Looking for some help
Alright I've had my tank up and running for awhile now and growing pretty well, but I'm wanting to take things up a notch here and I've already got some plans but would like some people to tell me what they think.
First I'm thinking about adding another pair of bulbs to the tank. I've already got two 40w 4400k bulbs and two 32w 10,000k bulbs. I'm thinking of adding another ballast and upping adding two more 32w 10,000k bulbs. That'd bring me to about 4wpg. Too much light or am I doing fine where I am?
I'm definitely going compressed co2, right now I have two diffusers for the tank running under each filter outlet to help blow the bubbles around. Until I go to a canister system this is about the best I can do. is compressed co2 a waste with HOBs?
I can't seem to grow a "lawn" for the life of me in this tank and I blame alot of that on two items.
1. I've got black gravel over onyx sand or something so it's hard for it to take root and come up between the stones at times
2. I've got 5 loaches who's life goal is to dig up anything I plant that's not bigger than they are
I just spent $45 on an absolutely huge order of dwarf hairgrass that came in great condition. Spent about 3 days total planting it after work and I'm down to maybe 1/8th of what I was shipped still in the soil and it's not doing much in the way of sprouting up anywhere as far as I can tell, although this was a very short brand of DHG that the shipper said never gets more than about 1 1/2" to 2" up from the surface. Is there any hardier plant that would grow a better lawn for me and put up with my loaches? If I was to replace the substrate should I add onto what I have or should I tear this all down and start over again?
I like the way my tank looks, but I just want to take it to the next level really and I've sort of plateaud on my knowledge level here.