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Hello all! I am somewhat new to the hobby. I am looking to get a 55 gallon tank that will be planted. What I want is a setup where I could grow just about anything IF I wanted to. I found an aquaticlife T5 HO Dual lamp 108 W light fixture and was wondering if this is adequate for what I am looking for? If not does anyone know of any other great fixtures out there that will suit me well for medium high - high light. I am already looking into c02 and found a place down the road that sells and refills canisters. The only problem is they are on the small side.. 5 LB tanks. My other question is about how long would a 5 LB tank last for a 55 gallon? Also, I noticed a newer product called EXCEL? Does this work well in place of a C02 system? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Thanks for the replies! If I were to go with a 75 gallon planted is there a decent fixture out there? Would 2 of the 108 watt T5HO fixtures be overkill on a 75 gallon? I would imagine I would need something other then 108 fixture as the 75 gallon is a lot wider?
 

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Thanks for the replies! If I were to go with a 75 gallon planted is there a decent fixture out there? Would 2 of the 108 watt T5HO fixtures be overkill on a 75 gallon? I would imagine I would need something other then 108 fixture as the 75 gallon is a lot wider?
for 75g go with 3x54w fixture, i think 4x54 will be way too much light to deal with. 2x54w light on 75g should still put you on medium light.
 

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for 75g go with 3x54w fixture, i think 4x54 will be way too much light to deal with. 2x54w light on 75g should still put you on medium light.
Happi's advice is good. @ 2x54w - med. light - on a 75 gal. would be just fine, say no more than 8 hrs./day, and you may not need to bother with CO2 - Moderate weekly or semi-weekly dosing with Excel would do the job, IMHO.
 

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55 gallon - 48x13x20
75 gallon - 48x18x20

The tanks are the same height, so any light that is high light on one is high light on the other. The only significant difference is that the substrate would not be as uniformly lighted on the 75 gallon tank. A very good way to light those tanks is with one 2 bulb T5NO light on the 55 gallon, and two 2 bulb T5NO lights on the 75 gallon, with the lights widely separated. That gives you good medium light for both tanks. Two bulb T5HO lights should be raised about 3-4 inches on either tank, to avoid having such high light that algae is your main concern instead of fish and plants. CO2, not Excel, is a very good idea with any of those light setups.
 

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55 gallon - 48x13x20
75 gallon - 48x18x20

The tanks are the same height, so any light that is high light on one is high light on the other. The only significant difference is that the substrate would not be as uniformly lighted on the 75 gallon tank. A very good way to light those tanks is with one 2 bulb T5NO light on the 55 gallon, and two 2 bulb T5NO lights on the 75 gallon, with the lights widely separated. That gives you good medium light for both tanks. Two bulb T5HO lights should be raised about 3-4 inches on either tank, to avoid having such high light that algae is your main concern instead of fish and plants. CO2, not Excel, is a very good idea with any of those light setups.
+1 on what Hoppy said, the 2x54 on 75g wont give you good spread light, it will put more and less light at certain areas in the tank. i never used T5NO so i don't know much about them. the 2x54w could give you medium light on 75g if raised 5-6 inches high from the tank and this will also cover the area where light would not have reached before.
 

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Happi's advice is good. @ 2x54w - med. light - on a 75 gal. would be just fine, say no more than 8 hrs./day, and you may not need to bother with CO2 - Moderate weekly or semi-weekly dosing with Excel would do the job, IMHO.
you will need to dose fertilizer and co2 under this light, 2x54w on 75g will put you on medium light if hanged above 5-6 inches high from the tank, if it will set on the tank then you will have high light still.
 
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