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Old 01-12-2013, 08:36 PM   #16
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Y not injection co2 into the sump?
That tank is 150g? Wow look small.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:39 PM   #17
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I was under the impression that I would loose co2 due to the splashing. I suppose I could bring water level up over drain to eliminate splashing.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:34 PM   #18
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CO2 gases off even if you stir the water too much. A sump is a bad idea to keep IMO. Go with the canister and insert a DYI reactor out of a household water filter.

Make that two canisters.

MH is too much. The tank height is the key ingredient. I made myself a nice carpet out of Ranunculus Inundatus. You can use almost any small plant to carpet the substrate. The MH creates more problems for the beginner and you could end up being frustrated by algae.

If you do a plantless cycling don't turn the light on until the tank is stable. Otherwise, fill it with plants and start the CO2 right from the start. Keep the photoperiod and CO2 low at start and increase it during the next month after the tank is stable.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:28 AM   #19
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I think I may lean toward a low tech tank for now. Finding out equipment will cost more than want to spend at the moment.
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