aaronnorth said:The best tank you have done IMO,
Oh I quite agree, despite the fact that it is a lot less work and cost a lot less to set up.
Oh and re the lid, my shrimp have never tried to leave the tank, but as MrLuke has indicated my apple snails do! That lid is even weighted down in the middle with a piece of acrylic to stop them from pushing it up. I am however planning on replacing it with a custom cut sheet of acrylic (safer than glass) as the problem with cheapo condensation covers is the moulding to make them rigid also messes up the lighting. I have 4mm acrylic on my daughters (yet more apple snails, 1 of which managed to make it to the floor before we fitted a home made cover) tank and it reflects a lot less light, despite been a lot thicker.
I love the Panoptic tanks though, they are ideal for planting. Sure the silver plastic pieces at the top are a bit tacky, but you can always take these off if they bother you, just like on an Arcadia ArcTank which these tanks resemble a lot.