All I could find was "PL-11W/8000K" if that helps? I have a smaller light than usual as it was recommended I try to maintain some darker areas in the tanks in case the fish want to avoid the light.
Will investigate this Red Sea Florabase, just to be sure you're recommending a few cups at a time, waiting until they base uh...disappears? Also root tabs? They are? Yeah I'm new at this alright
Bit confused by you're comments regarding the livebearers...are you saying they'll likely breed? Thought breeding fish was something that was difficult and needed to be planned...
Also agree on your summation of the other fish, do fear I will regret my purchase of the Chinese Algae Eaters
Thanks everyone so far for their help, I've definitely made a meal of things so far so appreciate every assistance I can get in getting things back on track
Did you buy a special light and fixture, or is it the stock light on the tank?
If it is the stock lighting, it wont do anything except light the tank for viewing.
If you bought just a bulb - and have the same fixture (the thing that houses the bulb) it wont do anything either. GOOD LIGHTING is much more than just the bulb....the "magic plant bulbs" fish stores sell do nothing without good reflectors and more...
In terms of the actual tank stock - WAY Overstocked, but the good news it simply because only a few fish. The Clown Loaches get huge. They are cool, but literally they can get a few feet. Given it will take years, but they get large even after a year, and 4 of them is too much in that tank. I agree with Botia's as another poster mentioned. Usually fish stores are cool working with you on things like this, at the same time they know better than to sell you this without first understanding your setup. I hate it.
The Knife is an awesome fish, but it does get big and when able...well just say goodbye to your guppies.
Livebearers such as Guppy's, Molly's, Platy's, Swords are very easy to breed. The hard part is keeping the fry alive.
I had Chinese Algae eaters - never saw them being mean. You can read the fish profile on this site for them and you will see mixed reviews. They do get big, I would suggest 1 only, but dont think it will be a big deal.
Keep asking questions - this is an addicting hobby - and similar to most hobby's there is some investment involved, and there are many ways to do things...