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Old 07-06-2013, 11:13 PM   #1
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Second Tank Plan

I am planning a second tank. It will be a 120 gallon 60x18x25. I will set it up as a second low tech planted tank. I would appreciate any comments on the parts of my plan listed.

A friends husband is a master furniture maker who built an heirloom quality desk for me out of cherry a few months ago. He is going to build a stand for the new tank and we are reviewing plans from a few sources now.

I have talked a couple of times with Glass Cages and am planning to order the tank from them with low lead glass in front and on the sides.

I have been reading about canister filters and am planning to buy a Eheim Classic or ProII. Plan to order the tank with two holes drilled so I don't have to go over the top. I have been reading about in line heaters and UV lamps. I am considering going one size larger on the filter and adding a 100 watt in line heater and a 15W UV lamp. Does anyone have comments about this arrangement?

I also will do some more research on plant friendly substrate. I have brown bought from and it is difficult to vacuum. I want black and larger material that will not go up the vacuum so easy.

And, I want to consider LEDs for lighting and have to find something that work for this tank at low light.

thanks for any comments,

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Old 07-07-2013, 10:48 PM   #2
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You are not doing a low cost aquarium! That suggests that you should spend a bit more and buy ADA Aquasoil Amazonia for the substrate. You won't regret it.

You could use a Finnex Ray2, 48 inch long LED light. Suspend that light about 4-6 inches above the top of the tank, and you should get very uniform lighting, with low light that works best for low tech tanks.
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