Ok specs...Bare with me here.
20 gallon tall
CO2 with aquatek regulator on a 24 oz. paint ball CO2 tank, bubble counter and ceramic disk diffuser for 3-4 bubbles per second.
Filtration: Rena XP3 with spray bar mounted vertically.
Fauna: 6 cardinal tetras, 10 red eye tetras, 6 rosy tetras, 4 albina cories, 1 panda cory (only survivor thanks to some green tetras), 4 otos and 8 treaded nerite snails.
Flora: Limnophila aromatica, Persicaria "Kawagoeanum", hydrocotyle "Japan", Rotala sp. 'Sunset', Hygrophila pinnatifida, Rotala 'H'ra', Bolbitis heudelotii 'small form', Eichornia diversifolia and 3 others I can't remember from a package I bought at my LFS.
Lighting: Lamp #1 – Current lamp with 2 T5HO bulbs, 1-24w pink bulb and 1-24w 10000K bulb on for mid day burst 4 hours over lapping with Lamp #2 and 2 hours by itself at night time.
Lamp #2 – Odyssea lamp with 2 T5HO bulbs, 2 x 48w 6500K on for 12 hours, 4 hours overlapping with Lamp #1. From 5 am to 3 pm 96w of 6500K, from 3 pm to 7 pm 144w (2-6500k, 1-1000k and 1 pink) and from 7 pm to 9 pm 48w of Lamp #1.
Ferts: dry EI dosing and root tabs. I think I've finally dialed in my schedule.
Substrate: Nothing special, eco-complete only.
First set up....
6/3/12 after I received 2 nice plant packages. 1 from Chicken and 1 from Don. Thank you both
6/12/12 moved some plants and started my fight with some soft brown slime (diatoms). Easily removed with my handy dandy syringe.
Soft brown slime (diatoms)