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Old 10-27-2019, 08:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all. I decided to post in the new section as my last planted tank was in 2014 and that one was my first. I have a standard 6’ 150 gallon tank that was a salt water reef tank that I want to set up as a fresh planted tank. It has a fluval canister filter as well as an overflow and sump. I will probably go with just the fluval as I want to do CO2 again.

The lights I have are the hydra 26’s x 3. Will these work for a med to hi planted tank of this size? I believe the depth is around 30” I believe.

What are your recommendations for this tank?

I’d like it to be similar to the 55 I had a few years back. Pic attached. Looking to buy some plants as well if anyone has a trim coming up.
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Old 10-27-2019, 11:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think those lights are a good choice for a planted tank. From what I can see by Googling them it looks like they are typical reef light, very bright in the blue/violet range but not much red light. Plants need red light to do as well as they can do, and the aquascape looks a lot better with less blue and more red. You wouldn't want more than about 100 PAR light intensity at the substrate on a planted tank, and that would be so high you would have to use pressurized CO2, optimized to meet the plant's needs. Something in the 50 or so PAR range would be much better for most planted tanks.
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Old 10-27-2019, 09:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Running a sump you will struggle to keep CO2 in the water

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With a planted tank that big, you probably won't need a sump. Your fluval will be fine.
You can have CO2 and a sump but you'll need to inject more than needed.
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Running a sump you will struggle to keep CO2 in the water

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I am most likely going to just run the fluval, in fact I am just going with the fluval. I need to figure out the lighting for the 28” or so deep tank. I’m not very good at the whole par thing.
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Default Re: Decided to do a 150 planted tank

a sump and c02 can be done. just cover the sump so there is less c02 gas exchange . I just set up a 150 with a sump but the only plants that will demand c02 are the mini dwarf hairgrass. plenty of people run planted tanks with sumps.
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