Alright, so after unpacking about a zillion boxes (thank God I don't have any major furniture...yet) I finally managed to get the new tank set up. I got rid of the 46 bowfront...and got an upgrade. I spent the last two months growing all my plants out till the 46 was so full of plants you couldn't see any fish.
Here's some stats:
2.95 wpg 11 hours (2 X 96 watt pc)
3.87 wpg for 6 hours (60 extra watts of NO)
ANYONE with a 65g tank please let me know what your current lighting situation is...I'm thinking of keeping it at 2.95, but I'm not sure if some of the plants will grow as much.
same ol UV sterilizer
water parameters (this is great!!)
Arlington, VA (Crystal City) tap water: 10 ppm NO3, 2 ppm PO4!!!!!! (nothing added on water change day)
EI: (Craig, Tom if you have any suggestions, feel free)
Sunday: water change...nothing added
Mon: 10 mL plantex, 2 mL fluorish Iron
Tue: 1/4 tea KNO3
Wed: same as Monday
Thurs: 1/4 tea KNO3, a bit over 1/16 tea of K2PO4 (smidgen scoop)
Fri: same as Mon
Plants: from back left to right
H. leucocephala, R. rotundifolia, Amazon sword, Ozelot sword, some Anacharis, P. gayi, watersprite
Mid left to right: H. difformis, A. barteri, A. nana petite, P. stellata (broad), E. stellata, L. aromatica
Foreground: H. micranthemoides, some sort of lilly-type plant I forgot the name of, E. trianda, Glosso, Tiger lotus, H. zosterifolia.
If the shrimp leave the stargrass alone then I'll probably make that a bigger stand. I'm hoping to eventually phase out the midground into tiger lotus all around, with glosso or E. trianda in the middle.
Oh, and for you VA, MD, DC folks, I managed to take a trip to Aquarium Center in Randallstown and that place is great....they even have Rosaline sharks (20 bucks each though).
Let me know what you all think!!