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Hey Everyone -

I'm upgrading my 5.5gal guppy tank to a 50gal low light planted tank. I've been reading and re-reading the stickies and posts. This is an incredible source of information :smile2: Here is what I've figured out and what questions I still have. I'd love to get your input!

Plants: will choose from the low light plants listed in the sticky

Fish (eventually): livebearers, a couple Balas, shrimp
Substrate: Fluval

Filter: HOB or Cannister? My space is somewhat limited and would require drilling through built-in bookshelves that have been reinforced for the tank if a canister is chosen, but it can be done. What are your thoughts based on my setup? Also - I would like to have the option to adapt whatever filter is chosen to a sponge intake if needed.... not sure if this exists?

Lighting: HELP - I have re-read these stickies and I'm still clueless. I'm getting the TopFin 50Gal tank, which comes with two 48' Full Fluorescent hood lamps. Is this enough light? Too much light? If so, what mods would you recommend? The tank is a standard 12.75"L x 48"W x 20"H

Thanks in advance for whatever help you can provide!
 
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