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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2013, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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New 65G Plant and Fish. Please Comment on Plan.

I just got a new 65 gallon tank and I would like to try my hand with some plants. I'm looking for simplicity and wouldn't mind keeping the price down as well. Below is my equipment list.

65G Tank (36.4"L x 18.4"W x 25"H)
eco-complete plant substrate
AquaClear 70
Aqueon 200W heater
Finnex FugeRay Ultra Slim LED

Fish Stock
I'm still deciding but I would like to move my Rubber Lip Pleco out of my 26. Will he eat my plants? Other than that, I'll likely have a lot of neon tetras, and a few other tetras, guppies, catfish and mystery snails.

I'm going for low light and no CO2. If I can swing it, there are a couple of sword plants I like. I really like Java Moss too.
It will also have at least one sizable piece of driftwood, perhaps two.

One problem area is the very large volume of natural light that come into my house. I had an algae problem with my 26 so any thoughts about that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2013, 01:33 AM
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Use the light you get natural is great, change ur photoperiod accordingly,otherwise add some diy co2.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-14-2013, 01:22 AM
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I also have a 65 gallon tank of that shape. I think you will do better if you use a canister filter, even a cheaper one. I was never happy using one of those AquaClear hang on back filters.

The light you chose is very good for low light. From Finnex RAY II & FugeRAY PAR Data

It will cover the whole substrate pretty uniformly. You might find that the plants will grow towards the light, so moving the light from front to back occasionally may be necessary to discourage that.

If the sunlight in the room includes direct sun light, you will likely run into algae problems, even with low light. If you can avoid any direct sun light it should work well.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 11:41 AM
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Thanks for the educational info!

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 03:53 PM
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i agree.. just a single aquaclear 70 isn't enough filtration. i have a 55G and i use a Rena XP3 canister filter and then an aquaclear 70 hob for surface aggitation. I also added a koralia nano powerhead for water movement in the tank
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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I called Finnex and they recommended the Ray2 dual 7k since my tank is a bit taller. Too bad because they are out of 36" Ray2's.
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