I got GREAT deal from a member here on a 36g bow front with filter. So this is the story of another 36g.
I want to start by saying thanks to all the members for not only answering many questions but to those asking questions as well. Your help is greatly appreciated. And a special thanks to bobc4d for the great deal on the 36.
Here's the rundown:
The single t8 was replaced with 4 horizontally placed 23w cfls (5000k, 1600 lumen, on 8h per day)
Black diamond substrate with 10 root tabs.
GH-50ppm (Ca-35ish, Mg-15ish)
Fluorish compressive and excel dosed daily. PMDD style. With CaCO3, and MgSO4, dosed to keep numbers up. Occasional API Fe with K.
20% weekly water changes using tap cut with RO. 1 part tap plus 6 parts RO plus 1 heaping teaspoon RO Right. And a pinch of Neutral Regulator for PO4.
And lots of fish food.
I "instant cycled" using the Fluval on my established tank for 1 week then transferring it over to the 36g without emptying it out. Added 3mls ammonia for two days in a row and it seemed good to go.
9 white clouds
5 neon tetra
4 marble mollies
4 Amano shrimp
3 ottos that didn't make it. I'm Ready to try again.
Hygrophila brown(not doing well)
A sword of some type might be an aponogeton
Eleocharis acicularis (dwarf hairgrass)
Mayaca fluviatilis (doing poorly)
And a ss screen rolled up and covered with java moss. It started on a whim. I don't know what to do with it.
And a tiny piece of Xmas moss on top of the rock.
May 6th - just getting started
May 10th - trying out hard scape
May 20th - a different setup and more Plants
June 7th - some more plants
Please let me know what you think or if you see any problems.