08-29-2006, 08:19 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Okmulgee, Oklahoma
| | Starting Off Large - pH Controller, Ferts, Test Kits
Been away from the community for a LONG time... I keep getting close to setting up and I keep getting set back. I'm trying to make a push currently and get up and running though, and need some advice...
I have a 115G tank, internal overflow/box filter (DAS H-99 tank, if you are familiar with them). 6x55W PC lighting (4x GE 9250k bulbs, recommended here and 2 others I forget... 10K whites?), 20# CO tank, Azoo regulator w/ solenoid, bubble counter, a Gomer-made CO reactor, and I picked up a Eheim 2028 this weekend. Substrate is a mix of probably 70/30 Flourite and pool filter media-type gravel. Decorations are a very large piece of driftwood and some locally collected rocks (sandstone?) that I've muriatic-acid tested to make sure they wouldn't leech anything.
I know I want a pH controller. I figure I will need some basic ferts and test kits, but to be blunt, I'm once again running out of money I can put into this thing... So - I would appreciate some recommendations for a pH Controller (looking at a Milwaukee), and what are the minimum ferts and kits you'd start off with? Are there any other pieces of equipment you'd recommend purchasing?
Hope that's enough info to give you guys a clear enough picture of my setup / equipment / etc. If you have more questions, I'm back and hoping to stay this time. :P
PS. -- Paid $115 for that Ehiem, new, on clearance... They have a 2026 for the same price if someone wants it, let me know. Or I'd consider buying it and swapping for plants if someone could provide me a "starter pack" big enough for a 115G.