im not sure sure if this is a place to put a build log on a tank but I didn't see anywhere else that would be a better spot so here goes. this will be the build log on my 300 gallon cube that im trying to make as a west African biotype. there will definitely be some fish and inverts that are not from Africa but im trying to keep it as close as it can. first couple pics are just of the background then there are the updated ones that show the substrate in place. backroom shot showing my sump and frag tank that will be used as a counter light cycle plant growing area. topsoil and the eggcrate barrier in place. after this I placed a plastic mesh to keep cichlids out of the soil. safety sorb in place and ready to some water. once I debug 2 of my diy led pendants and get them all wired I will post pics of the pendants and the tank with decent lights over it. if anyone has a good answer for how long do you leave the water level low when you are doing a dry start I would appreciate it.