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01-12-2013 01:35 AM
karatekid14 $50 Aquatop canister filter
$40 Hydor inline heater
$70 ADA mini M
$40 ecoxotic LED strip
$100 more would cover the rest of my Mini M set up, plants, fish, soil, lily pipes. Or a RO unit.
01-12-2013 01:05 AM
talontsiawd I would buy a new CO2 regulator and then use my old one on my nano. Or, I would find a high quality 20L that is rimless, which I have seen for $80ish, spend the rest on aquasoil. Third option, keep what I got an get a 5ish gallon cube. I think I could do the full setup for $200, especially since I have an extra canister.

Honestly, at this point, I really don't need anything, some components could be improved upon.
01-12-2013 12:55 AM
Calmia22 Honestly, $200 really doesn't buy much, but I can break things down into what they cost for me:

My tank and stand I got used for $200, a 75 gallon
My light was originally $90, but it sucks. I can get a great deal on a 6 bulb T5 lighting system for $150 (aka my next major purchase, but sadly wont get for a while)
On my 75 I have 2 Aquatop CF 500 w/uv Canister filters originally $130 each.
My co2 regulator was $80. It's a Aquatek.
The co2 tank was $90 for the first time, and will be $15 per refill after.

So off of the equipment that I originally had after the purchase of my tank, I would have to say my light would have been my main purchase. It can still do low lighting if necessary so it's not like I would be stuck in bba hell. My second purchase probably would have been 1 of the canister filters. Although 1 alone is not enough for me to feel comfortable, a canister accompanied by my old hob filters would have made me feel better about my filtration.
01-12-2013 12:28 AM
Msheresy Biggest used tank I could find under $200.


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01-11-2013 05:16 PM
laqu CO2... DIY is a pain
01-10-2013 09:27 PM
HD Blazingwolf
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Originally Posted by wheatiesl337 View Post
I can't believe I havn't seen this answer. For $125 or less on a dream piece of equipment, I would recommend people buy a PAR sensor. No need to spend extra for the meter. Plug it into a multi-meter.

Best single purchase I ever made for keeping planted tanks.

or u can read later for my lux meter that i siliconed so its water proof. its 25 bux so far in product and silicone. and its about to get calibrated. i estimate 63 lux per PAR..
01-10-2013 09:24 PM
wheatiesl337 I can't believe I havn't seen this answer. For $125 or less on a dream piece of equipment, I would recommend people buy a PAR sensor. No need to spend extra for the meter. Plug it into a multi-meter.

Best single purchase I ever made for keeping planted tanks.
01-10-2013 09:14 PM
ShortFin A good R/O 'cause my water is liquid rock and all the livestocks that I want likes low ph. Plus for drinking too.
01-10-2013 08:42 PM
infamouz23 I'd go with an R/O unit or I'd get a couple regulators and nice needle valves from e b a y for future projects.
01-10-2013 01:51 PM
ghost shrimp
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Originally Posted by HD Blazingwolf View Post
A good R/O unit so i can get started with some cooler scrimp
Don't we all :p I hate tugging water up my stairs.
01-10-2013 01:11 PM
HD Blazingwolf A good R/O unit so i can get started with some cooler scrimp
01-10-2013 01:05 PM
msjinkzd teh rebuild kit for my central airpump
01-10-2013 12:52 PM
gimmethatfish
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Originally Posted by acitydweller View Post
A larger co2 tank, more plants, another ray2 for my 55g
So I take it you liked the first one? I have been looking at these and they look pretty nice.
01-10-2013 10:38 AM
acitydweller A larger co2 tank, more plants, another ray2 for my 55g
01-10-2013 05:50 AM
Cthulhu I'm setuping my 95 so I'm already buying everythink I will need, for way more than 200$!

For my 25g, I would buy a new tank the same size, pierced, and install automated water change. I may do it after I finish with my 95g!
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