01-01-2013, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
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.
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!