Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Clarksville, Tn
I think you should just run one bulb, for sure. That's still going to put you on the high light side. How are the plants you have in there now growing? What type of fish do you have? I do 25% weekly water changes. Personally, I'd start with using your tap water and if you have trouble with things in the future you can switch to the RO. Just be sure you are dechlorinating it with a product like Prime or something like that to make it fish-safe. You will want to think about if you want to run Co2 or not. Take a look at the DIY Co2 you can make, its cheap, its easy, your son would probably enjoy watching it work. Also adding some fertilizers helps too. You can buy these at most pet chain stores. I'd suggest Flourish comprehensive to start. These together will make your plants look great. Also, with that wattage you should be able to get some plants to be nice and red. Go to the shop and swap thread here and take a look at all the different plants people sell and often give away.
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