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Great information for a planted noob like me. Would you answer a question for me? I plan to step up from a low tech 29 gal to a low tech 55 gal. I'm considering going with either 3x32 watt T-8s or 3x28 watt T-5 NO's. I do plan on doing an occasion excel dose, using eco complete, and low light/hard to kill plants. Would these choices be good lighting for what I want? Suggestions....Thanks in advance.
 

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3 T8 bulbs on a 55 gallon tank, 20 inches high, or 1 T5NO bulb, should give you low light. Or 2 T5NO bulbs should give medium light. Of course if you choose to hang your light above the top of the tank, which I think is the best way to light a tank, you could use even a single T5HO light - hanging 4-5 inches above the top of the tank, to get low medium light. That gives you the best uniformity of light in the tank.
I appreciate the response. Thanks for the great info. I think I will go with the T-5 NO set up.
 
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