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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-09-2015, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Well I'm starting to assemble tomorrow so honestly at this point I'll be looking for opinions. First off lighting? I plan on starting with a single 36" finnex planted+. I've found conflicting information regarding this being enough for a high tech 40b. Some people say it will spread and others say it won't? Two of them without dimmer I know will be too much so what are you running? If a single isn't enough should I add maybe a stingray?


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two planted plus are good for med-high light depending on how far they are apart. i have one on a 75g for low to med light spread out with mainly med-high light plants in the middle to back area of the tank and it is working really well, and i have one on a 33long that is 48x12x12.5 from substrate and its definitely high lighting but everything is growing great with the extra fish i have in there with just osmocote plus root tabs


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two planted plus are good for med-high light depending on how far they are apart. i have one on a 75g for low to med light spread out with mainly med-high light plants in the middle to back area of the tank and it is working really well, and i have one on a 33long that is 48x12x12.5 from substrate and its definitely high lighting but everything is growing great with the extra fish i have in there with just osmocote plus root tabs

I think I'm going to just have to go by trail and error. At about 15" from substrate it should he pretty high par but it's just the spread I'm worried about.


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I would start off with one and see how things go.


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My stones are in! I'm pretty happy with the selection and think I can come up with something nice.




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Just got my stand in and got it built. Things are coming together.




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My 38g planted tank did not do well under one 24/7 Finnex. Added a second one and things started growing again and algae diminished.
I would think the same would be true with a 40b.
Too much light is easier to deal with than too weak.


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I have it cycling already and the single 36" seems to make the spread no problem and par looks high given the light is only about 15" from the substrate. I think I may be ok with one. I'll post some pictures once the dust settles a little.


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It's a little cloudy from the Florite but should clear up just fine in a couple days. Thanks to a generous forum member I was able to plant HC fairly thick. I think the single Finnex Planted+ is going to work out fine. Time will tell.






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Clearing up nicely and given the fact I added a fully cycled eheim 2215 I added 6 cardinals to keep the bacteria thriving. I can't wait till the HC starts to fill in. It seems the single 36" planted+ is sufficient.




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I've decided on a stocking list.

25 cardinals
12 Dwarf Cory
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I'm going to add all the cardinals first to allow the HC to root before I add any bottom feeders. I'm super excited to see a shoal of 12 dwarf Cory.



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Also all the equipment you see is temporary. It will all be gone.


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The only filter I'm running is a Eheim Classic 2215. You think it will handle that kind of load?

25 Cardinals or Neons
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8 Otocinclus
This is from your other thread, lol.
The 2250 is rated for 264 GPH, so with your tank you're looking at 6.6x turnover per hour. Not bad but not the best. You could add a sponge to the intake and increase your biological filtration. And like I said in the other thread make sure you do your WCs!! You should be fine with your final stock(possbly even more cardinals!!) as all these fish would contribute little to the bioload. Make sure the Otos get plenty to eat and you'll have a great display!

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