Newbie with a 28 gal JBJ cube
Hi all, brand new to planted aquariums and needing help. I've had aquariums for 30 years, including reef and SW fish only tanks as well as many FW fish tanks. The past 7 years I've not had an aquarium, so a bit rusty on some things.
I got an incredible deal on a new JBJ 28 gal with stand, and the CF quad lamps.
The light, the CF quad lamp is 105 watt, giving me 3.75 watts/gallon, but the lights are 10000/7500K combos. Will this be ok? I've read that this is too blue and will generate algae growth and I need to run 6700K lights. Other articles say anything between 5000 and 10000 K will work fine?
I haven't set the tank up yet, and hope to add the substrate and water tonight after I get home from work to start the cycle process.
I have one bag of Fluorite, and 3 bags of RedSea flora base substrate - I'm aiming for a 4 inch deep layer.
Once I get the substrate and water in, how long before I can add some plants to help get the cycling started? 24 hours?
Any more suggestions will be greatly appreciated.