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55g equipment list

Am i forgetting anything?

55g tank
Stand
Lighting (wpg? would like to be able to grow anything)
Heater (1-250w or 2-150w?)
Substrate (Eco-Complete)
Filter (Eheim 2213. Go bigger or is this ok?)
Powerhead (needed?)
10lb CO2 tank
Regulator
CO2 bubble counter
CO2 diffuser
CO2 drop checker
tubing
check valve
ferts (EI dosing)
driftwood
rocks
aquascaping tools

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At first glance, you'll need a needle valve for your CO2 system

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I would definitely go with the eheim 2217, and a small extra powerhead. Flow is your friend. I just upgraded my 2215 to the 2217 on my 38 gal and also run a small powerhead. For a skinny tank, I think that the current Nova t5ho fixtures are great and also a great price.

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also, I upgraded my heater to the hydor eth, the good flow will definitely help you with if you go with an external heater, as well.
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At first glance, you'll need a needle valve for your CO2 system
I have a post body kit on the way with valve, solenoid, etc..
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Im guessing having two heaters would be a safe bet. Also, what WPG would you suggest i try for if Im going to have pressurized CO2? 2.5? 3? 3.5? 4?

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That looks like a great light, as well-although $40 more than the Nova. For t5HO a two bulb fixture will run about 2wpg, which, I think is right on.
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WPG doesn't really apply to t5...


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WPG doesn't really apply to t5...
Ive heard this many times. If I do get a T5HO fixture, do you have any to suggest? And how many watts (T% or not) would you put over a 55?

Also, would it hurt to buy the ferts now eventhough the tank wont be started up for at least a few weeks?
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I've got a Coralife T5HO 2x54 watts 48" fixture over my 55. It's a great fixture, but too much light for me to run both bulbs without having pressurized CO2. If I were to do it all again I would just go with a NO setup b/c I don't plan on going pressurized any time soon.


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I have the Hagen GLO 48" single fixture on my 55g and it is more than enough light and that's like .9 WPG.
I would also add the Hydor inline heater an inline UV sterilizer and an inline Co2 reactor. You will soon find out that you will want to keep a lot of things out the the tank so it doesn't distract you.
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If this is your first tank you need this, if it isn't you proably have some of this stuff.
Thermometer and water test kit.
Measuring spoons and pill minder to measure out EI ferts for the week.
Dechlorinator.
Python for water changes.
Bucket. Not sure why but MUST have some.
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The primary thing needed to "grow anything" is CO2, not light. As you increase the light the thing that begins to grow better and better is algae. 55 gallon tanks are only 12 inches front to back depth, so a single fluorescent tube can light the whole tank, but it does cause the high growers to shade the low growers. So, it is better to have two tubes. But, T5HO lights are really too bright for a 20 inch high tank, so a 2 tube T5NO light would work best, giving you medium light intensity, and light from two directions to reduce the shading from the higher plants.

If you think you will want to try high light, just to see what it is like, you can use a two tube T5HO light by hanging it about 4 inches above the tank, for high light, or about 8-10 inches above the tank for medium light. A further advantage of doing that is that you can run the tank topless, so, with the light up out of the way, you can easily do routine minor maintenance in the tank anytime you walk by it - pick out dead leaves, prune extra fast growing plants, "fluff" the plants to keep them clean of debris, etc. And, T5HO lights and bulbs are more available than T5NO.

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