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Old 10-07-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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Hey Everybody,

I curious if anyone can give me any advice about my plan to set up a pressurized low tech system. please tell me if i am missing something.

Fyi: this system is going into a 40 gallon tall aquarium with 1 finnex 2 led 7000k and 1 Fluval planted led with moonlight. I am dosing liquids twice a week and fertilizing substrate once per month.

I am planning on running a 5 lb. standard co2 tank, attached with a perma seal, Premium AQUATEK CO2 Regulator with Integrated COOL TOUCH Solenoid, AQUATEK CO2-Proof Tubing, Aquatek drip counter/ check valve, Ista Max Mix Co2 Reactor Medium.

Im looking to do it pretty cheep but still decent. how long will a 5lb tank last?

I will also use a fluval co2 indicator kit. are they reliable and accurate.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

thanks!
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:55 PM   #2
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I can't answer what you ask but, fluval co2 indicator kit seems to work fine.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:35 AM   #3
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great! thanks iziko. I'm glad to know you have had a positive experience with that product.
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Sounds like you have the bases covered pretty well.
I use all Aquatek Premium regs, and really like them. Seem to be decent quality for the price.
Once you get everything up, and running you'll just have to get everything balanced. Your tank should flourish.
You might think about going to dry ferts. Much cheaper than brand name liquids. Not paying for 95% water.
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:26 AM   #5
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great advice! thanks for the help! I dose liquids because some of my plants absorb nutrients through their leaves or is there some type of fertilizer that can be bought dry and suspended in water and administered like retail liquid ferts?
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Yes, the dry fertilizers we use can be made into solutions to be administered in liquid form. Even in dry form, it can be just dumped into the water to be diluted and absorbed via the water column. Forum member nilocG sells them. Look into the EI dosing ritual if you're going for fast growth.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:30 PM   #7
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wow! i had never read that method before, certainly something to look into. my red melon sword has sprouted 4 new leaves and its only been 5 days since i planted it. I gave it one total substrate pellet from aquariumplants.com and have dosed it twice this week with a liquid fert (as directed) is that really substantial growth?
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:41 PM   #8
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I think swords are root type plants, which are perhaps really taking advantage of your substrate pellets. In the interest of doing things on the cheap, what if I told you that you can buy some clay, and make your own pellets with the very same dry ferts?

DIY Clay Pellets!
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:44 PM   #9
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yet another suggestion i had never thought of. i will definitely look into it.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:56 PM   #10
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Also, I don't know how much you've encountered on this forum but since you're starting out on co2, here's something to brush up on the basics so that you may avoid some potential pitfalls:

Darkblade's Primer to Planted Tanks
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