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Does having a fishless tank make anything easier? I'm trying to decide between a terrarium and planted tank. One advantage I like is no filter. I'm tired of crappy canisters and HOB's. I may eventually build my own canister, but I want to put that of for now. I know I need some water flow and figured I'd just get a koralia for that. Also do standard shoplights give enough light. I'm thinking about 4 40w T12's over a 75g.
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Does having a fishless tank make anything easier? I'm trying to decide between a terrarium and planted tank. One advantage I like is no filter. I'm tired of crappy canisters and HOB's. I may eventually build my own canister, but I want to put that of for now. I know I need some water flow and figured I'd just get a koralia for that. Also do standard shoplights give enough light. I'm thinking about 4 40w T12's over a 75g.
Sure, you don't need fish to cycle your tank fast. Just get a lot of plants or add some mulm from another tank. You can also transfer your currently running HOB or filter that you're not using for awhile to that tank and help it cycle.

I highly do NOT recommend using shoplights, especially with the other alternatives that are not so expensive. T5s and AH Supply comes to mind, they are much more efficient and better in getting light into your tank than some crappy shoplight. Save your money and use it on a good light fixture that has good reflectors. Reflectors on a light fixture is one of the keypoints to what a good light fixture is all about. AH supply is mainly known for their superb reflectors. www.ahsupply.com . Shoplight reflectors just plain suck.

Ah Supply is second only to T5s. If you seriously want a planted tank, avoid T12s and shoplights. But if you aren't, then sure why not I guess since then it doesn't matter much. Believe me, it won't take you long to regret getting shoplights if you do go into planted tanks.
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I'm in the reef game so I know all about the different lighting choices. Would a 2 T5 setup get me into the high light category. If not I'd probably just go with metal halide, since I should be able to put together a single 175w setup for a little more than T5s.
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I run a ODNO t8 shop light over my 90 gallon. Works fine for me. They are over driven x4

Not as nice as other lights, but all said and done it cost me less than $50


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I'm in the reef game so I know all about the different lighting choices. Would a 2 T5 setup get me into the high light category. If not I'd probably just go with metal halide, since I should be able to put together a single 175w setup for a little more than T5s.
I'm assuming that your 75 gallon tank is the 4 foot long one? If so, two 54 watt T5HO light fixtures, separated a bit, will give you plenty of light and good even coverage of the substrate. It will be, as usual, very important to have a pressurized CO2 system with that much light, but then you can grow any plant you want. You might find it necessary to raise the lights a few inches to reduce the intensity a bit, but possibly not.

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