11-15-2007, 08:16 AM
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Brentwood, CA, USA
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| | Re: CO2 taken care of, now need lighting
110 watts of AH Supply light kits, using their reflectors, should be plenty for almost all plants in a 55 gallon tank. Of course you then have to make your own hoods to house those lights, but they can be simple boxes. Three watts per gallon of that quality of light is only better for a few of the really high light demand plants, and for getting very low growing ground cover plants. Otherwise, it just makes you do a lot more pruning and makes fertilizing adequately and keeping CO2 steady much more critical. It does look very good having that much bright white light.