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Old 10-20-2005, 09:15 PM   #1
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what do I need?


I am going to be setting up a 55 gal . planted tank and am a bit confused about what lighting product I need...So speak slowly..lol

These are the plants I am planning on putting in so far ( A low/med tank):

back:
wysteria
red flame
corkscrew

Middle:
creeping rush

Front:
javamoss
Cuban broad leaf chain

I am confused about when you all talk about the lighting "tech" part of it, is there a particular "ligh bulb holder" I need to get?
Where do I get?
Etc...

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Old 10-21-2005, 12:51 AM   #2
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Do you have the light(s) that came with the tank?

If not are you going to have a wooden canopy?

If not do you want one?

Take a look at www.ahsupply.com. The 2x55 watt kit would be perfect. They also sell some nice basic enclosures for holding the kits.
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Old 10-21-2005, 02:11 AM   #3
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Do you have the light(s) that came with the tank?

If not are you going to have a wooden canopy?

If not do you want one?

Take a look at www.ahsupply.com. The 2x55 watt kit would be perfect. They also sell some nice basic enclosures for holding the kits.

I am getting the tank next week, this is why I want to know befor I go buy a "kit" , like what walmart sells with the tank and hood /light and filter deal..Because I know I need a different filter than what comes with it, so with the lights I want to figure out the same thing..So I want to make it cost effective ....

Just triing to get a plan befor I spend any actual money yet, so I don't find myself needing something completly different and wasting money.

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Old 10-21-2005, 02:36 AM   #4
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Sorry about my first reply. So much about these tanks is personal preference. I will try this again. If you have not already bought a tank, try not to limit yourself to the standard 55 gallon. While shallow tanks are great for showing fish off, a lot of people think they are harder to plant because of lack of depth (not much depth for foreground, mid-ground and background planting). You might find, after thinking of it a bit it is worth going to a 75 gallon, or that a 30 gallon cube might show off your plants better. I personally chose a 58 (which is essentially a 75 with 12 inches cut off). There are tons of opinions and options - do a search on the board too.

As for light, the rule of thumb is about 2 watts per gallon for what you are talking about I think. Some lights are more efficient than others – aesthetics, diy skills, and personal preference are all important here. I have dropped almost $400 into my main light (a 250 watt metal halide pendent – and at the moment am lighting my tank with an odno shop light that cost a whopping $40 . No they are not comparable – I still love the hqi pendent for various aesthetic reasons– but I think the plants could care less. If it was not in my living room, I probably would not either.

Actually have two shop lights on the tank, one ondo,one nomral output. They are pumping arround 170 watts - but are 4ft bulbs over a 3 ft tank. Your guess is as good as mine on the watt/gallon I actually have.
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same stuff holds true for filters. I could say get a Eheim 2217. No doubt in my mind you would be happy. Others will say get a xp3 (more flow, maybe a little louders). (looks like a good current thread and heated discussion is happening on those two today (http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=22249) On the otherhand, perhaps you would rather spend $30 and use a mattenfilter.
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same goes for substraite as well I guess - but will try not to talk about mineralized topsoil... Each of these ideas can save money - sometimes. On the otherhand, you probably would not regret getting the good stuff, and sometimes people do regret cutting corners.
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I second that. If you don't already have the 55 gallon then look at a different size tank.
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So as far as the tank are you suggesting I find one that is deeper than the standard 55 gal.?

Thank You guys for all the helpfull info!

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To avoid possible confusion, I believe depth in this case, means the distance from front to back.
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To avoid possible confusion, I believe depth in this case, means the distance from front to back.

That is correct. The next size 4' long tank is a 75 gallon. It's 18" front to back. Then you go to the 90 gallon which is 18" wide and 25" tall. Then if you want a monster you can go with the 120 gallon which is 24" front to back and 25" tall.

There are also some really nice 3" long tank sizes.
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