ok, so i decided to get a ten gallon and see what i could do, since i dont have the correct lighting in my 55gal and i didnt want the plants in there to go to waste, so heres a little documantation of the whole process
the initial setup
cleaning the flourite...they should really be a bit more specific on the bag..on just HOW many times it needs to be washed....
it magically tuned into mud!
finally...after 25 rinses
but of course..that did not last long...
then came 6 water changes and vacs to get that last bit of dirt out
so after it cleared up, i did another parcial water change and added some substrate ferts
and the end product..
lighting....i used 2 20 watt incandecsent bulbs, so i should have 4 WPG..which may be too much, maybe i chould go with two 15 watt bulbs..for 3 wpg..
planting will come later today
Fauna- Cherry Barbs, Harlequin Rasboras,Amano Shrimp, Cherry Shrimp
Flora- Narrow leaf Ludwigia,Red Ludwigia,Green Cabomba,Green Hornwort,Red stem Hornwort, Java Fern, java moss, Glosso
Lighting- 2 20w incandescent bulbs
Ferts- Flourish,Flourish Excel, Flourish Plant Tabs