Okay, so the current tank is a sand substrate 65 gallon (24 miserable inch tall tank.) I use root tabs and nilocg's 2 bottle all in one. I supplement with an extra dose of aqua vitro propel (fe) once a week. Currently dosing the other product twice a week, sometimes 3 times, still dialing it in. My lighting is a fluval plant 3.0 and an edge 360. I've got hygro compacta, hygro scarlet compacta, dwarf sag, bronze crypts, wisteria, swords, some ludwigia, and a couple of sad sad ferns. I'm upgrading to a 125 next week and have decided on a dirted tank. I'm using miracle gro organic potting mix (smells like manure, hopefully its safe) 1 inch capped by 1 inch of the nat geo black sand. Instead of having my two lights front and back, I'm going to have to have them side by side, but the new tank is far less deep so it should be higher lighting. As far as I can tell, I'm going to have better lighting, a more nutrient rich substrate, and no change of stock except buying all the amanos I can source locally to help out my wife. Now for the question marks. I'm upgrading so maintenance is lower for my wife while I'm out of the country for a bit. Should mean less water changes for her since I'm keeping less stock per gallon. Aside from new tank issues like diatoms, will there be more algae issues since I'm not dosing c02 but essentially increasing lighting and soil ferts? Co2 isnt an option since my wife wont be able to fiddle with it and wont want to exchange bottles or get them refilled. Will the lighting be acceptable for my plants? They thrive now as long as I remember to restock root tabs timely enough. Will I be able to use the current 7 pumps of ferts, or do I need to increase dosage due to the extra water? The picture attached is before I added the scarlet temples and ludwigia. And before I added root tabs si everything is bigger and thicker now... by a ton. Ran out of space and had to remove a bundle of wisteria.