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Old 04-10-2012, 03:16 PM   #16
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For my 220 I had built a sump out of a 55gal. It had 2 corner overflows and I plumbed 2 mag drive pumps, one for each corner return. You can customize your flow with the pumps, and they dont even have to be the same size. I think I had a 750 and a 900. A filter sock for each overflow and fill it with bio-balls and youll have plenty of filtration. Mine was 72x24x31 if I remember correctly and 31"tall is a PITA to work in, if you want to change one little thing than you need to take your shirt off and get your shoulder in the water. But once its set up how you like it, talls look so nice. T5hos worked fine for me, I just needed more tubes than I had.
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:37 PM   #17
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How many tubes are you running? What spectrum? I found a light calculator on this site and I plugged it all in for a tek 60in with 8 x 80 watt t5s and the bottom of the tank would be in the high low - medium low area with is good for the taller growing plants. Plus I plan on running co2. I hope that will be more then enough. I think for filtration I'm going to a glass-hole.com overflow and fix my 55 up into a nice sump and return it with spray bar and use a couple nano power heads to keep the tank "tumbling" I use that word lightly. I know that discus are calm swimmers.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:01 PM   #18
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41", you're going to have to dive in halfway to trim anything. I think it was Tom Barr who setup a 3' tall one for a client and it was a PITA to scape and work on.

Maybe you have arms like this

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Old 04-10-2012, 04:06 PM   #19
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With such a tall tank, you can get a nice school of angels in there. or discus.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:07 PM   #20
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Well good thing I was a high school/college swimmer. But I might just be able to scape in a way that there are like 4 different levels. like bottom, two mids, and a high one. The challenge will be getting the light to spread evenly or at least sorta evenly.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:27 PM   #21
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I had a 4x 80W t5ho fixture. they were 60" tubes. But 2 of them were actinic bulbs and I never changed them out... so I never used them. So the 2x80w I had going grew plants just fine underneath them, but I needed 6 or even 8 tubes to have even growth. I would suggest 2-3 seperate fixtures so you can space them out, with between 2-4 tubes per fixture and you will have plenty of light. my 4 tube fixture was blindingly bright but they were all so close together that it only light the back or the front of the tank.
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Now i feel dumb. That makes more since. Have like 6 or 8 bulbs in one spot to spot light the bottom, but then on another fixture have 2 or 4 so that the top level plants don't get nuked.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:58 PM   #23
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With such a tall tank, you can get a nice school of angels in there. or discus.
When I was younger we had a 65 tall with a little school of angles, it was my dads tank but I loved helping with it.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:22 PM   #24
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Now i feel dumb. That makes more since. Have like 6 or 8 bulbs in one spot to spot light the bottom, but then on another fixture have 2 or 4 so that the top level plants don't get nuked.
That was the reason I mentioned Catalina - they know the lighting and they can space the bulbs any way you like. With the plants I suggested I still think the lighting is a smaller hurdle to overcome.

Do renew your scuba certification though. Snorkeling is another option
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:32 PM   #25
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I'm nervous as hell as to how I going to light it!
I found you a light right here.

http://veritascontrols.com/index.php..._Eclipse-Smart
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