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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-05-2020, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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So the tank arrived.(430L).along with the brand new filters.(.fx6 and oase 600)...ill attach some photos....this is going to be a heavily planted carpeted tank....

Still waiting on the lights..and one bubble counter to complete the co2 system....filters have been pimped with purigen and matrix......

Have ordered some glass lilly pipes and clear filter hose to go on at a later date...along with uv sterilizer....


Tank was so heavy i had to pay a moving company to lift it from my garage to living room into place....(very thick glass)

Soon as lighting arrives I will be safe to order the plants.....will keep you all updated....

This is the first large fish tank (planted) I've ever attempted...ive got a whole bunch of Oliver knott aqua earth along with eco complete planted aquarium substrate ready to go ...im finding the decision on what plants to order very difficult...along with the hunt for decent driftwood....deffinantly keeping me busy.
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Your co2 set-up is unlikely to be sufficient for that tank.

I would plan for at least a 10lb canister + commercial grade regular and a needle valve.
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10lb at least, if you can find a 20lb with wider base that can fit inside, that would be perfect.
Something like this: https://www.google.com/search?q=20lb...EjqIIgfDPXChqM
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This is going to be a great project and I'm excited to follow. I hate to agree that it needs to get a little more expensive with a larger CO2 tank and proper regulator, etc. but that expense will be well worth it. Please keep us updated!

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I didnt even say what size co2 tank i have lol? Are u reffering to the photos? The small tabk is bigger than it looks its not a tiny disposable if that's what your thinking...

I do have proper regulators too who ever said that..(I've tried the no needle valve options and will never go back to that)

At the moment I have a massive co2 tank on my 58L

And a smaller co2 tank ready for the 430L

I'll attatch some photos I'm thinking both will be sufficient but if not i can swap them...let me know what u think?


Installed the lights today(photos attatched) and ordered 200$ aud worth of ghost vine because i wasn't happy with any driftwood i could find myself...also had to pay another 90$aud for some extensions on the LED s cables so i can neatern that up when they arrive...nowni just need to order heaps of plants... oh and figure out how to set these difficult leds with the whole lunar cycle and what not lol
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Definitely subscribing to this! Any thoughts on what to put inside the tank, any particular style or feature you're going after?

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I didnt even say what size co2 tank i have lol? Are u reffering to the photos? The small tabk is bigger than it looks its not a tiny disposable if that's what your thinking...
We are just estimating size of the tank based on the known size of the oase filter right next to it in the picture. To my eye it looks like around a 1 kg tank? The regulator on it looks like it is single stage as well?

A 430 Liter (or 113 gallon) tank should go through 1 kg of co2 in about a month, maybe less. And if that is a single stage regulator then when the pressure in the co2 cylinder drops to a certain level all the gas left in the tank will rush into your aquarium in a very short period of time. This is one of the common ways people gas their fish/shrimp to death. It can be avoided by using a 2 stage regulator. Your other co2 tank looks like a 5 kg model? This is a good size for the the 430 liter tank and you should definitely plan on using that right away.
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[/QUOTE We are just estimating size of the tank based on the known size of the oase filter right next to it in the picture. To my eye it looks like around a 1 kg tank? The regulator on it looks like it is single stage as well?

A 430 Liter (or 113 gallon) tank should go through 1 kg of co2 in about a month, maybe less. And if that is a single stage regulator then when the pressure in the co2 cylinder drops to a certain level all the gas left in the tank will rush into your aquarium in a very short period of time. This is one of the common ways people gas their fish/shrimp to death. It can be avoided by using a 2 stage regulator. Your other co2 tank looks like a 5 kg model? This is a good size for the the 430 liter tank and you should definitely plan on using that right away.[/QUOTE]

Not sure if the regulator is dual stage or not it was about 250$ AUD so hope so...

And not sure what size the small tank is i will deffs be buying a bigger one soon though.. the big one is 13kg or something i think so I can use it to refill the small one with the right attatchement...the shop down the road didn't have the size in between which is the 5/6kg thats perfect hence why i got the massive one
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what type of LEDs are those?
They're pop bloom of eBay...apparently the par is between 350-200 @ 25cm ....annoying settings though not sure wether to try the lunar settings where they slowly ramp up and down at the beginning and end of the day or just set it the way I want and put it on my own timer...

I wanna do 8 hours but the inbuilt timer seems to only let me do 10 minimum
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Definitely subscribing to this! Any thoughts on what to put inside the tank, any particular style or feature you're going after?
So far black planted substrated ...whole bunch of plants which I'm yet to order and a whole bunch of ghost vine...

Or if you mean fish I'm not sure yet...open to ideas
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Driftwood arrived today so time to get this stuff soaking and order a heck load of plants.....
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Very long day finally filling her up...photos attatched ....ran out of superglue so more moss to come...and photos dont look too good with the lights off...will post better photo tomorrow when full
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Cool! Looking forward to seeing more and fully flooded!

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So here the finished photos... .cant wait to see how it looks when everything grows in....was a little short in substrate ...would have like some more depth towards the back....but for my first proper large planted tank I'm very happy .
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