Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Rocklin, California
Just from what I learned over the past week, since I just set up my 75gallon tank.
Unless you are already injecting c02 running four t-5 bulbs will get you nothing but algae, im down to two bulbs for 8 hours a day.
Running an actinic bulb will also encourage algae.
If your tank has not cycled yet you may be loosing many fish...25 neons and 6 ottos in a tank that hasn't been cycled is fish murder... From what I gather, ottos are very sensitive to high nitrates.
What is general sand?
I personally would add more ecocomplete, but thats just me.
I was very successful in the sw reef hobby which took alot of patience and time...I'm taking the same approach here. I wish you luck, as I wil need a bit of that also.
I'll leave it to the experienced ones to chime in.