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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-31-2013, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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Question 55 Gal Build help plz

Hello all, New to the forum here obviously but have been lurking as a guest for a long time. I have had small scale lightly palnted tanks in the past but am looking to get into a hightech setup with Co2 and EI dosing as I think this will suit me best.

So with all of that being said im not sure what all i will need in terms of equipment, I know a drop checker, tank, regulato,r solenoid, needle valve, bubble coutner and a diffusion method.

I have read about many many diffrent difussion methods and this is one area i am ready to spend a good deal of cash on as it seems to be most important with injection.

As far as lighting goes i already have a dual T5 HO fixture that runs the length of the tank but will this be enough for EI and Co2 injection? I was looking for a list of ferts i will need aswell with this build. For the substrate im going to go with sand no cap methods or anything fancy just sand.

Then once i have all my equipment and ferts how do i start the tank to find my balance? Will it be ok to start with a few plants and jsut buy them as budget allows? What is the best way to start a tank like this in your opinions? Nothing is rolling yet but all im waiting on is to get the info and then place the orders.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-31-2013, 04:23 AM
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You have plenty of lighting and i would also recommend a canister filter or two for filtration. I have two on my 55g. I also recommend hooking those filter up to a rummermaid container and start a fishless cycle now so that when u get all your stuff, your filters are chalked full of the beneficial bacteria you will need for your livestock.
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