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need help starting my first planted tank

So ive always wanted to start a planted tank and i recently bought a 50 gallon bow front the light that came with the tank was partially broken so i went on craigslist and found a coralife light fixture with a 96 watt light for $50 so i went and got it and feel like its the perfect time to start a planted tank.

all i know is i will be getting some eco-complete and was going to use the DIY yeast Co2 thing.

any help would be much appreciated
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What kind of light fixture do you have (exactly)? You may have more light than you anticipate, causing you to have algae problems right off the bat.

In addition, DIY CO2 will not really work for a tank your size, unless you are using multiple bottles, that are staggered, etc. In short, it will be a lot of hassle to maintain the DIY CO2, and I would strongly recommend you go with pressurized CO2.

What kind of plants do you want to grow? What kind of maintenance do you want to do on a weekly basis? And of course, finally, how much money can you/do you want to spend?

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What kind of light fixture do you have (exactly)? You may have more light than you anticipate, causing you to have algae problems right off the bat.

In addition, DIY CO2 will not really work for a tank your size, unless you are using multiple bottles, that are staggered, etc. In short, it will be a lot of hassle to maintain the DIY CO2, and I would strongly recommend you go with pressurized CO2.

What kind of plants do you want to grow? What kind of maintenance do you want to do on a weekly basis? And of course, finally, how much money can you/do you want to spend?
well all i know is that its a 20" coralife with one of these bulbs http://www.amazon.com/Power-Compact-.../dp/B0002AQ3N6

i dont have the money to have a pressurized Co2 system, i have weekends free so any maintinece needed i can do then, but im a student and sice summer is coming up i will have more time for the tank. i want to grow large plant that grow fast in a pefect world but mainly want to have plants that go with an amazon river look. i have money to spend but not a crapload
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Just some basics..

Light is pretty important - for an adequate amount of light you want approximately 3 watts per gallon, so ideally for a 50g you would look for a 150watt output from your lighting system (light is 96 watts per link you posted), but for low light plants the wattage may be ok.

But if indeed its the same type of bulb that you've put a link to you reallyneed to change it out to a non-antic light (antic or the bluish light is used in salt water) like a light temperature of 10,000k or lower..

You can use flourish excel (liquid carbon) along with plant ferts...and a good dosing schedule.
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But if indeed its the same type of bulb that you've put a link to you reallyneed to change it out to a non-antic light (antic or the bluish light is used in salt water) like a light temperature of 10,000k or lower..
what would happen if i left that bulb in freshwater
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Some people say that it harms your plants...I dont know about that, but your plants will not grow as well...it all has to do with the wavelength of light that plants use to grow..

But to get your plants growing on the cheap... DIY carbon, get some excel and ferts and change the bulb that should do it..
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