So I am going to be moving in mid-July from an apartment to a house.
My tank is a standard 75 gallon that currently has 2 Rena XP3 filters.
Current substrate is eco-complete that is a few years old.
Current lighting is a Catalina T5HO 3 bulb fixture sitting 4 inches above the tank. Currently only using 1 T5NO bulb as I didn't suspend the light.
CO2 is a pressurized system with a atomic 60mm diffuser in tank.
Additional filtration/skimming provided by a CPR hang on back skimmer.
Additional flow provided by a Koralia Nano.
See attached pictures for current tank layout.
~10 Black skirt tetras
~14 Neon Tetras
~6 Harlequin Rasbora
6 Bristle Nose Plecos
8 Cories of varied kinds
3 Chinese Algae eaters
Pretty sure the foreground is Dwarf Sagittaria
Back corner is cryptocoryne wendtii (brown and green primary. Some red too I think)
A few swords of some kind I got from Henry (dont remember the exact species)
Daily EI via a dosing pump based upon wets calculator
So that is the current state of my tank. I have had a fair issue with BBA lately, but since I got the CO2 running right and the surface skimmer running it has been pretty much in check.
When I move this is my plan. I am changing out the substrate. I haven't been happy with the Eco for a while now. I picked up the aquariumplants.com amazon natural substrate system. I want to eventually switch to a wet-dry but I figure that switching both the substrate and the filter at the same time will cause a complete cycle vs a mini cycle, that and money. My wife will kill me if I spend too much on the tank as we are buying and fixing up the house. The fish can live in a bucket for a day or two while the tank gets settled. I want to get as much of the crap out of the tank as I can, and get the better O2 exchange. I also plan on suspending the lights to get a better reading at the surface.
One of the things I would love to get from everyone here is some ideas on new scape ideas for the tank. I was looking at picking up some wood from Tom. Not sure what exactly, but I like the idea of a large tree on one side with some moss on it. I was also thinking about getting some Anubias of some kind for around the base and on the wood. I'm not in love with the large center piece of wood I have right now, and was planning on removing that. Any thoughts on ideas for the scape would be appreciated.
I will post pictures as I build the new stand and get the new setup for the tank going.