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Hi I have a JBJ 3 gallon pico and wanted to make it into a planted tank.. It use to house a nano-reef until the water one day got to 89 F and killed all the coral and fish... I have never really done FW before so what equipment would I need for this and would would you suggest.. any help would be great

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Hi I have a JBJ 3 gallon pico and wanted to make it into a planted tank.. It use to house a nano-reef until the water one day got to 89 F and killed all the coral and fish... I have never really done FW before so what equipment would I need for this and would would you suggest.. any help would be great

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For starters, you need a filter, a heater, a light fixture that is suitable for a planted setup, a substrate, and a CO2 system, depending on what lighting you have. It pertty much all depends on your tast, and what you want out of your tank. Do you want a low light, low maintanance setup, or a high tech, high light, setup? You can probably use some of the things that you used for the tank when it was SW, as long as you have thourougly cleaned it, preferably with vinigar and water. Depending on what light fixture you had, you might be able to change the bulb and still use the fixture. For substrate, there are many good brands out there. Eco-complete, Flourite, and ADA substrates all work great for a planted tank. Again, almost everything depends on your buget, and what your personal tastes are.
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I have a coralife PC fixture that puts out 48W so thats about 16W per gallon ( they are 10k) I also have a 9W one as well...I have a filter and heaters as well... What is a CO2 system and how do I go about using one properly? I would like to get a "Grass" like plant on the floor and maybe some driftwood .. not 100% on it yet... The tank was cleaned out with a mixture of vinegar and water.

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Sorry for not gettting back to you that quick.

That light is way to strong for a 3g tank. I would get a flourecent desk lamp, they sell for $20-30 at Home Depot and such. They work great for smaller tanks. As for as CO2, if you have a whole lot of lighting, you will need a pressurized CO2 system. They will probably run you around $300. Since you have a smaller tank, a DIY CO2 system should suffice. Unless of course you have a lot of lighting. I would research the basics of FW planted tanks. That should help you with all your desitions.
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Welcome! I'm sorry to hear about your pico reef.

I absolutely agree with Jake. That's way too much light for a freshwater tank. The 9 watt light is not enough. The most popular way to light a tank like this is with a desk lamp. If you go to home depot, you'll find a $20 Hampton bay desk lamp. I have it, and it's wonderful! It will be perfect for your tank.

Since your old heater malfunctioned, you'll need a new one.

What were you using as a filter?

If you want a cheap substrate, sand works really well. I bought a 50 pound bag from home depot for less than $3. I use sand in all my tanks The only thing with sand is that if it's really deep, anaerobic pockets can form, and when they're released, they can kill fish.... That being said, I've never had an issue with this. Just keep the sand depth to less than 3" and you're good to go :-) agitating the sand bed a little bit once every few months will help, too.

CO2 is an issue of its own... I suggest you do some reading about that. short answer...you need it. You can provide this either via a pressurized CO2 set up, or you can set up DIY CO2.

If you have any specific questions, we can help you with those, too :-)

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