08-30-2012, 09:03 AM
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Thank you. This is a single tube T5 bulb!
The plecos are Bristlenose.
Thank you for the feedback on the sponge filter. I'll look that one up!
Originally Posted by 1077
First I would wonder what type of pleco's you are considering.
Many of this species would happily uproot,eat, your plant's in short order, with possible exception of Clown Pleco's,Bristlenose Pleco's.
Dual T8 Full spectrum bulb's over 50 gal would allow you to grow quite a few low light plant's such as Anubia,Crypt's,Vallisneria, Watersprite, Sword plant's.
Single T5 could also work but I saw no mention of whether unit was single or double tube, and without CO2 enhancement,, A double tube T5 would maybe be too much light = algae= poor plant growth depending on intensity and light duration.
As for the sponge filter's, I would look for product such as .."Oxygen Plus Biofilter's" which have extended tube where bubbles come out which can be raised or lowered to produce steam of water across the surface, rather than bubbles which provide good oxygen exchange at the surface,,but also help drive off CO2 that plant's need.
I believe Byron run's the type I mention "Oxygen Plus Biofilter's" I( see them on Doctor'sFosterSmith.com).
For me,,, I would run Aquaclear 70 HOB filter, or Eheim 2213 canister filter.
I use the Aquaclear 70 on planted 29 gal and keep the water level high enough so that there is no waterfall effect at the surface which would drive off CO2 and plant's do well.