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Just started my first planted tank. Let me know what you think...I'm a saltwater guy but always wanted to try a planted.
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Do I need a blue and purple lights on my tank? I have t5's 2 white 1 blue and 1 purple...is it nessisary? If not what would you suggest??

Also, what's a good co2 system do go with on a 55 without breaking the bank? I'm gonna start dosing flourish and excel in the next couple days...I've had my reef tank running for 4 years now but I'm totally new to planted tanks, and kind of jumped into on a whim.
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I run one 10000K and one 6700k over my 55, both t5 HO. Atinic (blue) bulbs don't do much for plants. I raised mine to ~ 8 inches over the tank and that has helped with algae. Lots of CO2 options but I would spend the extra $ for a two stage regulator to avoid end of tank dump.
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The varigated leaf (white & green) plant on the right drowns under water but does very well in a pot on the window. Other than that it's a good start.
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So what are some suggestions for co2 systems? Links?

The v- it came in a variety pack that I bought from live aquaria...but I'll get it outta there, thanks for the heads up!
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Nice start to the 55G planted tank.

As for C02 I just setup my system in the last week I purchased this Aquatek premium regulator as well as a 5# C02 tank from amazon as well as C02 tubing and a Fluval diffuser for just about 200$ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009WTXYN0/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
So far the build quality is pretty good, the solenoid stays cool to the touch and other then the initial setup the bubble count has stayed exactly where I left it from day to day. Although I do plan to replace the Fluval diffuser with the ISTA Max Mix CO2 Reactor to get better C02 Dispersion in my 55G but that is a month or so away at this point.

I went with the Aquatek Reg for the simple fact that cost was a major factor and DIY just wasn't cutting it for me any longer. I read all the reviews I could find both positive and negative, from all my research I made the decision to go with them as they have a pretty good track record. And most of the negative comments people made were about the needle valve so I'm more then capable of swapping in a better one if the need should arise, sadly the alternatives they usually suggested generally cost twice as much if not more thereby placing them outside of my budget constraints.

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My green leaf aquarium regulator has been awesome. http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-re...ulator-v3.html I ordered a 5# co2 tank from http://www.bvrgelements.com/product/...5-lb-CO2-Tank/

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Do I need to add an air pump and air stones, until I get the co2?
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