Currently i have 30 zebra danios and 1 pleco. I have 1 watt per gallon i guess? (2 lights, 40 watts a piece). One is a standard light that came with the tank, and the other is an 18k light. I still dont know why the tank isnt done cycling. Im at class and cant remember my water specifications off the top of my head. I scraped off the alge on the sides of the tank and turned off the lights for the last 2 days, so the sides are still squeeky clean, but the plants, decorations, and gravel is still brown.
i would like to put some live plants in there, but i dont want to change my substrate, upgrade my lighting, and all the junk that comes with a planted aquarium.
i just started working at PETsMART in the specialty department (fish, birds, small animals) lol, so ill be learning more as i go (hopefully). they have a planted aquarium set up and nothing really special about it, doesnt seem like too much more light than i have in my tank... would putting 2 18k, 40 watt lights over my tank be ok for some plants? and maybe just have the lights on for a little longer than usual?
also, would brown alge on the gravel mess with my cycling process?