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post #11 of 31 Old 06-27-2011, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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new 55 gallon tank...

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As TwinDad noted, the "watts" is not accurate due to the various types of tubes which today give more intensity in their role as energy-saving or greater efficiency.

A single tube will be fine for the majority of plants, any noted in our profiles as low or moderate light will work.

On the Flourish, make sure it is the Flourish Comprehensive Supplement. Seachem make several different products under the "Flourish" name and the bottles look very similar.
Hi Byron,
Yesterday I set up a 55 gallon tank from Aqueon. It is 48" x 13" x 21" High. I put in laterite in the substrate. The lights that came with it are the same as the one for the 20 high. I also noticed that they are labeled T8. Will this set up still work for a moderately planted aquarium? I'll stick to low to medium. Is it better to stick to mosses and ferns only? I already put in java moss and Java fern.
Also, I got a a pack at Petco over here... an onion, a lily and 3 rhizomes (I think) of Aponogenton. I put them on the substrate right under the lights (half the hood doesn't have a light. Let me know if I should start investing in more lights, or if I'm OK with my set up.

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post #12 of 31 Old 06-28-2011, 09:43 AM
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You are going to need to light the whole tank.

You can get what ever low light plants you want. Cryptocoryne, Onion, Java Fern, Anubias, Swords, etc.

T8 is just fine.
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By the way, I've seen LED striplights. Are these any good for growing plants?
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I've no experience with LED, but we have threads here with comments from other members who have; seatrch in the Aquairum Plants section for "LED" and you should find the threads.

As for T8, it will work provided there is enough. What is the length of the tube, and how many are there?

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The hoods only have place for one 18" tube each. The kits came with the hoods. The top of the tank is designed so that one can only fit two hoods.
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The hoods only have place for one 18" tube each. The kits came with the hoods. The top of the tank is designed so that one can only fit two hoods.
I would have to say that this is going to be less than adequate on a 4-foot tank. Low-light plants might make it, but I would not expect moderate light plants to last, and that limits your selection of plants quite a bit.

If you stay with what light you have, Anubias will manage; probably Java Fern, and Java Moss on wood. The Aponogeton I doubt, nor the Onion plant. Lily need more light; I have a couple red Tiger Lotus and they just manage with my moderate light. I had them in the 33g with one 20w tube, but after I moved them into the 90g with two 40w tubes, they have shown remarkable growth by comparison.

If you want to increase the light, my suggestion would be a glass cover (you can buy these to fit standard aquarium, the front part hinges back on some or slides back for feeding) and a light fixture that then sits on the frame (the glass cover unit sits down on the lip around the inside of the frame). A single T8 48-inch would work, or a T5 single tube, or even a dual T8.

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Thanks for the input. I'll be looking for a glass cover. In the meantime, would it work if I kept the Lily, Onion and Aponogenton directly under the light? Or will the 21" cause too much of light to dissipate?
Right now the aponogentons and onions have just started to sprout.
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Thanks for the input. I'll be looking for a glass cover. In the meantime, would it work if I kept the Lily, Onion and Aponogenton directly under the light? Or will the 21" cause too much of light to dissipate?
Right now the aponogentons and onions have just started to sprout.
Give them all the light you can.

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post #20 of 31 Old 06-29-2011, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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I put in the glass cover and an extra light...so now half of the aquarium has 30 watts =0) I've put all the lilies, aponogentons and onions underneath it. They've started to release shoots. Should I put them in the substrate once the roots start to show?
The Java fern and Anubias are under the lighted section as well.

When should I start to use Flourish Excel?
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