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M249spence
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PostPosted: 2005.04.26(Tue)10:57    Post subject: Is this a good tank size? Reply with quote

this will be my first decent size aquarium. it is a 55 gal whose dimensions are 48x13x20. I plan on having tetras, corys, fan and other shrimp and a pair or two of dwarf cichlids. I'm also wanting to have some live beginner plants. it seems like it's a little shallow. will it be more susceptible to temp extremes? will it be wide enough for a planted tank? thanks for any advice!
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PostPosted: 2005.04.26(Tue)11:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my opinion, its perfect. Bulbs are cheapest at 4ft, plants look best in a thinner tank, and a bit shallower makes it easier to work in and plant.

@55g it will be nice and stable. If I buy another planted tank setup it'll be the same size.

It should be perfect for dwarf cichlids, shrimp etc. A minimum of 2 normal output fluorescent bulbs will be needed, as many as four is great or you can go compact fluorescent.
What plants would you like?
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PostPosted: 2005.04.26(Tue)17:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any suggestions about plants would be heartily welcomed. right now I plan on some Anubias sp. , that's about as far as I've got.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.26(Tue)18:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you don't want to invest too heavily into technology (pressurized CO2, massive lighting, lots of nutrients, etc), then you could always go with a low light setup.

Plants include:

Anubias (just as you already have Smile)
Java Fern
Java Moss
Anacharis
Hornwort

You can look up more low light tolerant plants at www.plantgeek.net
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