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Old 10-29-2013, 04:28 AM   #1
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New tank advise


Hi,

I seriously need some help with this, I'm interested in setting up a live planted tank.

I need to know what is the cost of setting up one, preferably Nano tank same as the one in the picture.

I also need to know whether any where they sell it as a complete set up where i can just out in the water and start rearing .

If not what are the separate equipment I need to get ?

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Old 10-29-2013, 12:43 PM   #2
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The ones in the pic look like eheim aquastyle. They come with the tank, light, and corner filter. You would need to buy a heater and substrate.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:02 PM   #3
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If you're in Singapore visit Green Chapter. That place is planted tank heaven.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:43 PM   #4
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Hey,
I'm from SG; if you DIY it can cost as low as 30 bucks without a CO2 system. Or if you go the hi-tech CO2 route it'll cost 100++ as cheap CO2 systems tend to be less reliable.

There are shops that sell complete sets with or without plants/lifestock. Buying display pieces that are already planted will be significantly more expensive. For longer term upkeep you will still need to get fertilizer, and decide on a carbon source ( either CO2, seachem excel/metricide, or soil decomposition).

Well-kept planted tanks are a bit more troublesome compared to keeping fish, so you'd want to do a bit more research before deciding what to get. All the larger shops will have all the components you need, you can even order through online retailers that will deliver everything to your doorstep at a slight premium.

For comparison:
DIY tank under 50 bucks using garden soil substrate & ikea desklamp


Fully planted tank set for 250
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:09 AM   #5
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Thanks , Green chapter seem good as it's very close to me ,

Could you guy advise me what are the items that i need to get? i doesnt want to walk into the store and end up buying things that i don't need which the salesperson introduce to me .

The website they showed this tank and i think i'm looking at something similar to this
http://www.gcshop-sg.com/learn_v.php?aid=21&topic=2




List of item to buy
1) GUSH Crystal Garden 45H ,1 pc, 45x24x30cm H / 5mm - $75
2) BORNEOWILD PLANT SOIL ,1 pack, 8kg - $38
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what else do i need ,
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:01 PM   #6
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In addition to the tank & substrate you will need:
Lights
Filter/pump (pump if you decide to be filterless)
Carbon source (CO2 or Excel or soil decomposition)
Fertilizer (NPK + Fe + Traces)
Plants & hardscape/rock/wood etc

Optional:
Pruning & planting tools (scissors, forceps)

Thats about it
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:19 PM   #7
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Hi , Xiao Zhuang any store to intro where I can get those stuff that I need ?
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:50 PM   #8
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I'll PM you, I think vendor reviews are not allowed on the forum
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