Hey guys! I come from the saltwater side of the hobby, so this is my first real shot at a planted tank and it's been a blast! I set this tank up on 5/5/19 and I finally decided to make a thread about it. The aquarium itself is an Ultum Nature Systems 3N, the dimensions are 12.20 X 7.48 X 7.48 (3gallons). As far as the equipment goes, I have a Kessil A80 Tuna Sun(set to max intensity), an Azoo Aquarium Mignon Filter 60, a DOOA CO2 Mini Diffuser J, a DOOA CO2 Mini Counter, an Aquatek CO2 Regulator Mini, 2 ADA check valves, a NilocG CO2 Drop Checker, and a Tippmann Aluminum CO2 Paintbal Tank. Also I use RODI water and re-mineralize it with Shrimp Mineral GH/KH+, and I do 50% water changes once per week. At this point there isn't any livestock in the aquarium, I'm going to only have high grade cherry shimp in this tank. I have 3 species of plants, Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini', Micranthemum monte carlo, and Staurogyne repens. The hardscape is 3 ADA Seiryu Stones, and I use NilocG's Thrive C fertilizer at 1ml per week (anymore than that and i run into algae issues). The tank is definitely ready for the cherry shrimp, but im thinking about making a few changes to the tank before I get them and I'm looking for some advice. So first off I'm thinking about removing the HOB filter and replacing it with either an Ehiem surface skimmer or an ADA surface skimmer (significantly higher price point lol). Second I'm wanting to do a huge trim because stuff is getting a little wild now haha. So my question is weather it's ok to do both of these events at the same time or do I do them separately, if separate which one should I do first? Besides a couple of run ins with green hair alage this has been one of the easiest aquariums I've ever cared for, hope you guys enjoy the ride!
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