Thanks guys, some great Advice here.
the 60 lbs of flourite did yield about 2 1/4" avg. I have it about 2 1/2 inches in the rear, and slopping down to about 2 " in the front. Do you think this will be adaquete?
Like I said, I'm not rushing it this time, taking my time to make sure this is done right this time. I will prepare a large order this weekend of fast growing stem plants, and good nutrient absorbers to help offset the algea.
Steve- As for the angled tweezers, do you mean something like this?
As for fish, should I add fish before, during or after I add the plants? Not sure when I should start the cycling process? The plants will actual suck up the ammonia and nitrites as the tank cycles right?
I know this may be too much light to run all 4 for the 10 hrs a day, so I do plan to run only 2, and like steve said, run the other 2 for a few hrs in the middle of the light cycle to simulate high noon.
My light has moon lights, but I dont think I will use these, I hear they can stimulate algea?
I did pick up a drop checker at my local aquarium store, its the redsea version, hopefully this is accurate.