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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Question Lighting for Marineland 56 Gallon Column?

So I'll start with the fact that I know NOTHING about lights. I've had a 20 gallon set up off and on for the last 15 years but I was fortunate enough that it came with a good light.
I recently purchased the aforementioned aquarium and want to set it up very soon. I am aiming for an 'amazon biotope' for my Black Ghost Knifefish. I still haven't decided 100 percent on substrate but it will likely be dirted.

So... Talk to me like I'm five. I have tried and tried to understand the whole lighting deal but I just can't. I have spent hours looking for a light to buy/order but I can't figure it out.

The tank is going to be pretty heavily planted with mostly easy to grow plants. I am sticking to plants that are native to South and Central America. I would LOVE to have Dwarf Baby Tears (South American Native) as a carpet in the front, but I've heard it's hard to grow.

I will appreciate ANY suggestions of specific light fixtures or any explanation of what I need to get. Thanks in advanced!
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Here's an old picture of my Ghost Knife, Wallace, chilling in his current tank. He's outgrowing it very quickly, hence my need for a new one. Who couldn't love that face?
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It is 30 inches long, 18 inches wide and 24 inches tall. The odd dimensions are to accommodate my ghost knife
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No one has any suggestions?
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