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Old 03-16-2009, 09:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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So to sum it up, in order for me to have the grasses (if not now, then in the future,) I have to have at least "2 X 65 watts" and CO2 plus a change in substrate. Is that about right?

How many wpg would you recommend if I ever wanted to upgrade plant-wise? And what kind of substrate?
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:51 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Yea I would suggest from around 110 watts to 165 total. Any where around there is good.

ADA has some great substrate, however it is more expensive. If you have a low budget go for eco-complete or fluorite. They are still good products.
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Most foreground plants require a higher amount of lighting (2.5-3wpg). If you are going to have that much light, plants need a source of Co2. You can go the cheap route and use a DIY Co2 method (sugar yeast) or flourish excel, but unfortunately with these methods Co2 will not be stable and may induce algae blooms (which can also occur with high light and no Co2).

I recommend reading all you can about this hobby before going out to buy expensive equipment. You will need to understand what equipment is needed and why. You will need to also understand how to use the equipment. So step 1 read read read read.
Recommended articles:
https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...90-basics.html
https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...parts-1-a.html
http://www.aquatic-eden.com/2006/12/...-aquarium.html
http://www.aquatic-eden.com/2006/10/...g-planted.html
http://www.aquatic-eden.com/2007/04/...-aquarium.html
http://www.aquatic-eden.com/2007/12/...-aquarium.html
http://www.aquatic-eden.com/2007/01/...s-planted.html

I really suggest getting pressurized co2 from the start. You will spend approximately $150 for initial setup but in the long run you WILL SAVE a lot of money compared to DIY method and flourish (over time the cost of supplies will be way more than just getting pressurized system).
http://cgi.ebay.com/Milwaukee-MA957-...3%3A1|294%3A50
http://www.beveragefactory.com/draft.../co2/C10.shtml

I also recommend eco-complete or flourite for substrate. And getting 3 of http://www.bigalsonline.com/StoreCat...Type=0&offset= for lighting. You will not need to run all 3 during your photo period. You can have 2 lights running and about midday for 2-4 hours have the third one run for a noon burst.
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:57 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Oh forgot eco-complete link
http://www.bigalsonline.com/edealinv...x=0&submit.y=0

and diffuser
http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/co...user-5000.html

Everything will run approximately $370 (depending on shipping charges). Which isn't to far from your budget on lighting alone of $200 - $300.
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Thanks, I'll definitly read through those articles. I found a guy recently who was selling a 5 pound tank with a milwaukee regulator for $90. Unfortunately I wasn't sure what I needed to get then, so I missed the offer. I might see if he still has it.

For a diffuser, it was suggested I get an Elite Mini filter from Hagen and mod it to be a diffuser. Opinions?

Edit: Also, how much substrate would you recommend?
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I have read an article on that but never tried it personally. Glass diffusers are more sleek and look better in the aquarium than the filter. Either way is fine, different strokes for different folks.
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So how much substrate do I need?
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Which of these, or anything similar, would you recommend?

Current USA Single Satellite 48 inch, 2X65W $123.99: http://www.amazon.com/Current-Single...62366&sr=1-135

48 inch 2x65 Watt Current USA PowerCompact Single Satellite Fixture $162.95 $136.49: http://www.amazon.com/Current-USA-Po...62471&sr=1-152

Current USA Dual Satellite 48 inch, 4X65W $228.00: http://www.amazon.com/Current-Dual-S...62471&sr=1-160

Current USA Nova Extreme T5HO 48 inch 4X54 Watt - (1122 $238.81: http://cgi.ebay.com/Current-USA-Nova...3286.m20.l1116
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One bag. If it's not enough, then add some plain black sand found at your LFS. Lighting refer to the big al's link I posted above
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In reference to the lights from Big Al's, how many watts are those? It says the T5's are 28 watts each, but what about the "Colormax Full Spectrum?"

Last edited by TrumpetSmurf; 03-17-2009 at 02:57 PM.. Reason: meant T5's not T8's
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