Thanks, I'll look in to the dry fertz. I was planning on getting a gallon of Thrive+. One gallon would last me almost three years and it can't get much simpler.
I plan on upgrading the light to a Fluval in the near future. I'll keep the current light on there as well.
Might I just add a bit of caution? You seem like youíve done a lot of homework already, so I apologize if you already thought this through, but you should reconsider adding a second light until you are confident that you NEED it. Too much light will cause way more problems than not enough lightÖ
Think of it like a car. The amount of light you add is the equivalent of pressing the gas pedal. Your car will go faster if you press the gas pedal further, but if the tires and brakes arenít up to the challenge, youíre going to crash. Itís the same for a fish tank. The lights are going to push the growth (plants and algae) faster, but if your CO2 and Fertilizers arenít up for the challenge, your tank can crash hard with algae outbreaks.
Keeping the comparison going, itís easier to learn to drive slow in a parking lot than jumping right on the highway. With lower lights, CO2, and Ferts, youíll have time to evaluate any changes you make, notice deficiencies, spot treat algae problems, etc. Once you start cranking the light up, youíre riding a razorís edge between beautiful high tech masterpiece and hideous beast that you want to keep hidden from all onlookers.
Just my $.02Ö