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post #11 of 14 Old 03-16-2013, 07:23 PM
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You should decide the sort of tank you want before choosing the lighting, and you seem to be thinking low-tech or natural. The 75g tank will presumably be 4 feet in length, so a fixture taking two 48-inch fluorescent tubes is going to be your best option.

This leaves you with T5 or T8. The "T" refers to the tube diameter, but they are not interchangeable because they need different ballast systems. And T5 can be much more intense lighting than T8, which would be fine over a high-tech method. I have T8 tubes over my larger tanks and the photos below show the result. And these are inexpensive "daylight" 6500K tubes made by GE and Phillips.

I wrote a 4-part series stickied at the head of the Aquarium Plants section entitled "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" which sets out the method used in these tanks. The substrate is Quikrete Play Sand. I use substrate fertilizer tabs next to the larger swords, and weekly liquid fertilizer.

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post #12 of 14 Old 03-16-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
Bryon, can you please tell me what those little plants you have at the very front of the tanks. I see them everywhere but i can't seem to get the name of them.
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-17-2013, 11:32 AM
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Bryon, can you please tell me what those little plants you have at the very front of the tanks. I see them everywhere but i can't seem to get the name of them.
In the lower photo that is pygmy chain sword. This is actually a fairly common plant from most online sources; stores may or may not have them. I bought one plant about 4 years ago; once established, they spread quite fast. Click the shaded name for our profile with photos.

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post #14 of 14 Old 03-17-2013, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
Ill be adding that to the tank I love it.
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