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Old 09-08-2013, 02:02 AM   #1
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Ok so I decided to do a "make over" on my 40 gallon planted aquarium. I want to get more serious and keep more difficult plants so I have created a list of what I am going to get to improve my aquarium and wanted to see what thoughts people have. I have decided on the models because I am on a limited budget, but if there are any items here that people would really not recommend I would love to know before I purchase the item.

Aquatek Premium Co2 regulator
5 lb co2 tank
Finnex ray 2 led lights
Flourite black sand substrate

Also looking to enter the world of canister filters and have seen some good reviews of the SunSun filters so I decided to get the SunSun HW 302 canister filter.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:12 AM   #2
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Ok so I decided to do a "make over" on my 40 gallon planted aquarium. I want to get more serious and keep more difficult plants so I have created a list of what I am going to get to improve my aquarium and wanted to see what thoughts people have. I have decided on the models because I am on a limited budget, but if there are any items here that people would really not recommend I would love to know before I purchase the item.

Aquatek Premium Co2 regulator
5 lb co2 tank
Finnex ray 2 led lights
Flourite black sand substrate

Also looking to enter the world of canister filters and have seen some good reviews of the SunSun filters so I decided to get the SunSun HW 302 canister filter.
Mixed reviews on this site about sun sun filters. I have the 304b and love it. No problems. I plan on buying 2 other can buster filters of there's in te next couple of weeks.
Are you planning on dosing ferts?
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Yes I do, however I am new to the planted tank so I have not figured out what to do yet. Right now I have flourish excel iron and potassium.
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I have no idea about ferts. But with co2 and high light it's essential. This site is a wealth of knowledge. Welcome to the planted tank world
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I think you will be good with everything. The main thing you are using that could be questionable is your SunSun filter. I have personally not used one but members I really trust have. The Aquatek reg also gets mixed reviews but like the SunSun, many people seem to like it.

I have a suggestion however which is to upgrade one thing at a time. My first high tech was probably my best and I attribute that to taking things slow. I first upgraded to CO2 from a low tech setup. That allowed me to get familiar with ferts with a pretty large margin of error. I then upgraded my lights, then the filter. I did start with Flourite from the beginning though. I feel like it helped me in general but I am also thinking that it would allow you to buy higher end equipment that will last you forever. I am all about doing things on a budget when a budget tank is the goal. When that is not the goal, I know for myself, I tend to upgrade. I am a music producer and we have a phrase "buy cheap, buy twice". That's not to say in either scenario that that cheap equipment doesn't work but if the goal isn't a cheap setup, you will buy twice. I am not suggestion what you are looking at is a bad idea, but combine the budget idea with the fact you may have better luck doing one thing at a time, you may be better off that way. Then again, I am seriously lacking sleep right now.
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