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Old 04-30-2005, 09:51 PM   #1
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okay so i've looked at diy lighting and only got confused so i think that i'm eventually going to just buy it online. I have a 55gal fw planted tank. I was thinking about getting http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=1843;pcid2=
does that sound okay or does any one else have any suggestions? thanks
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Do you have a co2 reactor of some kind? That light gives you 4.7wpg which will require a co2 injector of some kind, right?
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Old 04-30-2005, 09:58 PM   #3
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Not yet but i'm going to. Does this sound okay or what about http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...376406381&rd=1
which whoud be better?
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Old 04-30-2005, 10:14 PM   #4
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That looks like the much better set up and price depending on what kind of plants you want. Here is an article on lighting planted tanks.


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I know I am coming in late here but I have that fixture on my 55 and let me tell you, it is a bear to keep that thing balanced. I was running two 2-liter DIY CO2 for years but I could just not keep up. I am now running pressurized and I have to watch that tank like a hawk - dosing something daily or every other day, so be prepared. You can very easily have an algae swamp and a bunch of smothered plants.

If you are experienced and are ready to upgrade, then go for it - but if this is your first planted tank, or your first hight light CO2 experience, then you might want to keep things in the 2.5wpg range if possible.
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Thank you so much for your advice, I did end up going with the 2.5 wpg range. Thanks again
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