I really can't say on lighting because I use such a wide range of fixtures and they all grows water weeds. Guess I'm saying it all works LOL. Just a question of how fast. Use what you have already. My 5' tank (110g) has 4X54WT5HO on it so missing light on the outside 6" at both ends. I have 55g tanks with all kinds of light energy provided from lowly 18WT8 to 2X54WT5HO and just about everything in the middle. Most of my 55g tanks have floaters added or the lights are suspended anywhere from 4" to 14" above the tanks. Less = better in many cases.
All my tank threads contain the setup information up front (usually the opening pages) with only a couple exceptions. The oldest is about 4yrs wet and all contain the tested parameters and the dirt tank threads hold comment on substrate aging as it effected plant growth.
Really? I've read of different outcomes of just dumping it into the tank. You speaking of MGO Soil in general? Or specifically Potting Mix? I heard the Topping Soil could be problematic.
The bagged organic garden soil contains cow manure. Used by some in error and others by choice. Having the manure in it ammonia issues early on are reported by many but it still clears up settling in with a few water changes.
Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix is the bagged 'dirt' product I use.
MGOCPM (potting mix) contains soils and a large portion of organic material (55-65% by volume). Sphagnum peat moss, composted bark fines, leaves, twigs, wood chips etc. and "pasteurized poultry litter" (cooked chicken crap). 0.10-0.05-0.05
(I post alot on this method of tanking
) Seeing you have posted in the frat thread welcome to dirty tanking!
"The easy way:
Remove any big (huge) wood chips.
1.5" added dry, press the flat palm of your hand onto the soil mix to compress it when measuring depth.
1 to 1.5" of your sand or preferred capping material.
Flood slowly to about 3" of water above the total substrate and again use your hand to pat the base to release trapped air.
Fully plant the tank and fill it up. Floaters are nice if you have them.
After a week change 50% of the water if the tannins stain the water more than you can stand for.
Run the lighting 6-8hrs per day and watch for algae issues and reduce lighting if needed.