Ive not tried cleaning the filtration yet. I picked a rather inconvenient space to put it without much space above to pull out the sponge block and get a syphon in there, so ive been putting it off. Next time i have a clear day ill give it a go. I may need to shop around for a small syphon, im sure i can find something i can manipulate in there.
The intake grill is too close to the bottom to get a decent depth of substrate in there (maybe only an inch), so ive had to grade the substrate deeper on the other side of the tank to get enough depth to put a rooted plant in, so i found it a little limiting to aquascape with plants, but im fairly happy with how it is currently.
It reads as though your light is programmable? Mine on the 57 litre isnt, but i got a socket timer. The light is adaquate, i would like it a little brighter, but its ok and not worth upgrading. If it came with an aquasky light fitting as Romas do now, i would be happier.
The tank itself is well built, the filtration is doing a good job, but i may get the purpose built trays to go in the sump at some time in the future so i can play around with media set up and get rid of the sponge block which i can see being a problem longer term. I definately need to get a cover for the feeder hole in the lid to stop our cat poking his nose in to get a drink.
Overall, despite things i would like to see improved on im happy with it. Does what i wanted at the budget i set myself, and i think it looks quite stylish. Im a fan of fluval equipment.
Link to my thread. Needs updating a little. I have my CPDs in there now who are doing well and putting on a little size. I want to get another plant in there and a betta. Im toying with seeing if a few shrimp can live in there with a betta too.