Just started up a new 55 gallon! Have a current planted 55, but felt I wanted to give something more related to aquascaping a go Here are some specs! Tank: 55 gallon AGA tank (48" W, 13" D, and 20" H) Light: 2 54w T5HO set up Roughly 8 hours a day Substrate: Miracle Gro Organic Soil (bottom layer) Safe-T-Sorb (top layer) Filtration: Marineland Powerhead with prefilter (I think the 900?) Marineland Penguin 350 HOB filter (Possibly getting a 2nd) CO2: DIY CO2 4 2L bottles via powerhead distribution when tank is eventually flooded Planning/Saving for eventual injected setup. Fertilization: EI method via GLA dry ferts [with extra random supplementation from Seachem Flourish Excel and Aquavitro Propel (iron)] Rocks: Random local rocks from state park (tested) Plants (Subject to change!): HC Microsword (?) DHG (?) Fauna (Subject to change!): No idea - Def alot of shrimp and a large school of small fish In my other 55 planted, I have albino corys, oto cats, neon and cardinal tetras, a clown pleco, amano shrimp, and RCS. Don't want to go with the same tetra school for this one... but I do want a large school. Considering some rasboras..... Open for any suggestions ______________________________ Planning a dry start method on this for the HC. Will be receiving my pots in a few days time! Can't wait to get it going. Any tips from you guys on dry start method would be greatly appreciated! I've always heard to fill water to right below the substrate line, and mist 2x daily? Here are some pics of the current aquascaping.... Still changing it daily to fine tune it exactly how I want before I start to plant! Any feedback is welcome! P.S. Wondering about background options.... I want the classic white glowing background, what are some techniques you guys use to achieve this?