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This is a discussion on plants and lighting within the Beginner Planted Aquarium forums, part of the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium category; --> Referring back to your initial post, rexpepper, for those plants and the "natural" method you will be fine with two 48-inch T8 tubes. Note ...

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Old 12-29-2012, 11:57 AM   #11
 
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Referring back to your initial post, rexpepper, for those plants and the "natural" method you will be fine with two 48-inch T8 tubes. Note I said, T8. If you get T5 fixture, which only accepts T5 tubes, you will have issues. Two T5 HO tubes will be excessive light for angelfish, and undoubtedly create algae issues.

I have two T8 48-inch "daylight" tubes at 6500K over my 4-foot tanks that are all three wider, and two are deeper (2 feet) than your 55g, and the photo below shows the plant growth in the 5-foot long by 2 feet deep 115g tank with must two 4-foot T8 tubes. This is all you need in such a setup.

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:11 PM   #12
 
angles should have issue with the light IMO. I had a pair spawning under similar levels. They will likely give you algae unless you are experience with higher light planted tanks.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:46 PM   #13
 
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Referring back to your initial post, rexpepper, for those plants and the "natural" method you will be fine with two 48-inch T8 tubes. Note I said, T8. If you get T5 fixture, which only accepts T5 tubes, you will have issues. Two T5 HO tubes will be excessive light for angelfish, and undoubtedly create algae issues.

I have two T8 48-inch "daylight" tubes at 6500K over my 4-foot tanks that are all three wider, and two are deeper (2 feet) than your 55g, and the photo below shows the plant growth in the 5-foot long by 2 feet deep 115g tank with must two 4-foot T8 tubes. This is all you need in such a setup.

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thats exactly what i went with! saterday night i got a case of beer an built a fixture with two t8 6500k bulbs. it seems really bright on my tank but i havent put any plants in yet so its sitting on the side. when i was at home depot the guy showing me the fixtures was trying to get me to buy the aquarium light bulbs that were only 3000k haha silly the box its in isnt pretty but it works ! thanks for all the help everyone! in a couple weeks hopefully ill be planting some plants!
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thats exactly what i went with! saterday night i got a case of beer an built a fixture with two t8 6500k bulbs. it seems really bright on my tank but i havent put any plants in yet so its sitting on the side. when i was at home depot the guy showing me the fixtures was trying to get me to buy the aquarium light bulbs that were only 3000k haha silly the box its in isnt pretty but it works ! thanks for all the help everyone! in a couple weeks hopefully ill be planting some plants!
sometimes the simplist and least expensive methods work really really well.

Happy for ya.

Now we will need pictures after the planting.


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sometimes the simplist and least expensive methods work really really well.

Happy for ya.

Now we will need pictures after the planting.


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sometimes it is the only way! besides i really enjoy building stuff.its a fun puzzle! friday ill be ordering my plants and picking up some pool sand. i have pretty big gravel in my tank right now. it needs to go. ill save it an keep it for a tv aquarium i plan on building this summer ;) ill have pics of the neeww sand an plants when im done no worries!!
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