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Ok. I am thinking of getting either a 55 gallon or a 50. Right know I have a stand and glass top that will fit the 50 but I think 3 foot lights might be hard to find. Or do you think I should go with the 55 and build a stand, have it open top and use the easy and cheap 4 foot shoplights?


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I like the width of the 50G. It is 18" compared to the 55G's 13". You should be able to find a 36" PC fixture or whip one up yourself.

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Definately the 50
Like Mike said the 18" width opens up a whole world of planting options.. 55 watt pcs from AHSupply are 22" end to end, I used 3 of those over a 56G column tank 30 x 18 and it grew beautifully...

Heres how they looked in the canopy... http://www.buckmanshome.com/DIYcanopy.html
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Buck,

I put two of the 96 watt quads over a 56 column recently, one over each side of the center brace. I'll get some pics later, but itsn't that a great size tank? It's perfect for my oversized lace plants.

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As the keeper of 2 55gal. tanks I have to agree 100% with the above responses and would recommend the 50. 55s are nice tanks, but very limiting when it comes to aqua scaping because of the narrowness of depth front to back.
And lighting for them should not be too much of a problem.

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Okay. 50 it is. Do they make 36" shoplights? That is what I'm looking to get because I have a low budget. Like Llllooooowwww. Say around 400 canadian for everything cept the fish. (I'll bribe my dad for those) Hehe.


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It may be too late, but have you considered a 75 gallon? It is the best of both worlds so to speak. It is 4 feet long (easy lighting) and 18" front to back (much nicer depth).

It will cost a little more, probably about $200 instead of $100, but in the scheme of the whole system, that is probably a relatively small percentage. Plus, the signifgantly cheaper/easier lighting may well make up for that. If you use a 4' tank, you can work out a pretty inexpensive and very effective lighting system using standard flourescent bulbs. If you use a 3' tank, you'll need to use CFs to get comparably effective lighting, but you will spend a good bit more to do it. You could light the 75g with (1) 4 light ballast ($20 each) from Home Depot, driving a total of (4) 4' bulbs, for roughly 160 watts of light. To do compact fluorescents over the 50g, you'll spend about $65 with AHSupply to put 2 55 watt lights over the tank. Figure in 2 $20 CF bulbs or 4 $10 normal bulbs, and you're looking at $105 to light the 50g at 2 watts/gallon versus $60 to light the 75 gallon at 2 watts/gallon. That is already half of the price difference in the tanks. If you wanted about 4 watts/gallon, you can double the price difference meaning the additional light cost would eat up the entire tank price diffence.

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36" triple tube $100

All-Glass has a triple tube flourescent that would give you 90 watts over 50 gallons. The 9325K bulbs included are super and plants love them. From online sources that is $100US
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All-Glass also have the 36 PC 2x55w that comes with the GE 9325K. That is what I have on my 50G. You can find it on the web for about US$100.
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