Welcome to TPT! Nice to see new plant freaks on the forum.
Thanks for the welcome!
2x96w over a 40g will be alot of light to begin with. I'd cut it down to one for 9 hours a day or so till things grow in.
Will do that! Would one 96w bulb be enough for good, or will the plants appreciate more light later on?
Plus a need for a good source of NPK and Micros will be needed before you’ll ever be able to really light up both of those bulbs and not get algae to take hold.
I'm going to show my ignorance and admit that I'm not sure what NPK and Micros stands for.
You’re off to a good start for gear but in the long run a pressurized CO2 delivery system will help a great deal.
I had that feeling, and the bubble counter and reactor will work with th pressurized source, too, but right now it's not in the budget.
Any ideas where to get an affordable one?
Good luck let us know what you planted.
I'll let you know after the weekend, when my daughter is back.
She researched what plants she wanted.
I know it's a variety of swords and some hair grass with more to be added next week.
Edit: Algae sounds like Black Beard Algae... Or Stag horn... both are signs of low CO2/not enough ferts/too much light on an immature tank. Ottos will be fine for any brown diatom but not much for BBA or Stag horn. If you have not added aggressive/big fish yet look into some shrimp. Shrimp like Amano and Cherry Reds are awesome algae eating crew.
There are no fish in the tank at this point.
Would shrimp be safe with the fish my daughter wants to add later (rasbora, cardinals and a pair of dwarf cichlids yet to be determined, a few catfish and otos/siamese flying foxes)?
Filter should be fine for a while till the tank grows in.
So, no more flow needed until later?
Thanks for your input!