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Old 01-26-2015, 10:45 PM   #1
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Hello from snowy New England!

Hey Guys & Gals!

Just wanted to introduce myself to this great group of avid fish lovers!

My name is Eric and I currently reside in VT. My girlfriend just moved to CT for a new job, and we are planning a tank for her new apartment! We have purchased a 55 gal tank, and are thinking of doing a freshwater planted/aquascape tank.

We are both very excited and look forward to conversing with the folks on this forum regarding whats best for our tank. This is our first tank (of many i hope) and we want to do this the right way the first time.

Again, we have the tank, a filter and a light bar, but I know we will need a higher wattage light for the plants.

Does Anyone Have Suggestions for a less expensive light bar for our 55 gal planted tank?

In the coming days I plan to pickup a CO2 regulator and solenoid along with the required tubing, diffusers, etc.

Any insight on our new tank would be much appreciate! Thanks so much! We are so excited!
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:57 PM   #2
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What is your budget for the light and filter?

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I have a filter that came with the tank, thinking of upgrading to an emperor 400. Id like to spend in the $200ish dollar range.
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Finnex Planted+ ask Brookster123, Fresh2O, or another member that runs this light if you want some more help. I have a Fluval P24 which I believe is medium lighting.

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Finnex Planted+ ask Brookster123, Fresh2O, or another member that runs this light if you want some more help. I have a Fluval P24 which I believe is medium lighting.

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Thanks! I should have mentioned my tank is 48"
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:15 PM   #7
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Finnex Planted+ ask Brookster123, Fresh2O, or another member that runs this light if you want some more help. I have a Fluval P24 which I believe is medium lighting.

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That says its only 35.6 watts. I thought i need 2-3 watts per gallon for an aquascape?
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Welcome to you and your girl !! We are getting some snow in CT but I'm not complaining. Nor will I guess how much it will be, lol. Are you in the warning area in VT as well ? I have a longtime friend that left Fairfield county CT for Bennington. Anywhere near you ?


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Old 01-26-2015, 11:19 PM   #9
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Welcome to you and your girl !! We are getting some snow in CT but I'm not complaining. Nor will I guess how much it will be, lol. Are you in the warning area in VT as well ? I have a longtime friend that left Fairfield county CT for Bennington. Anywhere near you ?


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Bennington is about an hourish south of me. Im near Rutland, and I am from Glastonbury CT originally. We have a warning but are only supposed to get 6-8 inches starting tonight early morning.
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The finnex Planted+ has a high PAR rating. With LEDs the wpg rule doesn't really count.

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