ok im doing all the reading i can, about 7 hours a day ! the lights have me totally mind boggled though
What im trying to do:
55g tank 48" x 12 x 16
i want 6 Discus in there ( i will be getting a bigger tank later on) from Mac's Discus, Steve has been helping me with advice for raising the fish.
Fully planted, i ordered (never done this before so i may have gone overboard but i have three tanks i can spread the plants around in, my ONLY worry so far is the temperature for discus and the plants may be a bit high)
24 Java ferns
and a variety mix from aquabid 20 of whatever he picks out of
Nana, Barteri, or Coffeefolia,
Cryptocoryne- Red, Bronze, Lutea, Ciliata, Spiralis, Undulata
Cabomba Purple or Green, Vallisennaria, Wisteria
..... i did say fully planted right? ok i may have gotten ahead of myself but im dirting the tank as per dustins fish tanks though i cannot find CLAY for the LIFE of me and i may have to start without or else use natural kitty litter which i heard makes the worst mess? or i can order but will take a week to come in by which time the plants are here so i thought id skip clay for now i have iron well water which will help and root tabs. though no root tabs for 3 months right?
ANYWAY LIGHTS !!! lights have me all in a tizzle, all the other decisions are made except which 6 of Mac's scrumptious fish i want when the plants are all settled (tank was already cycled pre plants, the media is wet the gravel is wet so i should be almost ready when the plants get in)
i have tried to do my due dilligence and read and re read but im just not getting it, im worried that t5's might be too bright, all my hood is set up for is one T8 48 " and there is an 8k bulb in there now, who knows how old its a used tank i got, and its no good for plants anyway of moderate light needs i believe.
SO do i get one bulb for now in the old T8 or just bite it and get a $150 ish new set up? which i will do i dont want anyone to die, Dustinsfishtanks says no need to go nuts with light and simply discus says be careful of overbright tanks BUT everyone seems to talk intense lighting solutions and i get lost after that, i was thinking of trying 3x 54w catalina t5 ho that someone linked for $148 i think it was but im just all mixed up i read about the led pros and cons i read about just sticking with flourescent and im just confused now.
PLEASE HELP my poor fish and plants survive my confusion