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Old 07-20-2015, 10:06 AM   #1
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Large Aquarium and T-5 lights

I just bought a 150 gallon tank that I want to use for community freshwater fish with live plants. I really need to educate myself on T-5 lights. I need to know how many strips and bulbs I will need, and what bulbs to use for live plants. I donít have a top and probably will get some glass or Plexiglas. I have experience with a current 55 gallon and had a 90 gallon before but never a tank this big. I like canister filters and not sure if just having 1 will work or if I should have 2. I want to get one with a UV light too. I want to do it right and take my time and buy the things I need one at a time. I may get aquarium gravel online/or fish store but I have seen some gravel at Home Depot saying it is for aquariums. Not sure how many pounds to getÖmaybe 150 to 200lbs? I am leaning towards a Co2 tank for my plants. Any advice would be great. Thanks!

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Old 07-20-2015, 05:06 PM   #2
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What are the dimensions of this tank?

For lights it really depends on what you want to go for. Medium light will require less than high light. I will say that i would go with leds over t5ho. The finnex planted plus 24/7 is an excellent fixture.

You will also need fertilizers. I would suggest either pps pro or estimative index.

Substrate - skip the gravel and go with sand instead. pool filter sand is good for that. Sand is easier to anchor plants in. Depending on the tank dimensions it will need more, so once we know that i can make a suggestion as to how much.

What do you mean by uv light?

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Old 07-20-2015, 05:52 PM   #3
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+1 to the sand. It's x10 easier on the plants and you trying to plant them.

I recommend PPS-PRO or you will be spending a ton on bottled fertilizers.

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