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240 plant project

here is my tank. I have added gravel and more rock since this pic I just havnt had time to take pics, I have ruffly 1100 watts to go over it and plan on using a 10lb co2 bottle, filtration will be 3-xp3 canisters, any comments or suggestions would be great I will update it here as it evolves.
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Nice hardscape. and 1100W sounds alot for 240 gallon. What type of light do you have?


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Yea, that does seem like some very high wattage.

You may want to add some powerheads to help with some water circulation as plants grow larger, seeing that you have such high wattage of light.
How do you plan to heat your tank?
Are you using metal halide, T5s, PCFs?

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sorry for the late replys I stay very busy, I have 8-96watt pc and 2-250 watt Mh. this is too much huh? should I drop the mh lights for two more 96 watt power compacts? as far as heating the tank I have 3 inline hydors 300 or 400 watt I cant remember what I ordered,lol. but they are siting in the basment. do you think if left with the lighting I have now I will need the heaters? and as far as circulation the three xp3's wont be enuff? thanks for any help.

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Scott,
Its great seeing your tank after we meet up last week. If it was my choice I would keep the Mh and cut back on the pc's. Personally I like the look that the Mh put off. Hey, I just updated my lighting also on my tank, the plants are growing like crazy. Ill have some plants before long for you, so let me know when your ready.
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hey, small world,lol. I hope im ready soon for those plants. i pretty much have every thing I need for the tank i just hav'nt thrown it together, and im wanting the co2 to be automatic and I havnt got a ph controller yet

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Hydor inline heaters only go up to 300 watts.
One inline heater for each canister filter you have planned now will do fine.
You may want to add a powerhead or two inside your tank, it may not be needed though.
Also, any reason was to why a full automatic system? A solenoid on a timer is enough I think.

The lights will provide some heat, but when the lights are off, the temperature is going to go down anyways.

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Hydor inline heaters only go up to 300 watts.
One inline heater for each canister filter you have planned now will do fine.
You may want to add a powerhead or two inside your tank, it may not be needed though.
Also, any reason was to why a full automatic system? A solenoid on a timer is enough I think.

The lights will provide some heat, but when the lights are off, the temperature is going to go down anyways.
well I guess I thought it would be safer, to have a ph controller, also I just like the idea, any ideas on the best way to diffuse the co2 in this size tank? should I have co2 entering the tank in more than one spot?

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Have you heard of the Mazzei venturi?
Very effective is what I hear.
Here is one place to get them... I don't know of any others, but there are more.
http://www.aquaticeco.com/index.cfm/...etail/iid/7963
They are expensive however.

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hey scottie, what are the dimensions of the tank? 8' x 2' x 2' ?
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What Id inject the C02 on both ends of the tank. I think Id do a DIY pvc pipe reactor that is Inline with two of the xp3's. I think this would dispers the C02 evenly and effectively

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different color of woods bothers me a lot. will it be the same brownish once you add water?


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hey scottie, what are the dimensions of the tank? 8' x 2' x 2' ?
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