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Converting over 55g to plants
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01-28-2013, 08:47 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Corpus Christi, Tx
Hey Cecil, I think you're going to be happy with the change. I converted a 55gl to a planted tank about a year ago. My first as well, so a huge learning curve. Heck, I'm still learning, lol.
Take everything I say with a grain of salt, as I stated, I'm still learning myself.
Two T5HO lights over a 55 gallon would be closer to high tech. I see you mention DIY CO2. I found that doesn't work well, if at all, once you get to 55g and larger tanks. If you want CO2 for a 55g it would be best to purchase a CO2 tank, regulator, etc. Otherwise you’re setting yourself up for algae issues.
If you want to stay low tech (no CO2) and still use the lights purchased, you can raise them higher and/or filter them with window screen or something similar.
The bulbs, I would lose the 4100k. Switch it out with something between 6000k-10,000k (I'd suggest a 6500k).
Sorry, I can't help you with the filter or substrate as I've never used an Odyssea filter or flora max substrate (I've only used sand so far).
Overall it sounds like your starting off better than I did
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