Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Holts Summit, MO
I joined this forum in order to learn how to better my skills with planted tanks. I currently have a 55g planted. Forgive me I don't know the names of all the plants I currently have. Some are growing faster than others and some don't grow at all.
My first question is about my lights. I am running an inexpensive (coralife) T5HO 2 bulb fixture. Is this enough light to support the depth?
My other option is to replace it with a twin CF fixture or add the twin CF fisxture to what I already have. -or- I have a 4 bulb CF fixture also.
I am affraid of too much light as I do not have an algae problem right now and I don't want to start one.
The substrate that I have now is too large for a regular planted tank. It is around 3/8" river rock. (all the same size). From what I have read I think I would like to use 1-3mm size rock. not as small as sand, but not much bigger. Where can I find rock this size? all I see at the pet stores is painted rock and I know I don't want that. I was also looking at using a plant base in the tank as the substrate but I know it will cloud the water pretty bad before it settles. Will this hurt my fish? Plants? I would change the substrate out over the course of a few weeks as not to upset or cause a cycle in the system. My tank is extremely stable right now and has been in continuous operation for about 2 1/2 years.