Got New Lighting, Need Advice 55 Gallon Tank 

pinksprklmonkey

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So I got new lighting for my 55 gallon tank. Its an aquaticlife '48. This is what I have...
LIGHT 48IN T5 HO 2 LAMP
(1) 48" 54W T5 HO
6,000 K Lamp
(1) 48" 54W T5 HO
650 nm Lamp

It's from this site

Anywho... I have some java moss in there. What else would be good? Also... do I need CO2? Thanks!
 

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Sweet light setup!

T5HO light wattages are about twice the wattage of traditional bulbs so you are going to need CO2. Anything over 2wpg needs CO2 and my calculator says that 54 + 54, times 2 divided by 55 is 3.92wpg.

You can grow a lot of plants at almost 4wpg. Java ferns, anubias, some swords, a lot of crypts, most mosses, some sags, and some vals do well at that level. Check out plantgeek.net and you can look for plants by light level.

-Lisa
 

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pepetj said:
For FW planted tank, I would replace the 650nm lamp (actinic) with a 10,000K one (or one at 18,000K).
For the record, 650nm is not an actinic lamp... actinics are typically 420nm or 460nm.

650nm is actually right in the perfect range to meet the red-light needs of most freshwater plants.
 

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Hi pinksprklmonkey
Actually, you will need to do c02. the t5ho lights give nearly double the light as regular flourescant lights. So its like you have 4 54w bulbs instead of 2. That puts you at about 3.92wpg.
 

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I would say that you will need co2 with the lighting that you have. T5 HO bulbs put out a ton of light! Without co2 I'm afraid you will have algae problems. I have 48 inch T5 HO lights on my 55 gallon tanks and they each have two 2-liters of diy co2. The plants grow really well. Maybe you could try that.
 
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