comments on 3g eclipse setup
OK so I have my 3g eclipse completed (hopefully). I am using the original hood and filter, along with a 20w compact flourescant (screw-in w/self-ballast, just upgraded from 10w). no C02 added for now, but adding flourish-excel, flourish, and leaf-zone. plants are some glossostigma directly under the light, rotala indica, rotala magenta, green cabomba, and java ferns (ferns and cabomba have been in tank about 2 months, just added the others). substrate is small-sized black gravel with flora root mixed in
temperature with 20w gets about 85-90 during day - ugh - with hood flap slightly open but not too concerned as this will be moved to colder-AC office very soon (my apt is 80-85 during day). I probably wont need a heater but will determine once I move the tank. I am running filter with bio-wheel still, no filter pad, but with some foam over the filter intake to keep debris out.
I have 3 snails in now (2 small red ramshorn, one unidentified "spiral/cone"). I will be adding a few more, plus a couple ghost shrimp, and maybe but still undecided on a couple dwarf crayfish (concerned they may dig everything up) or else a dwarf puffer.
all seems fine (tho only 5days since adding additional plants). however I am undecided whether to keep the 20w or put back on the 10w that I previously had on there. not sure if keeping the 20w will be overkill (10w seems too little and 20w too much??) and whether it will require additional CO2 with the 20w than the excel? and for filter would the foam over the intake be sufficient or should I maybe add the standard-eclipse filter pad, or maybe some other filter material in a small bag placed in the filter compartment? (I'm only concerned with filter if I add puffer or crayfish)
yeah a few questions but any/all suggestions appreciated