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I just took off the rims on my 5.5 gallon tank. I tried to take off the silcon but its crazy. It seems like I can never completely take it off.

Is there any solvent I can use to rub it off?

Also I plan to make this a high light tank. Any light suggestions for a 5.5 gallon tank?
 

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I'm focusing on growing plants and I am going to keep shrimps in it.

By high light tank, it means high tech tank
 

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I set-up a tank just like what you described about 6 months ago. (high tech 5.5 gallon shrimp tank - co2, EI, good light)

First, the silicone. I bought some silicone-specific remover at Home Depot, and rubbed that on, then spent 4 hours with a razor blade scraping. Lots of patience and elbow grease, and you'll get it all.

Second, the light. I originally had one of the 27 watt home depot desk lights over the tank, but wasn't happy with the coverage. I always really liked waterfaller's tanks, and i noticed she had a 2x24watt T5HO Current Nova Extreme spanned over 2 of her cubes, and i figured while it may overhang a little, it would work well for me.
It did. After being overcome by thread algae, I ended up pulling both bulbs out, and putting a single Giesemann Midday bulb in. The results are awesome, tomorrow I'll put up some pictures of the tank. Lots of high-light plants growing well, no more algae, with RCS and amanos as occupants.

Looking back, my lighting solution was pretty expensive for a small tank - close to $100, all told. but the results are amazing, and the single giesemann bulb keeps algae away and plants growing great.
 
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