Starting my 55 gallon tonight.
Okay... I think I need a little hand holding and last minute tips.
Tonight I will "start" my 55 gallon. (I view "starting" as putting some form of life in the tank, i.e. planting some of the plants)
I'm going to go with dry start. I have 3 x 9liter bags of amazonia in the tank... sloped, with some petrified wood making a bit of an iwagumi scape. I will be planting Eleocharis acicularis 'Mini' and spraying it and the surrounding soil with water to dampen it.
Not going to go crazy with the light at first.
I have a fourth bag of amazonia. Should I add it now? Is there any "problem" association with having more substrate than technically needed? I know it leeches amonia like crazy, which is part of why I'm doing a dry start to begin with. I also don't mind doing lots of water changes and waiting for full cycling before adding fish. If it will be beneficial to me in the long run to have a nice thick layer, I'll add it now. If it would be harmful to have that much of it, I will not add it and see if I can return it.
What should my dampening routine be? Just keep it moist, mist-spraying a couple of times per day?
Light options, there are two for the moment.
1. My boyfiend's old 48" long light... for his tank it provided just enough light for an anibus plant to grow pretty well. Sorry I don't have specific specs.
2. BUILDMYLED Freshwater Planted LED for a few hours each day?
Thanks for all your help!