I am new to this Forum and new to planted aquaria. Over the years I have had several freshwater tanks and even a fish-only salt water tank for a while. I have not had a tank set up for at least six or seven year.
I pulled my 44 gallon pentagon tank out of storage. At this point I have a whole 50lb bag of Turface as a substrate. Also out of storage and set up is an Aquaclear 300 (the thing still works) and a 250w Ebo Jager Heater. I have had the aquarium and Aquaclear set up for about two & one-half months (I am a procastinator). I inserted the heater yesterday. That how it sits today.
Sorry for being so wordy. Now to my question.
With the 50 lbs of substrate, the substrate is about 19 inches from the glass canopy. I really do not want to go with CO2 injection at this time, maybe later (I know I will be somewhat limited in my plant choice). Due to the odd shape of the tank, I am finding it difficult to get a rectangular shaped light fixture that will sit on the glass canopy with-out a 2 inch or more overhang on each side. The only fixture that I can find is a Coralife Aqualight Power Compact Fixture with a 6700K 96W bulb. The fixture measurs 20" x 7" and will fit the aquarium without overhang.
Can I get away with this fixture that will yield almost 2.4 watts per gallon or do I need to find another alternative?
Thank you in advance for your comments & suggestions. I will also need advice on fertilization,etc. I have been reading alot, but alot of the stuff I read seems to be contradictory.
Again, Thank you,