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what to do? convert 55g or buy a 40b

I have a 55g now but not sure I want to do planted in it due to height. I dont mind selling just the tank and hoods and getting a 40b. Just not sure. Either way I will most likely get 2 finnex lights with what ever tank I choose. Even bml says I should run 2 fixtures. I have the pumps and co2 just not sure. Any advice would be appreciated. Pros and cons. Thanks
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While a 55 isn't a great tank to try to grow carpet of DHG. It's great tank for Madagascar Lace. It's also a great Riparium tank.

I inherited a 56C from a fellow TPT member that moved to Hong Kong for work. I set it up as a Riparium. I feel it's better to aquascape to what the tank is best suited for.
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the pros of the 55 is the length

the pros of the 40 is the width

it just comes down to what kind of aquascape you want to do and which you would better benefit from, length or width.
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Is either tank better for schooling fish?
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the longer 55 would be better for schooling fish
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Thanks for the replies so far. Much appreciated. What about lights? 1 planted plus and 1 ray 2 ds or 2 ray 2 ds? What to be able to grow any plants and have no shaded areas.
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lately ive been recomending these t5ho fixtures to everyone, with these you will need to hang them a good 8" above the tank, but youll be able to grow anything your heart desires with this fixture.

http://www.amazon.com/Sun-Blaze-T5-42-Includes/dp/B003106Z0K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389474396&sr=8-1&keywords=sun+blaze+42

But a single 48" Finnex Ray 2 would give you enough light to grow anything you want too.


here is a really good looking 55 that i like a lot.

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Sean - That's a pretty insane deal. However, I'd wonder about the workmanship.

I bought a 4' 4 x T5 light from amazon for my Aquaponic system. Found al the sockets to be mis-allinged. For me not really a problem. I disassembled it, tweeked it a bit and it works fine. Not everyone is a DIY guy though. Still one couldn't buy the lights for that price.

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That particular fixture has a 1 year warranty on the fixture itself and a 5 year warranty on the ballasts

Also make sure you saw that the shipping was like $50
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