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Old 01-10-2009, 07:05 PM   #1
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restarting my planted tank


This is a tank I started Last year but all th plants died.
26 gallon bow front
whisper filter
heater
1x20 watt flourecent
no co2



plants:
1x narrow leaf ludwigia
1x onion plant
1x amazon sword
java moss
and some other stuff

Fish:
golden gourami
3x X-ray tetras
2x neon zebra danios
1x tiger barb
1x SAE
2x amano shrimp

I'm working on getting new lighting, need some cheap ideas. planing on diy co2 but dont know much about reactors/defusers?
any suggestions about any of it.
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:10 PM   #2
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I'm just using a limewood airdiffuser under my HOB (but it's only ten gal)

GloFish are cool!
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:28 PM   #3
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I can see that lighting had a major role on limiting the plant choices you had for your previous set up, so i would definitely recommend getting better lights. Just throwing this out there but you could try something like this on a large scale http://www.aquariumlife.net/projects...ighting/55.asp
but i don't know if that will be sufficient for your tank size (probably isn't). You'll probably want to go for the tubular kind of lighting (but that isn't my area of knowledge as i have screw type bulbs on my 10g planted). As you can tell...my experience with lighting is very limited, so don't take my advice on it >.<

Here's an interesting article on different methods of co2 diffusion. http://www.aquatic-eden.com/2006/10/...-aquarium.html I found it to be a pretty interesting read. I personally use an internal mini filter to diffuse my diy co2. And again my experience is also limited with CO2 as i've yet to venture into the world of pressurized CO2.

I actually have a 29g set up with some crappy light i got from home depot or something. It's a T8 fixture (i believe) that is 20watts so that gives me less than 0.7wpg. I have Sunset hygro and some water sprite growing in there pretty successfully, although very slowly but still growing. So you might want to try using sunset hygro in your new set up.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:52 AM   #4
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ya I wanted to make a light setup because to buy one would use up some cash that I don't really have right now. I want to get the new lights quick cause I'm looking to order some plants right now.
thanks for your input
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:27 PM   #5
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http://www.aquariumlife.net/projects...ighting/55.asp is a really cool site. thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:06 PM   #6
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There are also a lot of neat articles/diy projects there. I was actually inspired to start the hobby from an article on that site =]
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:11 PM   #7
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I recently set up my 25G with 55w of florescent lighting with a DIY CO2 thing made of a 2L bottle, sugar and yeast. The air line goes into the intake of my HOB filter and then gets mixed in to the water very well. The ferts I use is leaf zone from petsmart. I have a huge variety of plants and they are all doing well. Some have even grown an inch in 1 week. The light set me back 75$ (got it from the discontinued shelf).

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:21 PM   #8
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I might just buy a 65w compact strip light from Big Al's or whatever
and does anyone know if it is ok to start adding diy co2 before i have better lighting?
i'm gonna try that jelly thing and the line is going into a mini elite in tank filter, i think that should do pretty good.
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I would get the light first because it's more controlable than the co2 is. That would be important in the case that the excessive CO2 causes some kind of algae out break. But i guess as long as everything is balanced, you should be fine adding the diy CO2 before the new light.
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ok i just ordered my light
65watt compact flourecent
i will just wait to add my co2
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:20 AM   #11
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I have had the new light for a while now and i have tried to set up some diy co2. The co2 worked great for about four days and then just stopped.
and since then i have been getting a bit of bba in my tank. i have also had a dark dusty film covering the leaves of some of my plants and green and brown algae covering the glass.
i havent been able to go to my LFS to get some excel, is there any other nutrients i might want to add? and fish or inverts for the algae?
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