I'm a neighbor to you (near madison /walnuct cove & work in G-boro). Know any others around here ? Congrats on the new place in June (if that's still the case). The Eheim 2217 is great. I've had ot running my 135gal now for 5+yrs and has been flawless.
I just started my EI dosing yesterday (first time ever fertilizing). Got my ferts from nilocg on here. I'll have to show you some pics as my tank transforms as it's been a long haul and still have a long way to go. Got new LEDs for the tank about a month or so ago to replace my Coralifes (those were great...still have them but not using). Just began w/ a fully automated CO2 system on 4/23/13 (got from aquariumplants.com). Also added substrate pellets (iron & trace) that same day to hold me over until I got my dry ferts. Seeing pearling for the first time in my tank (ever).
I'd love to know where you get your shrimp & plants around G-boro, WS, & HP as I've not found anywhere that really has healthy plants. I have an 8" Clown Loach so the shrimp may just be a meal for that guy.
Right now I'm in process of just trying to nurse nana's & crypts back to health before I buy a bunch of new plants. So looking for a good place around here to get some.