I upgraded my fixture to a 20W LED one. very nice and bright. much better than the T5 visually. light is 7000K so plants should respond well. FTS has been updated. Duckweed is being used as the floater.
My 30" T5 is now on sale if anyone wants it.
Still waiting on this tank to finally cycle :P
Going to go with Tangerine Tigers and either Orange/Chocolate/Green Babaulti shrimp. Not sure yet. Don't know if the other shrimp can handle softwater and low pH. The tigers should have no problem though...right?
They should be able to handle it, but whether or not they'll breed as prolifically is probably up in the air. Nice start to this one Newman, ya know...I always wanted a 20L. I already have too many tanks going already though I think.
So the tap raised your PH up a bit eh? I'm sure the neos will be just fine @ 6.6ph. Maybe over time your substrate won't buffer quite as much allowing you to get back up to around 7 or so for the tigers?
Ok I tested all parameters and here they are, up to date.
Also put in some fresh active carbon in the filter...
TDS: 270ppm (tap water is normally 400TDS)
GH: 11 dGH (tap water is normally 25 dGH)
KH: 0 dKH? (tap water is normally 8 dKH)
Obviously things have changed a bit. KH went back down to undetectable. probably the substrate's doing. pH went back down to 6.5...a bit low, but hopefully the cherry shrimp can deal. it looks like the substrate lowers the tap water's KH GH and even TDS...crazyness.