So with all the recent earthquakes, I'm scared to fill it and/or plant it. What should I do?
I meant to pop in your thread when I heard that news.
If you don't want to fill right now, just DSM for now. I have become less of a fan of DSM over the years but it's still fun and you can wait until you feel comfortable to fill. Just realize it's a part of Cali, especially LA (and the Bay Area) so another one will come, but if you want to start slow, DSM is an option.
There is a thread on earthquakes/tanks in the general section. That may give you an idea about what others do, how they feel. It's my own opinion that if my tank is damaged from a quake, that would likely be the least of my worries but it did remind me I should strap my CO2 tank down, not that it has much room to move. Outside of that, I have no plans to do anything else myself.
if you haven'f flooded or planted yet (or if you even care, lol) might soak the stones in vinegar for a while, scrub them with a metal brush or something too. This will get that dust off them that usually coats them and make them darker which makes hte lines pop more... I liked mine so much more once I did this (In the second scape of course).
With that many rocks and such a nice scape... might be a pain.