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Old 10-07-2007, 09:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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i am new to the planted world... however i have been doing chiclids for the past 10 years. my biggest question as of now is lighting. i have a 70 gallon setup ive got an old light that i know doesnt make enough power so i am curious what kinds of lighting options i have... if anyone can suggest some solutions that will work for me that would be great... and ufortunatly we have to do this on a budget so please dont suggest some 500$ setup... the light will have to be attached to the tank... so no ceiling hangers either... thanks for your help and suggestions
and any other advice for a newcomer in the plant world would be graciously accepted as well
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Dimensions of the tank?
http://ahsupply.com/
you should try retroing some lights on it.
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the tank is 48" wide 18" deep and 15"in lenght
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Sounds a bit small to be 70 gallons, but not sure. And depending on the plants you want, you could try one of the 55watt kits
http://www.ahsupply.com/36-55w.htm

You should do the 4x one to get a little more than 2wpg if it's 70 gals.
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Those dimensions are a standard 55 gallon tank. The 70 gallon similar sized one has a footprint of about 48" x 16". Either a 96 watt or two 55 watt AH Supply kits would be good on that. You can grow just about any plant with either setup.
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I thought so, but my 55 measures 48x18x12. At least around there. Is mine 55 too or less?
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A 48 x 18 x 12 tank can't contain more than 45 gallons of water. Multiply the three dimensions together and divide by 231 to get the gallons. Since those are exterior dimensions, the actual capacity is a bit less.
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Thanks for that info. I'm gonna have to change my dosing now D:
http://www.bestfish.com/tips/052198.html
I still don't get why they're able to call them 55 gallons or w/e size.
And would that mean the wpg rules change?
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Those dimensions are a standard 55 gallon tank. The 70 gallon similar sized one has a footprint of about 48" x 16". Either a 96 watt or two 55 watt AH Supply kits would be good on that. You can grow just about any plant with either setup.
48 x 16?

I know my 75 is 48 x 18, but I don't know that I have seen 48 x 16 before, they don't typically make a stand that footprint either?

I suppose on a solid top stand, you could put a 48x16 tank but have you seen a 48 x 16 stand before?

Of course I could be dead wrong, that Is why the ?'s around, I am wanting clarification.
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48 x 16?

I know my 75 is 48 x 18, but I don't know that I have seen 48 x 16 before, they don't typically make a stand that footprint either?

I suppose on a solid top stand, you could put a 48x16 tank but have you seen a 48 x 16 stand before?

Of course I could be dead wrong, that Is why the ?'s around, I am wanting clarification.
I expect that you are right. I remembered that a 55 gallon tank with more front to back room is a 70 gallon tank, but it is probably a 75 gallon tank, which would be the 48 x 18 size.
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