Thanks FlyingFish for the reply!!
Quick question though... What did you mean by this? 5lb and a Aquatek for about 200. is it a co2 system? And if so can i order it online? i put aquatek in google and got a bunch of fish store links and a water filter company....
Thanks again for reading and helping me out with...
A lot of people will tell you to get a dual stage etc, they are worth the money if you have 300 - 400 otherwise you will have to spend some time finding the parts.
What you should do is get a Aquatek for 60 - 70 dollars and a 5 lb Co2 tank. I think it's cheaper to get the tank locally because you will need to find a place to refill it. A 5 lb will last you nearly a year or even more, especially on a 6 or 12 gallon. Harald has the Aquatek and he has no problems with it. You can also find other retail regulators like the AquaticLife compact version for 149. I have it and it's sexy as hell, a bit expensive tho.
By adding the 42 LED along with Co2, I think you can grow carpeting plants.
5 lb locally (It's heavy, 1 year or more)
Paintball 20 - 24 oz (a few months) Requires AquaTek Adapter (15 - 30)
K2SO4 Potassium Sulphate
KNO3 Potassium Nitrate
KH2PO4 Mono Potassium Phosphate (Might not be needed)
MgSO4 Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salt)
A cheap Desktop Lamp with 6500k Bulb 23 watts
Because of the physical limitation of the tank, the corners are lacking in light due to the hood. Instead of doing some crazy mod, I really think the easiest thing to do is to add a desktop lamp. Plants will grow slower with normal lighting as long as you have Co2 and Fertilizers in check.
I was in your shoes and I had to read a ton of stuff.
Whatever you choose for Co2, avoid at all cost those cheap overseas regulators. They are equipped (most of the time) with the British / European style connection. Now, the connection we use here is CGA320 and the British style one WILL connect to our thread size but it is not recommended as the steal is prone to leaks. Some of the ebay regulators are not even regulators but flow valves.
Just get the AquaTek or AquaticLife or any North American style regulator, not worth the hassle to change the connection on those cheap Ebay ones. I got burned by one of them.