I haven't had much algae with the lights and plants - Then again, I ended up bringing in about 8 million baby snails with the plants, so...
I think I'll get him a little pot and pick up a couple rocks. I have 2 tanks with driftwood and 1 with rocks already, and I'm trying not to have multiple similar tanks (easier to defend them to the husband if they're different
) Thanks for the suggestion about plugging it up!
as far as levels go, maybe I could get him some sort of little shelving unit thing? and then put sand on it to hide the plastic and put plants on it? hmm.
Reagan, I have some mini vals in there already but they just haven't taken off yet :( hopefully they will soon!
thank you both for your suggestions!