Originally Posted by Lumpy
Oh, trust me. I've moved those plants around so much that you would think that I have OCD too.
Plus, I have a 5 gallon w/ a few plants as well. When they get too big for that tank, I move them to my 55 gallon.
My main problem at the moment, (besides slow growth), is green spot and black beard algae. I recently adjusted my photoperiod by using a timer and I only have 84 watts of usable light, plus 28w Roseate.
I get GSA and BBA too. The oto catfish and SAEs help some but not completely. I honestly don't think they can be avoided. Just peel off a few leaves once in a while to reduce the ugly factor.
On my 55G I have a 54W T5 HO 6500K "full daylight" and two 15W 18" T8 6500K, so 138 total watts of full spectrum. I also have a 54W T5 HO 5500K Roseate.
I will say this - given your total wattage, I'd dump the Roseate. Depth penetration of 5000-5500K lighting is pretty poor, so it will only affect your tallest plants and even then, it's only going to help certain ones. It makes my Ludwigia turn downright pick, for example. But it doesn't even get to my crypts because they're too deep. You'd be better off adding another 28W of 6500K full spectrum light.