So, I have never shown this tank the love it deserves. To top it all off, I had a really busy couple weeks, and ran out of CO2 in this tank. This pretty much brings me back down to zero on this tank. Now, I'm currently trying to figure out where to go next.
I had thought about making it into a pseudo-riparium, but my wife and I had a come to jesus moment, and apparently she HATES ripariums. I showed her a bunch of pictures, and the best I could get was "that one's not as bad as the others." This isn't exactly a shared hobby of ours, so if I'm gonna have multiple tanks all over the house, they at least need to be something she likes.
I'm now leaning towards a dutch scape. Since my 120g is most definitely not dutch, I thought this would be a nice option.
I have two big hurdles:
A) A 2217 pumping through a single lily pipe is just too much flow for a 60-P, even throttled down. A 2215 would be better. A spray bar would be ideal, but so far, for whatever reason, no one makes a glass spray bar. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do about this.
B) The lights are just too strong. I either need to reduce the wattage or raise them. The problem there is, again, my wife doesn't like the look of lights hanging over a tank. I'm considering getting the 4x24w fixture from fishneedit, but I want to find out if I can turn on just ONE 24w bulb. The reason I'd get the 4 bulb fixture is for versatility in the future. Why spend $65 on a 2 bulb when I can spend $99 on a 4 bulb? Other than replacing the fixture, I haven't really thought of a good way to raise the lights without hanging them. I'm using the coralife mounting legs now. No good, good-looking, options come to mind.
I've got plants coming in next week, so for now I've pulled out the livestock and cranked the co2 way up. When the plants arrive, I'll pull the hardscape, at a bit more AS, and then go dutch.