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The Beginning 5/21/13:

The Aqueon 20 gallon long comes complete with a sifter and everything

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De-Rimmed

I removed the top rim for a more clean look.

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Lighting

Coralife 36" T5HO Dual Fixture

x1 39w 6,700K Bulb
x1 39w Colormax Bulb

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x2 Bags of Topsoil

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x1 Bag of Black Diamond 20/40

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Fertilizers

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Dry Fertilizter: TPT Member nilocg $22

The SeaChem Flourish: Craigslist $15

Containers: Dollar Store $5

Measuring Glass: Dollar Store $1

Measuring Spoons: Ebay $5

Syringe: Target Pharmacy $0

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Pressurized Co2 System

Ya gotta have a pressurized Co2 system

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5lb Cylinder: Craigslist $50
Regulator, Solenoid, Needle Valve, & Bubble Counter: Craigslist $50
Stainless Steel Needle Valve: nilcog $7
Glass Drop Checker & 4oz 4dkh Fluid: nilcog $14
SeaChem Excel: Craigslist $10
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Filtration

I got a steal awhile back for a Ehiem 2213 which is currently on my Fluval EBI Shrimp Aquarium. When my 20Long is ready, I will transfer my Eheim 2213 over to the 20Long and get an AquaClear 20 for my Fluval EBI.

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In the Process...

Currently, I am in the process of making Mineralized Top Soil (MTS)...

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Meanwhile, I am going to attempt to build my first tank stand...

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Looking good so far! keep up the good work!
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Instead of building my own stand from scratch, I am going to modify this rebuilt stand I picked up today. This stand is perfect because it will fit my canister, co2 system, and already has an inset for the bottom rim of my 20L.

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Stand: www.minnfish.com $25
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Man I have a feeling this tank is gonna end up killer looking. +1 on giesemann bulbs they're great. You also can't go wrong with the GE starcoat 6500k bulbs. For the price they're unbeatable. They put out more par than almost any bulb in that category and they're dirt cheap.
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You might want to try Giesmann bulbs, they have a very good spectrum for plants:

http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/rep...t-gsm0003.html

http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/rep...t-gsm0035.html
Never heard of them. I will look into Giesmann bulbs. Thanks.

Are coralife bulbs no good?
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Man I have a feeling this tank is gonna end up killer looking. +1 on giesemann bulbs they're great. You also can't go wrong with the GE starcoat 6500k bulbs. For the price they're unbeatable. They put out more par than almost any bulb in that category and they're dirt cheap.
Great, thanks you two. Now you have me thinking about changing my bulbs. lol

I was thinking my bulbs were really good bulbs but maybe they aren't...
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They're not the WORST bulbs you can get and they certainly won't cause any harm. The GE bulbs just put out more par and cost alot less and the giesemann bulbs, while are fairly expensive are great looking as well. It's one of those things that you don't really notice until bulb change time. I'm a big fan of the "colormax" or the otherwise pink bulb. I think it does alot for the look of things. Not sure of its value to actual growing
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