So I finally decided to tear down the tank and start over. I took out all my fish and put them in my 25 Gallon. I moved out all the gravel and replaced the first layer with flourite black, and topped it up with eco-complete.
I upgraded my light to a coralife 4x65watt T5 6700K.
The next thing on my list is piecing together a pressurized C02 system. Im hoping to have all that done within the next 10 days.
300 watt heater
405 external fluval filter
70 Aqua Clear blower
all plants have a vitamin stick
regular dosing with seachem flourish phosphorus, iron, excel, and trace
Im still waiting on nicer plants to stock the middle left side of the tank, as well as some foreground plants. I do have a bit of hairgrass but its not growing any runners.
Currently the tank is stocked with a SAE, 1 oto, 40 cherry shrimp, and 10 ghost shrimp. 2 Ghost shrimp were pregnant as well as a cherry but I have not seen any babies.
The rest of my fish will be put in the tank once the C02 system is up and running.
All comments are welcomed. (pics are not the greatest)