Well, then, I will bring him the filter tomorrow and have him ship it with the wood.
Yes, you HAVE to plant the day it is set up.
Plants EAT ammonia and help with the cycle.
Have you ever read Rex's forum.
He explains alot about light, co2 and the plant tank cycle www.rexgrigg.com
Then you can have the filter to do the set up and only need me to send plants and that cost only about $2 to ship.
What are your C02 plans, I forgot. Are you going pressurized?
If so, this is probably the best deal you can get and has all you need BUT the cylinder.
Those are not cheap, but for a 20 gallon, you can get away with a 2.5lb tank and you should be able to get one for about $40 plus the fill of about $10 (that is if you are lucky, I have a weld shop around that sells me the 2.5 for $53 filled after tax). Here is the combo that will get you ALL THE WAY going less the tank http://www.aquabuys.com/miva/merchan...roduct_Count=0
Oh and they have the lights also http://www.aquabuys.com/miva/merchan...oduct_Count=28
But they are a bit more
BUT you could try to get this guy to pricematch. I have dealt with him before and he is a good guy.
and you could get this stand from him http://www.aquabuys.com/miva/merchan...roduct_Count=0
If he matches the lights you are at $250 with the stand, all you need it a tank and the co2 tank.
I give you a filter and you get wood from F&Tjunkie and you just need SMS or schultz aquatic soil
and ready to go.
Of course if you CAN'T get that Co2 you can get one or two of these to at least have SOME
Heck, you are not going to beleive this, but I have two of these laying around and of course, you can HAVE them if that is what you want. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...81&pcatid=8981
But I would suggest you go for pressurized if you can at all work it out.
It is too bad you are not local, I would sell you this set up https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...-20-longs.html
Or just one of the tanks with 2 lights, but that would be a pain to ship.