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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-20-2008, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I want to make my 55 a low tech tank for now.

As for the equipment I have:

2 WPG thru AHSupply Retro 2x55W 65K Bulbs
Fluval 405 Canister Filter
Florite Substrate
Pressurized Co2
Dry ferts

So with my equipment basiclly I want to create a lower maintaince tank.
Would I be able to do this with my equipment? I dont mind doing pressurized Co2 and Ferts if i have too, as I have all of this already,
but I didnt want to do the EI method due to the maintaince and changing 50% of the water each week. I want lower maintaince for this tank.

Im just not sure how to ultilize my equipment to make this a low maintaince planted tank that still yields good results?

So one of my questions is the lighting, if the light is too much to be considered low Tech, If I only ran them for 6-8 hrs, would that help, and any other tips, or suggestions to make this work?
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Are the lights run on one ballast or two separate ones?

If two, run one for most of the day and the other for 3-5 hours.

And then sell your CO2 setup to me.
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Since I have 2 seperate lights I dont think I could do this. The tank is 48" long, and I have (2) 24" lights. I could have 1 turn on but only 1 side of the tank would be lit and I dont think this would balance out the light.

Id sell you my Co2 but eventually I will go High tech so I dont want to part with the co2 system
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Since I have 2 seperate lights I dont think I could do this. The tank is 48" long, and I have (2) 24" lights. I could have 1 turn on but only 1 side of the tank would be lit and I dont think this would balance out the light.

Id sell you my Co2 but eventually I will go High tech so I dont want to part with the co2 system
Ah, no, that wouldn't work.

Meh, Maxed out my 6-port manifold. I'm on the hunt for a new setup.
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Since lighting is one of the main factors that tells plants how fast to grow, I think as long as you don't run too long a photoperiod you should be able to achieve a low-maintenance tank with your setup. Plant species selections will also factor in (ie, once the tank has established, slowly reduce the number of fast-growing stems, and go with more rooted plants like swords, crypts, etc)

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