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Old 08-05-2004, 04:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi all, I am wondering if anyone owns a truvu 300 gallon tank dimensions

8 feet x 2 feet wide x 2.5 feet tall (very high)

I'm wondering how I should light it and how many watts I should use.


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Really depends on what you want to house in there, but if it were mine, 4 x 150 MH
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hi gnatster, thank you for helping. I'm housing


baby tears,
crypts
swords
glosso
java fern
rotala
ludwigia
bacopa
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How will you plant it?
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glosso, baby tears, hairgrass, e tennellus, riccia in the front

anubias nana behind it.

crypts behind that

the rest in the back along with crypt balansae.
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5 32W T8 tubes on either side should light it up nicely. I think anything in the 1-2WPG for this size tank would work nicely (at water surface level). Metal Halide would probably be my preference however, using pendants you could probably get away with 3 pendants in the 175-250W range. Cost would be very similar to CFs if you can build the pendant or similar housing for them yourself.

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Sorry, how will you reach down? When i am planting a tank about 30 inches high i have to get up on a ladder, yours is larger than that.
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mine is 30 inches. it's 8 ft x 2 ft x 30 inches tall

nice idea on the ladder
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I would say Metal Halide is the way to go for a tank that deep...
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