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Old 03-27-2006, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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hi everyone! im new to the hobby of planted tanks. i currently keep 3 thriving large reef tanks in my house but want to try freshwater again. i have a 75 gallon rimless/braceless tank that is drilled and has a built in corner overflow. it houses a 40 gallon sump underneath it. the flow rate through the sump is roughly 400 gph back into the tank. is this too much circulation for plants? also i have 2 250w metal halides over the tank. i assume this is too much light. i have a few spare 4' PC fixtures laying around at 260w each. would these be a better choice? if so, one fixture or both? after browsing these forums i see people think reef tanks are hard......theyre a breeze compared to this! critique my setup guys and help a newbie out! p.s- i want the new tank to have c02 injection. any good links for kits? <~~steve
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the flow rate through the sump is roughly 400 gph back into the tank. is this too much circulation for plants?
I don't have any experience with sumps, but man that sounds like a lot of flow

On a 75 gal, you should be able to grow just about anything you want if you go around 2.5-3wpg. One of the things I recommend folks starting out is to keep your lighting reasonable - that, imo, may be the best algae control there is.

As far as CO2, check out here for some info and also here .

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thanks for the links! they were quite an interesting read. btw my sps reef tank has 13,000 gallons per hour of flow in a 75 <~~steve
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