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Question 55 gallon lighting?

Im looking to make my 55 gallon planted (highly planted)(Pretty high lighting) about 150 watts. so around 3 wpg. What would you suggest?
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Do you have a enclosure for the lights?

Also you are going to find that you have to compromise to get this lighting level. Most commonly used solutions will either put you above or below that figure.
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I dont have the lighting yet. I have a walmart enclosure with two 24 inch bulbs. I was thinking maybe of a dual strip with something around that wattage. Not MH way too much money. What would you recommend for above that wattage, and below that wattage??
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if you can spare about 300 bucks, get the tek t5 4x54. Its the best light you can buy in my (biased) opinion.

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http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113345 That's what I use, it works for now, but I am planning on adding a bit more once I get my Co2 up and going in a few weeks. But then, that's just my limited personal experience, I've only been planted since January!

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The tek is alright...a DIY retro T5 kit with icecap reflectors is much better...
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FWIW

Using pressurized CO2 and Ferts:
2 55watt AHS PC lighting works well for me.

When I did 4 55watt PC lights, it was too much and couldn't keep BBA and Hair algae under control.

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I like the coral life one that Melissa talked about. I think i might get that. What range would that put me in. Medium? Low? High? The ah supply is too much of a pain in the A$$ to put together. Could i retrofit it so that it goes in my walmart enclosures??? I did it with my 10 gallon tank and it works perfect. If i can i will probably just get that.
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I have approx 2.36 WPG with my Coralife fixture. No Co2 (yet!), very mild dosing of ferts, and no major issues except diatoms, I just put two Otos in to help clean that up a bit. I don't know about retrofitting it, I just put mine over the glass versa-top for now. It's not an unattractive fixture, just wish it were in black so it blended a bit better with the tank/stand etc. My husband is building a Canopy for the tank, so it won't be visible for too much longer.

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I think i am going to get a coral life. The one im going to get is 2x65 watts cf's. Do you think this will be enough lighting in my tank??? I am planning on going medium to high tech on it...
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Get the 4x65w, you'll be glad you did if you ever want more light. You could also stagger each bulb so that both are only on at the same time for a couple hours.
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I would go with an AH Supply 2x55 watt kit. It will mount in your existing fixture and give you more light than the Coralife.
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I think i am going to get a coral life. The one im going to get is 2x65 watts cf's. Do you think this will be enough lighting in my tank??? I am planning on going medium to high tech on it...
That's the light that I have over my 55g. Its roughly 2.36wpg and works well. It will put you into the low end of medium light.

The same light is available with 4 x 65watt also:

48" Coralife Aqualight™ Deluxe Series - Double Linear Strip with 4-65 watt 6,700K™ Compact Fluorescent Lamps Straight Pin Base with Cooling Fans

$195. "2 On/Off switches and 2 power cords for separate timers."--Gives much better control over lighting options via photoperiod.

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IMO....MH(metal halide) is the best..but power compacts would be a good second choice!
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So like usual I went ahead and listened to good ol' Rex... I got the 2x55 watt kit from AH supply. I think this will work best for me because i can retrofit it to the existing lighting enclosure like I did on my 10 gallon tank. I cant wait to get my 55 going. I just dont have enough room in the 10 for the things that i dream about
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