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Old 01-10-2013, 04:50 AM   #31
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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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Old 01-10-2013, 09:38 AM   #32
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A larger co2 tank, more plants, another ray2 for my 55g
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:52 AM   #33
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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.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:05 PM   #34
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teh rebuild kit for my central airpump
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:11 PM   #35
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A good R/O unit so i can get started with some cooler scrimp
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:51 PM   #36
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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.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:42 PM   #37
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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.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:14 PM   #38
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A good R/O 'cause my water is liquid rock and all the livestocks that I want likes low ph. Plus for drinking too.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:24 PM   #39
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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.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:27 PM   #40
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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..
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:16 PM   #41
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CO2... DIY is a pain
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:28 PM   #42
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Biggest used tank I could find under $200.


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Old 01-11-2013, 11:55 PM   #43
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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.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:05 AM   #44
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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.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:35 AM   #45
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$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.
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