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So the other night I got fed up. I had an infestation of bladderwort and decided to just let it go for about a month to see what happened. Nothing good to say the least. So I tore out about 3 gal. of java moss (if bagged) and enough val. to replant 5 or 6 55 gal. generously. This is what I have now. Actually I really like the mono-species look of the tank, but after a week, I/it needs something more. I was really thinking it might look good with a very low carpet of something. A bit of red would be cool, but I can't seem to keep the reds red. I've got the light, the ferts, the gas, just no luck. They always go green. So here is what I have:

Tank:
standard 55 gal.

Filtration:
marineland C330 canister with ehiem (sp.?) fit fit spray bar mounted vertically.
Maxijet 1200 powerhead. Heater in in-line.

Lighting:
48" 4X55watt. (2 running 6500 K and 2 running 50/50) 5 hrs. on, 5 hrs. off, 5 hrs. on 9 hrs. off.

CO2:
Pressurized currently running during lights on only. Turned down since the tear out to 1 bubble every 2 seconds. Run through red sea 500 reactor.

Ferts:
Was dosing according to directions Yamato green. Have cut that in half until gone. Willing and currently able to go full on EI via. Watts. I have used root tabs in the past depending on the plant in question.

Substrate:
Top Fin, SORRY!, store bought gravel (I think medium sized). I foresee this being a problem as far as a good carpet goes.

I am sure I am missing something (like non-plant inhabitants), so ask if you would like to know.

Thanks gang.

EDIT: Sorry about the S#!T pics, it is the best I can muster up right now.
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When you say "50/50" do you mean half white and half blue, or dual daylight? If you do have a half actinic bulb, which is fine if you want it for looks, you're not quite getting the wattage you're thinking you're getting, as far as plant growth, just in case you're weren't aware.

Dwarf sag stays low for me, but that too is pretty relative, I have a bunch of it intermixed with Glosso at the moment and almost like the look. I'm hardly an aquascaper though, much more of a "that'll fit there" sort of person.
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Hey, the tank looks good!
I would keep your routine the same as far as ferts, CO2 and WC, according to EI. Then try to tweak the light levels slowly to where that goes. I don't know about the 5 hours on then 5 hours off then 5 hours on again. If I were a fish, my sleep schedule would be pretty messed up. I don't know about its effect on plants though.

As for substrate, in the long run planted substrate would be ideal. However, if what you have right now seems to be working, there's no point changing it.
If you do decide to get plant substrate later on, then you're better off doing a complete swap. With substrate type separated, it will be easier to sell off each one as opposed to mixed gravel.

A low carpet will look really nice. Glosso, HC, HM. Or dwarf hairgrass, pygmy chain sword for a little taller. There are lots of other carpets.

Good luck on your tank!

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you could probably grow micro sword in that gravel. if not maybe try glosso with root tabs.

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As far as the lighting schedule, this allows me to have lights on viewing in the morning before work and at feeding, as well as at night. When the lights go out I'm off to bed. The fish don't mind it (as far as I can tell, no sings of stress) as they get day time sun (not direct).

Don't want to swap the substrate now due to the fact that in May the tank is coming down and is being replaced with a 125 cichlid tank ( 2-3 species of aulonacara). The 55 is then going to school at which time the substrate will be swapped with something more appropriate.

Do you all think the substrate will be able to "hold" a carpet of dwarf hair grass?

Also, there is quite a bit of shade below the large tree on the left and the fern bridge on the right. I know that with the bulbs I have I can't grow the high light stuff, but it is cool, I like the look I get with this setup.

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nope. dwarf hairgrass likes fine substrates like sand and eco and aquasoil. I tried it in plain gravel once and it grew leaves, but it did not carpet. when grown i let it float it started to make runners, so i think that the roots are too fine to make it all the way around large peices of substrate.

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