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Well, first of all, Thank You to all. Ya'll are my inspiration. I'm Really excited to finally start getting things under way. This is what's going on so far:

1. Ordered my rimless 20H, which will be ready on Friday.
2. Bought 1 bag of Eco-Complete and 2 bags of Onyx
3. Wood has been soaked and leached out (check out link for Pictures)
4. Bought some lights of America Lighting 2 x 27watt CF 6500K light Fixtures
I know what people say about LOA but I got both for $30. With the
equivelency of 300wats, I think it wil do. (check out link for Pictures)

Haven't decided on Filtration and CO2 yet. Suggestions appreciated. I know I'm missing things so feel free to add. Thanks to all!

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When it says it is the equivalent of 300 watts, that means 300 incandescent watts. With their poor reflectors and such you can probably estimate that you will be losing 25-50% of the light to restrike and such. I will not knock them though. It is your money to spend as you see fit. I personally would never go that route though because later on I would not be happy and end up ordering AH Supply lights and the money I spent on the LOA's would have been wasted.
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Yep, when people refer to watts here, it's almost always fluorescent watts - or some other high-efficiency lighting.

So you have 2.7 watts per gallon, which is medium light. Extra penalty for a high tank, light disperses before it reaches the bottom. You'll have best success with low-light plants, medium-light plants might do ok, high-light will not.

At any rate, if you're not satisfied with your lighting, those are some very nice desk lamps for $15 each. They would probably kick arse on nano tanks, too. Where did you get them?
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Thanks for the info on the lights. I've decided to go another way with the tank. I bought 2ea 10lb bags of Aquatic Soil to lay down as a base and I am going to lay the eco-complete over that. I was thinking of keeping the whole tank simple. I think I will stick with Taiwan Moss (Christmas Tree) and Java in the tank. My question is how much recommend light should I go with. Thanks -

Here's a pick of the tank and wood
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I think I'm going to go with canister filtration. I'm going to try and keep as much equipment hidden as possible.
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I'm interested on what canister filter you will be using, I'm trying to decide what to use on my 20g high too, maybe eheim 2113...


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aanderson09, I've decided to go with the Fluval 204. At Petsmart it rings up a $114 but on the website it's on sale for $57. I got them to price match the website and they gave it to me for that price. Pretty good deal if I don't say.
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Just Finished my DIY Compact Flo hood. I'm using five 27w Spiral 5500k CF lights in it. No it's not pretty, I KNOW! It won't be very visible under the lip of the solid oak book case. I will window dress it abit - OK.

5 x 27w = 135watts total - taking into all condsiderations - 5 wpg or more

$20 wood and Hardware
$45 Lights and Hardware
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$65 total DIY

Pictures don't do it justice - It' Really Really Bright!
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Looks good.
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Thanks, got a question though. The Bottom Substrate it 3in (aquatic Soil) do I just lay the ECO-complete over it - or do I mix it in?
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5 x 27w = 135watts total - taking into all condsiderations - 5 wpg or more


$45 Lights and Hardware

For about another $15 you could have bought AH Supply. Their 1x55w Bright Kit and a bulb only runs about $60. And you would have had more light getting into your tank. Due to restrike and poor reflectors you would have to be REALLY lucky to match the output of just one of their 55w Bright Kits.

But I do admire your ingenuity. If it works for you then by all means go for it.
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JonMulzer, yeah I know your right, but I must say there is some satisfaction in doing it yourself. Now for this mess I call my tank. In my mind I have this surreal image of a mossy Amano tank, but the reality of it is that I have all these Fringin Things - hanging or sitting on the back of my tank. I'm going to have to re-think my plants.
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I have one small suggestion--you might want to think about moving your wood back a little from the front glass. It's a pain to clean the front glass if the wood/rocks are so close you can't get an algae scraper of some kind in between your hardscape and the glass.
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Looks good. What is your stocking plan for this tank?
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observant_imp, absolutely right didn't think about that, but the wood is cut perfect for the tank, my fault. I't just going to be that front root piece that will give me problems. Thanks.

Perfectblue, I've getting some Glosso and Blyxa Japonica for the front and back, and Taiwan Moss (Christmas Tree) for the wood. Maybe something tall and slender to cover the equipment, or not?
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