This last week I got tired of the wisteria, so I ripped most of it out and replanted with some red ludwigia and some other random trimmings I grabbed from a member of another forum. Hoping they start to fill in the back soon :)
I stocked the tank with RCS - some of which ended up as food for Angelo but look...
As far as the tech part - for a while I got away with 26 watts on this 7.8g with 3 weeks of minimal CO2 (the fluval passive kit) and one week without.
I've added a 25 watt CFL for a total of ~50 watts now and have also installed a solenoid regulated 5lb CO2 tank. It's hooked up to a nano diffuser and pumps CO2 1 hour before the lights come on through their turn-off time.
As you can see in the pic above, I've had a little bit of algae growth and may have to dial it back a bit.
Lighting wise, my next plan of action is to keep the original two 13W'ers on for the 8-10 hours a day, with the 25 watt turning on for 4 hours in the middle to simulate a high noon effect.
It looks. Stunning. Absolutely stunning. I am so jealous of your tank! But not like "I wanna steal your tank" jealous, because you've worked really hard to make it that beautiful. More like "I wanna make a tank that looks like yours" jealous. :P
has your snail been eating any of the plants? its a mystery snail right?
I'm pretty sure that is a apple snail and mine never really eats the plants unless they are dead/dieing but they like to climb them. If you like them and have a tank more than 2.5 gal. I'd get one (but still research them)! They are awesome and so funny! If the temps are warm they can get big fast but shortens their life I think, but in colder temps they have a slow metabolism so don't do much and live longer. They are pretty interesting though!