#4....lights...are you saying that you have (4) 96watts bulbs or you have a total of 96 watts? Also, you don't want to run actinics in a planted tank. Also, if you are running (4) 96 watts of 10,000K, that is alot of light for 10 hours for a 55 gallon tank. I would go with some 6700K bulbs or the 10,000k/6700k combo bulbs and run 2 for 8 hours with a 2-3 hour burst of the other two.
Hope this helps!
Ok I have moved the regulator where its facing more downwards, I know it doesn't look like I did much. Believe me I had to tear apart all the plumbing, It's the best I can do without moving everything around. The shelf in there is preventing it from standing straight up and down. Should this work just as well? The bubbling issue I was having is now gone.
As the lights go I have 4 96 watt bulbs, I am only running 2 10,000k's and one antinic. I know the antinic isn't needed, but I really like the color it makes the tank. When I am gone for a few days I unplug it so it doesn't get used when people aren't looking at the tank. There is nothing in the 4th bulb spot because the ballast went bad. It's on my to do list to buy a new ballast and a 6700 bulb. One of the 10,000k is pretty old but works, should I replace that bulb with a 6700 or a 10k or is it ok to keep using it?
Once I get the other stuff ordered and installed I will tune back the light. When should the light burst happen? Like in the middle of the 10 or 8 hour block? So simulating high noon?
I am off to buy ich meds, so I will keep you updated on that situation. Good news is that the clown loach with ich is acting fine and eating. Watched him eat a snail about 15 mins ago.
Now for a new issue, I have my heater turned all the way up and the tank will only just barely break 81 degrees. Might be able to get a bit more with the lights on. I had a really nice Marineland heater, but I was stupid and forgot to turn it off on my first water change and broke it. Replaced it with a generic brand heater rated for 75 gals. Any thoughts?
Finally, after dipping a few days ago the plants don't look stellar. Will they recover? I can post some pics later but I need to be studying for my finals!