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I'm not new to aquariums but new to planted tanks, I started to setup a 220g tank. The tank is 30h X 72l X24w, filter is Fluval FX5, subtrate 30 bags of EcoComplete, 2 500w heaters, aqua clear hang on filter with a surface skimmer, 2-36" quad bulb HO T5 lights with plant bulbs and 4-36"duel bulb non-HO T5 with plant bulb lights. I would like to grow dwarf hair grass on the bottom but with it being 30" deep will that be enough light? Any suggestions on other plants for this size tank? Does the watts per gallon rule still go for T5 lighting? Thanks for any help....
 

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I have the same tank with HO T5 lights from Aquatic Life. The lights came with PAR level pictures that convinced me I had too much light for my non-CO2 tank (PAR of 70-80), so I have cut them with black window screening. My point is that it is quite possible to get medium to high light to the substrate in your tank. You might see if your light manufacturer publishes PAR readings or anything to make your effort a little more scientific.
 

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I used 30 bag of sraight EcoComplete, a little costly but it makes a difference.
That is nuts. I do notice what looks to be an Ista surface skimmer in there is that true? If so do you like how it works and have you had any troubles with it? And does it pull water from the bottom of the unit while skimming the top?
 

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Yes it is a surface skimmer, it does make a difference but I still had to add a pump to circulate the water the return from the FX5 just wasn't strong enough. Before I got it the surface had a thin oily coat, I was told it was from the plants but as soon as I got the circulater and skimmer it was gone over night. I'm not too sure if it pulls water from the bottom of the tube, but when something small goes buy it doen't seem to suck it up. I just added a CO2 drop checker 2 nights ago, it was showing low so I cranked up the bottle a small bit....some plants have grown about 2" in two days with no stress to the fish for now:proud:. I have to keep my eyes on them to make sure they don't start swimming funny:sleep:
 

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wow that tanks is sweet, 220G is quite the planted tank but i could imagine its easier to plant/ auqa scape then a small 5G tank

looks amazing btw
 
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