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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-25-2009, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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The 55 journey

Well here is the start to the new journey. Itís been 6 or more years since I had a running tank. It seems like a lot of things have changed and a lot of things have stayed the same.

I just picked up this 55 gallon for almost nothing. Fake plants are going same with substrate.

I had to set it up on a temporary basis to make sure it didnít leak and to make sure my equipment was in working order. My wife made me leave the fake things inside.

Now its time to do some research on substrate and what types of plants I want. And new lighting the 4x15 has to go. I just a have a tight budget any suggestions would be great.

Substrate: I was thinking about going with SMS or Turface and PFS. Seems to be cheap and works for some.
Lighting: I have several 2x32 and a 4x32 T-8 ballasts lying around. Should I mess around and make my own fixture or spend a little on a T5HO I was think 2x54? I am looking for a low tech tank the moment with the option of going high tech in the future.
Thanks Joe
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-25-2009, 10:09 PM
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I also just started working on a 55 gallon tank myself. I wish you good luck with yours!
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you could easily do a good "DIY" fixture, but a 2x54 t5 will serve you well too.

looks like you have a fun project ahead of you.



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