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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Substrate heating cables are questionable for their worth. They can help, but I would focus my expense on more critical areas, such as lighting and CO2. The heated Eheim would work wonderfully. So would a standard high-quality tube heater, but if you do not want the clutter, a filter with an integrated heater is a great way to go.
The four 65w Power Compact lights will provide marginally adequate light for a planted tank. Especially with the taller tank you're contemplating. Also, since you're looking at a six foot wide tank, the 2 foot long 65w PC's will not provide even coverage. I would consider six 65w bulbs or four 96w (3 foot) bulbs to ensure even distribution of light across the entire substrate.
- Sam P -
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