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Lets see if I'm in the ballpark

Just got a new 125 today and we have decided to go with live plants. Never have done a totally planted tank but I have done some here and there in the past. I actually made it to Advanced Horticulturist in my local club years back.
Ok..so..
I'm looking at running 54w T5's in a combo of 6500 and 10K or maybe 9365K instead of the 10's. The bio load will be fairly large as we love rainbows and are looking to put in quite a few different types as well as other species, none of which will be hard on the plants. For substrate I have 100 lbs of small gravel that will probably be augmented with some type of sand. I suppose I'll be staying in the low tech realm but am wondering if I dose c02 on occasion or not at all, do I only add ferts or not at all, do I need to add a base layer of soil or peat or none at all. Lets just say that I've been reading a bunch and am a bit over whelmed at the planted tank. Any one have any electrical parts suppliers that I can get T5 shunted sockets so I can start on my hood build. I'm going to use 2 Workhorse 5 ballasts. Do you run your tanks on a lunar cycle at all? or just have all the lights come on at once for X amount of hours per cycle. Filtration will be most likely a cannister. Had a wet dry on my 90 in the past but being in an apartment building in Fl it was quickly taken over by Palmetto bugs (roaches) and I don't want to deal with that again..which I'm not too happy about..I like having a sump to dose in and what not. Might toss a couple sponge filters in but not certain at this point. What kind of temps are being run in your tanks? Ok..think thats all for now..I'll add more later as it comes to me.
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Hi Fred

Aqua Buys has some DIY T5 parts. They're near the middle of the page. Near the bottom of the page are some TEK II retrofits will Fulham ballasts. Click on one of them and there is a wiring "how to" if you need it.
http://www.aquabuys.com/page/aqb/CTGY/d1a

I'm working on a 3 x24w HO T5 37g aquarium. I have a plan to do sunrise, midday, noon burst, afternoon and sunset without the use of a dimmer. They only work with VHO fluorescent bulbs.

3 x 24w T5 HO Lighting Plan


I can’t use a dimmer, but I have an idea about how to have dimmer lighting using 3 x 24w T5 HO bulbs, 2 ballasts and two timers or a Coralife Power Center Timer.

I can wire two bulbs to the IceCap 660 ballast and one bulb to a WORK HORSE 3 ballast.

This is what my idea is in simple terms. For wpg, let's use 24w for the bulb with the WORK HORSE 3 Ballast and 80w for the 2 24w bulbs with the 660 ballast.
Sunrise – 1 x 24w (2 hours - 0.6 wpg - 1 x Aquaflora bulb)
Morning – 2 x 24w {overdriven to 2 x 80w} (3 hours - 2.2 wpg - 2 x Midday bulbs)
Noon Burst – 3 x 24w (2 hours - 2.8 wpg from 1 x 24w Aquaflora bulb + 2 x 24w Midday bulbs overdriven to 40w each)
Afternoon – 2 x 24w {overdriven to 2 x 80w} (3 hours - 2.2 wpg - 2 x Midday bulbs)
Sunset – 1 x 24w (2 hours - 0.6 wpg - 1 x Aquaflora bulb)
Night – all T5's off (12 hours) - use lunar lights

More details - I can set the timers and bulbs like this:
Sunrise – turn on the 1 x 24w bulb with the WORK HORSE 3 ballast
Morning – turn off the 1 x 24w bulb with the WORK HORSE 3 ballast and cut on the 2 x 24w bulbs with the 660 ballast
Noon Burst – all 3 x 24w bulbs are on
Afternoon – leave the 2 x 24w bulbs with the 660 ballast on and turn the 1 x 24w bulb with the WORK HORSE 3 ballast off
Sunset – turn off the 2 x 24w bulbs with the 660 ballast and turn on the 1 x24w bulb with the WORK HORSE 3 ballast
Night – all 3 x 24w bulbs are off and lunar lights are on


It's almost like the following diagram, but my lights come on and off in steps and not gradual increases and decreases in lighting like the picture shows.



I hope that this helps you.

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Marine Depot has a good selection of IceCap T5 parts. http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_Aquari...omponents.html

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Thanks Left but Ice cap anything is way beyond my price range..nice stuff..yes..but too expensive. The sockets I've seen around are 1.00 each or there abouts and the ballasts I'm going to be using are 25.00 each and I will run 2 sets of T5 lamps off them. I like how you are setting up your lights.
Have another question about water..whats the thought on water..RO or no..tap water..I have an RO unit. What are folks using to replenish minerals?
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I recently went soley R/O....For R/O you might try Tom Barr's GH booster to treat your R/O
http://www.aquariumfertilizer.com/Store.php


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The GH of my tap water is around 1-2 dKH. I add 3 dGH of Seachem's Equilibrium during my weekly water change. Several folks sell a cheaper version of it called GH Booster. Here's some places:
http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/aq...h-booster.html
http://www.bestaquariumregulator.com/ferts.html
http://www.aquariumfertilizer.com/Store.php


Food for thought. You mentioned that you haven't decided on your lighting. Many folks here like the Giesemann 6000K Midday bulbs.
http://www.aquabuys.com/miva/merchan...oduct_Count=13

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Theres alot I'm undecided about. Been hitting my books and posting here to get some help on those odds abd ends I have mentioned.
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