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29g Build - My First High-Tech Tank

Hi everybody! I thought I would start a tank build thread on here. I recently brought my old tank to my new house and decided to start from scratch. I used eco-complete as my substrate, some manzanita wood, and some rocks I found lying around.

I am currently using a Sunsun HW 302 filter and a Finnex Stingray 30 inch light.

My current dosing regime is 1/2 cap of Excel daily and 1/2 cap of flourish 2 x weekly. My next upgrade I plan on is making my own CO2 diffuser and then once I dial in my CO2 levels I will upgrade my light to a Finnex Ray 2. I don't want to upgrade my light yet because I'm worried about it causing an algae issue if my CO2 isn't right.

Plants (so far):
Amazon Sword x 3
Microsword
Red Crypt
Green Crypt
Anubias Nana
Java Fern x 2
Vasuvius
Parrots Feather x 2
Hygrophila Angustifolia

Fish (so far):
Harlequin Rasbora x 14
Amano Shrimp x 4

Fish (planned):
Bushynose Pleco x 1
Cory (not sure which type yet) x 5-8
Dwarf Gourami x 2 (1 male, 1 female)
Bamboo Shrimp?

I would love suggestions for stocking, I am not as familiar with fish as some so it is tough for me to get creative here as I don't know many unique species that play well.

Let me know what you all think and what suggestions you have!

EDIT: There is also a moneywort and some anacharis in there as well. Also wanted to say that the one rock on top of the wood is just there to weigh it down, once the wood is waterlogged it will be removed.
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My current dosing regime is 1/2 cap of Excel daily and 1/2 cap of flourish 2 x weekly.
CSM+B from greenleaf or nilocg would last longer than flourish. Thus cheaper in the long run.

Excel alternative-
Metricide 28 glut 2.5%
Metricide 14 glut 2%

Metricide or Cidex. Not cidex odt. Excel has 1.5% Glut. A quart is approx $25 on evilEbay. At dealmed.com 1 gallon $18.20. shipping $9.99
glut = (1.5 x container)/ cidex glut%
glut = (1.5% * 100ml)/2.5%.
500ml bottle = 300ml of 2.5%(Metricide 28) + 200ml of water
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CSM+B from greenleaf or nilocg would last longer than flourish. Thus cheaper in the long run.

Excel alternative-
Metricide 28 glut 2.5%
Metricide 14 glut 2%

Metricide or Cidex. Not cidex odt. Excel has 1.5% Glut. A quart is approx $25 on evilEbay. At dealmed.com 1 gallon $18.20. shipping $9.99
glut = (1.5 x container)/ cidex glut%
glut = (1.5% * 100ml)/2.5%.
500ml bottle = 300ml of 2.5%(Metricide 28) + 200ml of water
Excellent info, thanks! For now I am working on my DIY CO2 (just got it set up tonight!) and am not going to worry about anything else until I get it dialed in. Once CO2 is all good I will work on my lighting and then once I feel good about both of those I will focus on getting my dosing on point. For now I will continue with the flourish just because I have probably a 2 month supply left.
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CSM+B from greenleaf or nilocg would last longer than flourish. Thus cheaper in the long run.

Excel alternative-
Metricide 28 glut 2.5%
Metricide 14 glut 2%

Metricide or Cidex. Not cidex odt. Excel has 1.5% Glut. A quart is approx $25 on evilEbay. At dealmed.com 1 gallon $18.20. shipping $9.99
glut = (1.5 x container)/ cidex glut%
glut = (1.5% * 100ml)/2.5%.
500ml bottle = 300ml of 2.5%(Metricide 28) + 200ml of water
Thanks for the info it will definitely be useful. I am going to use the flourish I have left (probably about 2 months worth) and by then I should have my CO2 and light dialed in, so I will start worrying about my dosing regime then.
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Thanks! I will keep that in mind.

Bump: Started setting up my first DIY CO2 yesterday! I have two 1L bottles as generators, a 20 oz bottle as a gas separator/bubble counter, and then a glass diffuser. I Was going to build a CO2 reactor but my parts list had me around $80+ and I figured I may as well buy a real CO2 system at that point so I decided to scale it back.

Total Cost: $51.78
1L Bottle x 2 - $3.98
20 oz Bottle - $1.89
Airline Tubing - $4.99
Airline Connectors - $2.99
T-Connectors - $2.99
Check Valve x 2 - $6.98
Diffuser - $16.99
Yeast - $5.99
Sugar - $2.49
Baking Soda - $2.49

$51.78 for a couple months worth of CO2 plus some extra materials isnt too shabby! My only concern is that the check valves I used may be too strong so that bubbles only escape periodically; we shall see.

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Thanks! I will keep that in mind.

Bump: Started setting up my first DIY CO2 yesterday! I have two 1L bottles as generators, a 20 oz bottle as a gas separator/bubble counter, and then a glass diffuser. I Was going to build a CO2 reactor but my parts list had me around $80+ and I figured I may as well buy a real CO2 system at that point so I decided to scale it back.

Total Cost: $51.78
1L Bottle x 2 - $3.98
20 oz Bottle - $1.89
Airline Tubing - $4.99
Airline Connectors - $2.99
T-Connectors - $2.99
Check Valve x 2 - $6.98
Diffuser - $16.99
Yeast - $5.99
Sugar - $2.49
Baking Soda - $2.49

$51.78 for a couple months worth of CO2 plus some extra materials isnt too shabby! My only concern is that the check valves I used may be too strong so that bubbles only escape periodically; we shall see.

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I tried that system. Has leaks where the tubing connected with 2 different caps. The best DIY kit is this for lower possibility of leaks. People whom use it have to fiddle with it constantly.
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