55 gallon lighting.

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by H20, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. H20New MemberMember

    I have a question about the lighting of my tetra 55g tank. I'm not sure what type of lightning to get. I'm looking for a good light for plants and to light up my tank during the day. I'm mostly growing amazon swords, java fern, and water sprite. I have a co2 system but it doesn't give off a lot of co2. Also, I don't want to spend a 100 bucks for lighting. So DIY will be my best option. This is the best lighting I found so far:   will this be good enough?
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2014
  2. PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    For the plants you listed, the T5 bulb you linked to will be perfectly fine. You don't really need a co2 system for this setup though. CO2 is really only useful when the plants receive ample light and require additional carbon for growth. Regular water changes, coupled with the occasional dosing of Excel, would probably suffice. Do you have a fertilized substrate or are you going to use root tabs?
  3. H20New MemberMember

    Phishphin, I'm going to buy some fertilizer from aquariumfertlizer.com and flourish tabs. Also,I found some better t5ho. Most people are using a giesemann midday combined with aquaflora for 48 inch long 18 inch deep 55g. Are they using a 24 inch aquaflora and 24 inch midday ? Or are they using two 48 inch midday and aquaflora. Also, to save some money, can I just use an aquaflora for the whole tank since I just want medium light?
  4. PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    I really couldn't say with certainty... I've been using LEDs graded for plant growth.

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  5. thatreefguy22Valued MemberMember

    I'm in the same spot as you...I am just now filling my new hardscaped 55gal...
    And I have a 30" aquatic life t5ho dual...could I just get the bulbs that are meant for a freshwater setup??

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  6. Marie1Well Known MemberMember


    That will grow the plants you have mentioned. There are plenty of lights that you can use that won't cost $100.

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