Hey Gang, i recently setup a 36 gallon bowfront and i have some questions on lighting, co2, feeding plants, etc.
Its a 36 gallon bowfront, i used about 2-20 bags of CaribSea Eco Complete (red course gravel), and have cycled the tank. Have a few platys and corys in the tank ( i know this is not the best setup for corys but they were Xfrer fish from another tank)
Now, my question is about the lighting, i have the plastic 3-peice hood fixture setup. First piece is the lid (black plastic w. either glass or acrylic under where the fixture rests, the other piece is the front lid (black plastic as well) and the 3rd piece is the fixture, it is blank plastic and measures 29" x 4.25 " .
My main goal is to keep the lid/fixture setup i am using, i like the way it looks. first questions is there a standard fixture i could use to replace the one i have (one that would go right over the glass piece and would have enough ventage for air flow and heat) I saw something like that at www.ahsupply.com
. It was a fixture replacement kit that would allow for 1 or 2 CF bulbs.
I'm not looking for a HI tech setup right now, may get into the whole co2 thing down the road if i can find get a grip on this (but first things first)
If i do decide to go this route, any advice on which one (1*55) or (2*36) , i dont think i want to go much higher on the WPG (if you believe on that kind of stuff) . also wanted some thoughts on what bulbs you feel look the nicest (6700K,10K vs. a 2-6-10 or 3-6-10
NOw if you are thinking this is not a valid option for me, my other thoughts were to go with a T5 setup. I picked out 2 in my price range, either the aqueon FW T5 duel 30" or the nova extreme T5 30" . If i do go with one of these, can i just place it over the glass/acrylic on the top of my tank or will it get too hot/not enough air? If you say i can not, can i just put the clips on it and have it hang right over the glass opening on the lid? Any Detailed advise on this situation is really what i want. It would really help me make a more education decision
IF i HAVE to get a new lid, would a complete glass lid work (Any links to something 'reasonable' i would have to go with?
Besides that, just had some other basic questions; what are you thoughts on using liquid co2, where is the best place to get a canister and valve for a co2 setup, how often do you give you plants food,/fertlizer?
Quess that is a good start
Once agian, thanks in advance