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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-30-2013, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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40 Gallon Breeder or a 55 Gallon?

I'm planning on doing a low tech tank, either a 40 breeder or a 55 gallon with mainly Congo Tetras. Just a giant school of them. Not sure how many will fit in either size tank comfortably. I also thought of adding a pair of German Blue rams as well. I'm thinking of going with the 40 gallon breeder, I feel it gives you more room for aquascaping and not such a PITA to get into when you have short arms like I do!

My main question is lighting. I wanted it to be a Medium Light tank, I don't want to have to do CO2 but I want to be able to gross some decent plants.

What kind of lighting would you all suggest?

Also substrate, I hear good things about Fluorite and Eco Complete? Any preference?
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I'm running 3 Walmart Clip On light with 13 watt CFL's on my 40b low tech, no issues.

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I'm running 3 Walmart Clip On light with 13 watt CFL's on my 40b low tech, no issues.
I just looked at your tank journal. That looks pretty snazzy! I bet it's inexpensive too.

I don't understand the timing though with the lights? I really don't understand lighting so please excuse my stupid questions.
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My mate runs a 50 gal with 25 Congo tetra and has done for some time without issue, AQAdviser says around 27 for this size so I would say, 20 ct in the 40 gall and 30 ct in the 55 gal?
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I have a 55g which is nice but for scaping it's nice to have a wider tank.

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I just looked at your tank journal. That looks pretty snazzy! I bet it's inexpensive too.

I don't understand the timing though with the lights? I really don't understand lighting so please excuse my stupid questions.
Thanks! The clip-on lights are pretty cheap $7 each and got a 3-pack CFL for the same price. I use timing with my lights to control/prevent algae - 5 hrs on, 4 hrs off (siesta), 5 hrs on

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I vote 40B as well, the dimensions are nice for creating depth in the scape
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+1 on the 40b.

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Agree on the 40 gallon breeder, I have 55's and I wish i have the footprint a 40 has, you can only do some much with 12 inches (thats what she said)

I used to have fish tanks. Now I have plant tanks.
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You can always get a 65gal. 40B footprint and 24inch tall
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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-02-2013, 01:26 AM
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40B!!! Or 65 if you can't really decide from either one

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Another vote for the 40.
The 55 really has a less than ideal dimensions for anything really, even fish without plants.
You want a nice, deep footprint, especially for planting.
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40 Breeder is definitely nicer than the 55 gallon. After you have a deeper tank,the 12-13 inch deep tanks just look too narrow. When I see 55 gallon tanks set up at a local lfs I can't believe how close that back wall seems to be. That extra 6 inches of depth really makes a difference.
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For lighting you can go with the home depot clamp lamp X4 ($8.50 each) Just remove the clamp assembly and get some screw in cfl's. That's what I did after seeing it somewhere (may have been this site).
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I got a 50g breeder.

36x18x19.

Great compromise. I had a 55, and it is a great tank but you are somewhat limited on the scape. I was able to make something nice but always wanted more depth. 40b were hard to find that had good seals (long story) With this 50g its perfect and im super happy.
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