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Best options for a quad bulb T5 assembly on a 55 gallon tank with no CO2?

I have a quad bulb, T5 assembly and J am not running CO2 in my tank. What would be the best options for my lighting? I want to keep this assembly for when I eventually upgrade to a larger tank and start using CO2, but for this moment in time which lights should I get, I need at least two bulbs since the power cords activate two bulb slots at a time. The fixture came with two T5 HO and two actenik, which are obviously worthless for me lol.
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I run 2 6700k and 1 5000k flora and 1 10,000k daylight on mine
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I run 2 6700k and 1 5000k flora and 1 10,000k daylight on mine
Is that with no CO2 or ferts? Do you have any algae problems?
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I would think depending on the fixture that even with only 2 bulbs running you will still need to raise it up off the tank somewhat to get a low enough level to avoid algae. If the lights has poor reflectors you may be ok with a shortened photo period, but will leave that advice to the more experienced. This is assuming they are T5HO bulbs. If they are the NO bulbs then with 2 running you should be fine I would think but again Id get a second opinion.

Check the charts in the PAR sticky. Will give you general idea what your shooting for, and with no CO2 that would be low/low-medium lighting.

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A little bit of algae is acceptable since I will have two bristlenose plecos in the tank, and two pictus catfish (which will eat anything). I am thinking about running a single 6500K light with a 10000K and two colormax bulbs. Would that be acceptable?
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You'll need to raise the fixture maybe 2ft to avoid algae problems.

Get some Amano shrimp, otocinclus or a Siamese Algae eater to fight algae as well.

Also, you can have some floating plants(salvinia or frogbit being the easier ones) to reduce the intensity of your lighting as well.
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I've got some frogbit in the mail right now, however if I want to have any otocinclus then I'll have to change the fish I want to keep lol, I wanted two pictus catfish.
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Pictus's will get awfully large. Might eventually tear up some plants.
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