Join Date: May 2013
Location: Quad Cities, IL
Before you start removing or adding your hardscape take a second and think about what you envision for this tank. It is much much easier to scape and plant while the tank is empty and you do not have any fauna. As Pg9622 stated, figure out what fish and plants you want to keep. If you desire to keep certain plants, than your fish selection will change and vice versa.
As for plants, do you have the correct lighting for certain species? Are you going to be dosing ferts or do you want this a low maintenance tank? And you will definitely want to have your CO2 dialed in before you add fish or shrimp.
You are already in the process of cycling your tank since it is full so I would recommend patience at this point. The more time you take, the research you do and the more planning you do ahead of time will make it all that much more worth it in the end.
As far as your actual scape, its your tank. Asking for suggestions is great and almost everyone one on this forum is wonderful regarding tips and helpful suggestions. But at the end of the day, its your tank. Welcome to the planted tank world. You now have a hobby for the rest of life. Enjoy it.