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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-13-2013, 03:32 PM
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Re: Cost of 40B vs. Cost of 20L

Originally Posted by OVT View Post
As many said before me, the cost of 40B over 20L would be marginal at best. Personally, every time I try to save $10 I lose $100.

Can you build and run a gorgeous tank without co2? Absolutely.
Will you be able to grow all the pants you might want to without co2? No.

Can you grow half-decent HC without co2? Crypts? Absolutely. Big deal ...
But let's see some pictures of Rotala roundifolia that shows any color but green. Or R. macrandra. co2 is a tool for specific jobs. Don't knock it or other members until you've tried it.
I have tried it, and can live without it's hassle and expense. Others, might find it a necessity for what they want to do, that's entirely up to each individual hobbyist. Yours are very valid points. Co2 is most definitely a specified tool.

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Originally Posted by OVT View Post
As many said before me, the cost of 40B over 20L would be marginal at best. Personally, every time I try to save $10 I lose $100.
That is the truth. That may be the case with many hobbies but it's especially true in this one. If I added up all the times I cheaped out only to buy twice, or three times, I could have easily purchased the setup of my dreams, which I cannot afford right now of course.
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On a 20L, try:

Substrate - SafeTsorb, $10 shipped for 40lb
Lighting - Brooder lamps (worklights), $8/ea., Lowes or HD
Stand - metal prefab work shelving, something like this ($60), plus plywood|1&facetInfo=

A 40B would require more heavy duty shelving and a couple extra lamps. And maybe another bag of OilDri. And more filtration, and probably an extra powerhead.
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