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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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$100 to spend

Ok, more advice for me please. I have roughly $100 to spend on my tank and I'd like to know my best option. It's a 29 gallon with an Aquaticlife t5 dual lamp sitting above(24 watts? I forget, I'm not home, but it's the bulbs that come with it). Should I
A)get another set of these lights so I have 4?
B)buy a small pressurized co2 setup
C)buy a set of LED lights for 29 gallon and move my current T5's over to my 20 long tank and start growing plants in it

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 06:51 PM
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Save the $100 and buy a quality co2 rig down the line. Increased lighting will likely just give you an algae farm, get a good high quality co2 setup, then better lights, then start dosing.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Would I need a high quality co2 rig for such a small tank? And running only 2 t5's on it?
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 08:06 PM
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Save the $100 and buy a quality co2 rig down the line. Increased lighting will likely just give you an algae farm, get a good high quality co2 setup, then better lights, then start dosing.
+ 1

I would save and wait. I know it sucks to wait but in the end you'll be happier.

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Would I need a high quality co2 rig for such a small tank? And running only 2 t5's on it?
Because if you buy a low quality one now, somewhere down the line you're going to be buying another because yours broke. There is a reason why some regulators are cheap, they're made poorly and perform poorly. Save your money and buy something worth having. I use a $250 rig on a 5g tank, the cost of a regulator does not determine what size of a tank it can supply, rather it just denotes the quality and reliability which it will give you.
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Ok, that makes perfect sense to me. I'll hold off on the co2.
Now if I were to buy another set of t5's for my 29 gallon, I would probably NEED co2? Am I understanding that correctly? Or would my daily dosing of excel be enough to handle that much light?
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I have co2 on my 55g and am only using 2 t5 bulbs but they are also sitting on the tank frame. I agree to saving and getting the quality regulator. If you want to spend the $100, buy your co2 tank. Thats what my 5lb bottle cost.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 11:08 PM
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All of your options will require you to invest more money in the future...
Regardless of your intentions, I agree that you should save it.

I literally love my aquarium(s).

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-23-2013, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to say thank you for all the discouraging advice...lol
I have been a member of many different forums on many different topics and I think you guys are the most patient with noobs. I will save my money(or buy more plants) and try to work on my patience
Thanks again
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I would save your money and buy a nice pressurized Co2 rig.

As a tip, instead of getting a new 5lb Co2 cylinder, you can probably grab one of ebay for 50-60 shipped; I got mine, a nearly new aluminum 5lb for 55 shipped.
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Just wanted to say thank you for all the discouraging advice...lol
I have been a member of many different forums on many different topics and I think you guys are the most patient with noobs. I will save my money(or buy more plants) and try to work on my patience
Thanks again
+1 to that! One of the main reasons I enjoy this forum is that you can ask questions that may seem obvious to the experienced and they still offer a respectful answer!

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I had my pateince tested and it paid off. Got a custom built reg and 10lb Co2 rig for $75 from a local club member. Hold out, keep your eyes peeled, join the local clubs and monitor the For Sale section on these types of forums.

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