Sigh. A supposedly good idea never survives reality intact. Or something like that. Such is the case with my aquarium planter. Fundamentally, I still think it'll be a winner. However, there are a few design flaws that have yet to be tinkered with.
The first flaw presented itself immediately. After only one day in the hot sun, the linoleum peeled off like a wet Band Aid. I should have seen that one coming. The linoleum was there in the first place not for looks, but because the aquarium is clear acrylic and I felt that the southern sun would beat down on it all day, heating the soil, killing organisms, and upsetting roots. I covered it for protection. It looks like the protection needed protection. Down but not out, I scrounged up some old weed cloth and wrapped the aquarium up like a big, ugly birthday present.
Let's see if this works. If it does, I'll update. If it does not, I'll update. In any case, I'm not going down without a fight, as I would love to see this succeed.
P.S. On the bright side, the plants look super happy. That was the major plus and the point of this whole exercise. Let's hope that continues.