I'm trying to decide what direction to take my 110 gal 4'x2' footprint tank.
Right now it's heavily planted but not doing so well, I did the miracle grow dirt thing capped with safe t sorb, had alot of problems, fish died, grew algae... etc..
things are looking better plant wise, but I have lost alot of little tetras and Angels along the way.
I'm on the verge of selling my t5ho fixture and scrapping the dirt substrate, selling the plants and just replacing with pool filter sand.
If I got rid of most of the plants, what could I keep with 3 Bolivian rams, a couple small angels and a few corry cats? That's all I have left dealing with the sickness, new tank syndrome or whatever it was, the fish have stopped dying after being medicated with fish zole, but it wasn't quick or easy.
Could I switch to earth-eaters and slowly bring in some Geophagus or something completely different? Severums or something? I like Geo's alot and have kept them in the past, but I can see where they might be in competition with the rams for bottom of the tank rights.
Just thinking at this point.
I'm undecided on whether to sell my t5ho fixture and replace with a LED system or remove the plants and go a different direction.
Honestly this tank has been so frustrating and problem prone, I have had a lot of tanks the last 35 years, done fishless cycles, used established filters to jump start, even done fish in cycles, and have lost a few fish here or there but nothing like what I've been through with this tank.
Part or me thinks you're finally over the hump, stick with it and leave things alone,
Part of me thinks sell your 6 bulb t5ho fixture and replace with a more energy efficient - lower light LED fixture.
Part of me thinks you tried and failed, move on and start enjoying your tank again.
Maybe planted tanks just aren't my thing. I can see where a CO2 system and eco complete would have been better choices for this tank but I am so far over budget and sort of over the whole thing after so many set backs.