Hello....and a little help please
I asked some questions in the low tech forum, because I thought that was were they belonged, but it turns out that I might have too much light for a low tech set up, so I thought I might ask some questions over here in hopes of getting some additional help.
I do have another tank running that has some plants in it, but they were purchased somewhat as an after thought and without a lot of intentions of having plants becoming part of the hobby. I figured if I was goint to pay $7 dollars for a fake plant, I might as well get something that would grow and fill out. Well after quite a bit of reading and stumbling upon this forum, I've decided to start a tank with the plants in mind from the start.
The set up I have right now is:
20 gallon long
Aqueon Dual T5 (2x18 watts) 1 @6700k, 1 @colormax
Aquaclear 30, with extra bag of ceramic media
Aqueon 100 watt heater
My plan was for this to be a low tech/low light setup, but I guess my lights are too bright unless I raise them above the tank or block some of the light with window screen or something similar.
I plan to either fertilize with root tabs or dose with ferts depending upon what is more readily available locally.
Will I need to run CO2, or can I get by with something like Fluorish Excell until I am more prepared to tackle a CO2 system?
Can some one point me toward plants that will be more appropriate to the level of lighting that I have?
I've got the hardscaping done unless someone has any suggestions for improving upon it.