I have a Hagen CO2
filter (plan on adding a second ladder in a few months). The kind that uses yeast. I had a HORRIBLE scare with a Hydro compression CO2
system that nearly killed my ghost so now I'm avoiding anything but the yeast systems.
I use SeaChem Flourish and Brightwell Iron for my plants (I avoid Excel version - killed a khuli loach even though I followed instructions carefully).
I'm using CaribSea Floramax Planted Aquarium Substrate under my Peace River gravel Florida Aqua Farms "It's Clear" which I is amazing (my tank is crystal clear) to deal with floating stuff. I've been buying Hikari Carnivore (ironically was for my ghost but ALL the fish like it) which seems to be less messy. I'm being very careful to not overfeed.
I was debating on swapping out one now that I've read your post. This setup comes with two white bulbs that are the SunWave version but I did see a Flora version that 6700. Would it be ok to put in a 6700 version with the two sun versions? I'm still learning about the wavelength thing. I'd read that exchanging both blue bulbs might lead to algae so I'm a little paranoid due to my avoidance of the compression CO2
Also, is there a difference between bulb companies? Are all HO
T5's compatible or do I have to buy the bulb made by the same company? I suspect not BUT I'd rather ask someone whose been doing this a lot longer. At this point, I'm like a new mother with a 3 month old whose on a learning curve.