Thank you all for the input.!
Ironworker, I couldn't get the image to render on my iPad but I think I get the concept of it. I assume it's custom considering your page says you're into woodworking. I have a wood shop myself! However it's in my garage and my garage is cold. And I'm a wimp in the cold...
How do you think the intake from a fluval50 hang on filter would work? The tube coming down with the motor in the hood, thus leaving gravity to do the rest
Bbradbury, this is an interesting concept however, how would the plants keep the detritus from building up in the substrate? I understand it breaks down over time but with the finer substrate I use it seems to all ball up under the mess of moss until I vacuum.
Sassymomma, I have tried YouTube and google but I can seem to find anything even relatively similar to what I want to make. If you can find anything to give me some sort of head start would be awesome though!
Coralbandit, I like where you're coming from with the vinyl gutter idea, I think ironworker's lexan idea would work in the gutters stead. Just to keep the corners square, making removable media boxes to then insert into the acrylic "channel"(for lack of a better term).