Alright then, first update in a while.
I tried to go cheap on this tank and purchase a desk lamp with daylight cfl bulbs, but the desk lamp I found didn't work very well for the location. It bled light into the other tank next to and made the room very bright in general. I didn't like it. So I decided to stop being so cheap and bought the finnex planted+ clip light. That came in today.
I was kinda hoping for a medium light tank that wouldn't be a whole lot of work. I even bought the plants for it. They should get here tuesday. I ordered
1x potted dwarf hair grass
1x weeping moss on a mesh plate (that i will hopefully be able to pull of and superglue to the branches [not in the tank at the moment])
2x stems of ludwigia repens that I can cut and put in the corners.
1x flame moss for in between the rocks
1x potted dwarf baby tears.
I got these from alpha pro breeders for a decent price.
I think the baby tears might have been a bit of a gamble since I wanted a medium light/low-medium tech tank, but i figued I would give it a shot.
But now that i've got this light set up. It looks really bright. I think the HC would do well, but now i've got the issue of co2. I really didn't want to do co2 in this tank, since I wanted to go low tech, plus I plan to stock it with shrimp and I don't want to cause issues with overdosing the co2.
What are your thoughts? Does this light equate to a high light system? Will I need co2? I don't know the PAR, but if anyone has had the planted+ clip light, is this going to be too much light for a non-co2 system? Any thoughts or opinions will be appreciated.
Also when should I start dosing the fertilizers once I get the plants in? I know I should give them some time to acclimate, but about how long?