m still not able to PM, or I’d have dropped you a line by now. Have read a number of your posts, and you strike me as a really decent guy. Giving away a filter for free if someone would cover the postage because someone else gave you a free filter? Smacks of paying it forward. I don’t know Charlie, but it seems like he’s got a good role model.
I have an idea. Not necessarily for that tank, but have you considered a paludarium build? More often than not, they’re easier to maintain than an aquarium (especially if they’re fully bioactive), and having a terrestrial component opens up a whole new world of plants and animals to get into. If it’s something that interests you, I can walk you through everything you need to know, like culturing isopods, springtails, and wingless fruit flies, soil structure and nutrition, etc. can even help you out with some cool/rare terrestrial plants for free, and I’ll cover the shipping (see what happens when you pay it forward, man?)