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    Excuse my ignorance, can you translate what you wrote above?
    He has two 54 watt tubes of the T5 type. That's thinner, lasts longer and puts out more light. His are 54 watts per tube so he has a total of 108 watts over a 55 gallon. They have a colour temperature of 6700 degrees kelvin which is about what you'd get on an overcast day.

    That's about 2 watts per gallon, would qualify that as high-ish light.

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    You got some good advice about lighting and low light plants already

    I just wanted to add a few DIY options if you are handy at such things. You can use CFL bulb with a 6700 color temp, just like I did with a tank I set-uo for my dad last year. Pic below. His low light plants are doing great in that set-up



    I also once used a T8 shop I bought from Home Depot with 6700K bulbs in it. I forgot the wattage. I also think LAdy Hobbs (another member here) is also still using a shop light as well. Below are a few pics of my 55 gallon when I had the shop light on it



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    I also did a CFL bulb option, little different set up than Cliff did, but mine used the existing shells of the old lights and about $50 total. I have 108W of 5500K and 6000K bulbs (going to try to find 6700K bulbs when I replace them)

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    He has two bulbs in his light fixture. Both are 54 watts giving the tank 108 watts of total light. They are 6700k. That is the Kelvin temp of the bulbs. Planted tanks do best with lights between 6500 kelvin, and 10,000 kelvin. I believe 6500k is the closest to natural sunlight. I like to use one or two 6500 bulbs, and the the other one or two 6700k. Depending on what fixture I am using and how many bulbs I can put in it.

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