So I just redid my divided 20 gallon. I got a stand for it as it was too close to the window and algae was taking over and killing off my plants! I also got some more pieces of driftwood, got my lights on a timer, and ordered some new plants from Planted Aquariums Central. My plants came in and I got them all in the tank and it looks GREAT! Which makes me really, really want to keep them alive, despite my black thumb! I have root tabs buried for the rooting plants, and I also have SeaChem Flourish fertilizer (if someone could give me a good dosage schedule for this, I would really appreciate it!). Now I'm just concerned that my lighting isn't good enough. I'm not exactly sure what type bulb I have, as it was just the original bulb that came with my hood. On the back it says it's a 30" fluorescent aquarium reflector that's 120 volts, 20 watts, and 60 hz
. It's set to be on from 5 PM to 11 PM
as these are the hours I'm home during the fall and can enjoy my tank. Do I need a new bulb? Should I have the light on longer? My plants are as follows: Green Tiger Lotus, Cryptocoryne Retrospiralis, Anubias Barteri 'coffeefolia', Amazon Swords, flame moss, Brazilian Pennywort, Small Swords, Java Fern, Marimo moss balls, Anubias Afzelii, and some sort of anubias that I'm not exactly sure of the species.
Sorry for the block of text, but any help from some knowledgeable plant people would be much appreciated!