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Old 01-19-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
 
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I'm starting to get very frustraded with my tank!!!!! It's no where close to where it should be. It should be done by now. I want my tank to have beautiful plants of greens and reds, but my lighting is too weak. I went from 6,500k to 10,000k to find out that wasn't gonna work. Sooo that was a waste of money right there. Plus I bought some plants that froze, because the heater wasn't plugged in!!! I was told it would be best to buy a new fixture to keep the plants I wish. My plants is a 55gal slipt hood, so I don't know if they make two part glass covers. I'm 14 soo it can't be tooo costly. I don't want to go over $100. Please help me make my dream tank come to live!!
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:50 PM   #2
 
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Would this work? http://www.petco.com/product/113078/..._HoodsLighting

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Old 01-19-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
 
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Sorry too late to edit, I also found this glass top:Aquarium Hoods & Canopies: All-Glass Versa-Tops
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:06 PM   #4
 
I would get these Perfecto Glass Aquarium Lighting Canopies

I have some 4 year old ones on my 55 with a center brace and they have worked very well.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:15 PM   #5
 
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Thank you for you reply!! What about the lighting fixture? Is it any good?
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:36 PM   #6
 
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that T5HO will be too much light unless you want to add CO2 and daily fertilizer dosing, a single 48" T8 would be an upgrade from the 2 18" T8s you have now, the most you would likely want is a dual 48" T8
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:42 PM   #7
 
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that T5HO will be too much light unless you want to add CO2 and daily fertilizer dosing, a single 48" T8 would be an upgrade from the 2 18" T8s you have now, the most you would likely want is a dual 48" T8
What you reccomand? I can't get a regular 48'' because of the bance. So what kind do you mean a stap on 48'' t5 or what?

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Old 01-19-2012, 09:04 PM   #8
 
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I believe the braced 55 gal takes two of the 24" glass lids like the ones at the links. Once these are in place any strip light would then sit on the glass lids.





Single T8 - Fluorescent Aquarium Lighting: Perfecto Fluorescent Single Strip Lights

Dual T8 - http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3733+9662+3817&pcatid=3817
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:10 PM   #9
 
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do you have a hood at all on the tank? on every 55g ive seen the center brace sits flush with the top and the light or hoods fit right in, or over the brace. I went nuts when I first started planting my tanks, and quantum is right. a wise forum contributor once told me many many moons ago (ill try to dig up the thread) that lighting and supplements was all about balance. High light with no co2 or supplements will fail strike, usually winding up in an algae problem. Low light with high supplements, same deal. I use low light levels (40 watts on my 110g, 30 watts on my 20L, and 36 watts on my 55g) and just a few supplements (ill have to get the name of the food he steered me towards when i get to my parents house tomorrow but i think its plant-gro) and i dose every 2nd or 3rd day with the maintenance dose of excel. Sure, some plants just dont do that well, and everything tends to grow nice and slow, But everything stays nice and green and healthy as long as im good about pruning, and plant feeding.

if you want really high light, you need supplement routine to match, and probably co2 to get the most out of it. Thats fine, but it gets costly and you pretty much need a lawn mower to keep everything cut back :P
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:10 PM   #10
 
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Thank you!! I wish they where easier to find. I'm kinda scaried they won't fit. If I do get them I'll must likely have to wait till summer when I get birthday cash. I would have to get my Mom to buy them and then pay her back. What specturm bulbs should put in those.
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