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So after many many years, I'm going to do another planted tank. I would like to get a Fluval Olsaka 155 aquarium set. It's a 41 gallon tank 24 x 18 x 24. The lighting is 2 24 w T-5 HO 6,700 k. Is this enough light? I plan to add a little co2 but I was brought up on the old 3 watts per gallon rule, so I'm confused. I just want to know if I could grow a variety of plants OK with this set up. Thanks
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Fluval Osaka's are awesome setups.

You could do a "low light" setup with what you have. There's plenty of plants you can grow with that amount of light.
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I have the same light on a 30g with pressurized CO2, and I can grow most plants. The wpg rule does not apply to T5's really, it may be a "general rule of thumb" for most lights, but not T5's. The trick is finding the balance of light,co2 and plants to not promote algae growth.


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That tank, stand, light combo looks so good.
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t5's are much more effecient than other bulbs that work well with the wpg rule such as t-12's and t8's. when i say much more effecient, talk to hoppy about his par meter readings in comparing t5's to t8's. 41 gallong is pushing it with diy co2, so can i suggest some kind of pressurized system. just trying to look out and make sure everything goes good for ya.

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