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DaleJr
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PostPosted: 2012.02.15(Wed)12:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Corbanistan wrote:
48 inch dual tube fluorescent light


T5's? NO or HO?
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PostPosted: 2012.02.15(Wed)16:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes to the t-5's not sure on the other part but if it makes a difference, I am debating having a goby or two I with the catfish/plecos/cories
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PostPosted: 2012.02.16(Thu)17:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depending on what plecos you decide on, some get big and are very dirty fish. Lots of pooh. Then you would be better off with a canister type filter. A sunsun as recomended earlier are good and inexpensive. Should count on water in tank turnover should be around 4 times volume per hour. For a 55 gallon tank you would need a filter with a turnover gph/lph of 220 gph. HOB filters would need to be more like 10 times the volume. Don't know what your filters are rated at, but mine were rated for a 30-60 gallon tank was 330 gph each. Cannisters are really the best way to go for a large tank of 55 gallons or larger. And they are a lot less maintenance too.
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PostPosted: 2012.02.16(Thu)21:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

plecos I will mostly stick with bristlenose and possibly rubberlip, I plan to have mostly small to medium sized fish, at most probably 10 to 14 cm
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PostPosted: 2012.02.17(Fri)12:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Corbanistan wrote:
yes to the t-5's not sure on the other part but if it makes a difference, I am debating having a goby or two I with the catfish/plecos/cories


T5's come in HO (high output) and NO (normal output) and it make s huge difference in the algae you might experiance.

Since you are not going to co2, I would stick with the NO unless you are planning on raising the light fixture at least 3-4 in.

I once had a 55 with the dual 54w HO T5s and fought green water and BBA. That was until I installed co2, and raised the fixture some.
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