Finally something new! Ok, so it has been a while since anything has happened with the tank, money has been going to other things.
A few nights ago I finally clicked "Commit" on Ebay and purchased (2) Hydor Koralia Evolution 1050gph for $79 with free shipping from Pet Treats (pettreatsguy)... shipping took 2 days from WI to Vegas
(March 23, 2011)
I must admit that I was surprised by their size, I thought they were way smaller. Though the weight is heavy, I'm sure it reflects their quality. Here's a comparison to a golf ball:
After giving them a thorough rinse I put them in the tank and turned them on. I have the left 1 aimed for the very center of the front glass, and the right one pointing a little towards the back. My return pipes are aimed down to the corners (picture below was before I moved them).
As soon as I turned these puppies on it was like a sand storm, except no sand, just waste that has been collecting in the cracks that my return flow couldn't reach (which apparently was a lot). Here's the best picture I could get to show their power around the tank: