Anyone want to help out a newbie?
Although Iíve been doing fish tanks for years, I am a complete novice when it comes to planted tanks. Itís the one big thing in the aquarium hobby that I havenít tried. I have a couple of questions regarding my existing equipment. The tank Iím using was a 55 gallon reef. It was beautiful, but got to be way too much work. Iíve scrapped off all of the coralline algae and salt creep. I think Iíve got it as clean as itís gonna get. Are there any other precautions I should take when using a tank that previously contained saltwater? Second, I know my 2 x 175 watt metal halides are a little much for a planted tank, but I do have a Corallife 4 x 65 watt fixture. I has 2 on/off switches. What bulbs should I use? I could care less about the color. I want to use whatever is best for growing plants. Nothing fancy. Iím not trying to win any awards. I just want the plants to grow. And before you ask, yes, Iím going to use a CO2. Any help is appreciated.