After a long period of neglect today I'm going to take down and rebuild my 55 gallon planted tank. (48"L 12"W 18"H)Here is my plan:
1) Move my two discus and 5 cory cats to a temporary home and move my Eheim canister filter to the temp home with them.
2) Clean the whole tank and boil the flourite gravel
3) I am going to place a layer (20 lbs) of Eco-Complete on the bottom
4) Put the clean flourite on top of that
5) Add water from my 3 stage water filter
6) Turn on my CO2 Tank
7) Turn on my Coralife 4 X 65 Watt light. Blubs are all duel daylight 10,000 and 6,500k
8) Plant the entire tank with new plants from the LFS
9) Let the plants get settled for a couple days
10) Add the fish and move the Eheim canister filter back
11) My dream is to be able to grow high light plants to get a grass like effect and some red pigments. I have had very successful planted tanks with Amazon swords, wisteria and java fern in the past but no luck with the lower grass like plants.
So that is the plan. I have never run the tank with this much light and CO2 before so I am looking for any advice I can get.
Once the tank is planted can I turn off my air stone entierly to preserve CO2 without harming the fish? In my last fully planted tank I did not use an air stone but I did not have discus either. Should I maybe just run it at night?
Should I turn off the CO2 at night?
Do you think it is ok to keep using the same bacteria and probably algae spores in the canister tank from the old tank to the new?
I am a little concerned that the new tank with the CO2 might be dramatically different PH than the old tank so it might hurt the discus.
I have some fertilizer tablets. Should I use them right off the bat under the new plants or should I rely on the Eco-complete for the first few months?
I know this is a lot but I just thought I might be able to get a word of wisdom. I am trying to avoid setting off an expensive algae bomb right out of the starting gate.
The last time I had a tank working well it looked like this: