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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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my first planted nano **new pics last page**

so basically this is the first time ive decided to plunge into the world of nature aquariums. i purchased a finnex 4 gallon deluxe and it will be here in a few days just have a few questions about how to get started.....

during the cycle should i have plants in the system?

is co2 injection a necessity? if so how many bps for a 4 gallon finnex?

what's substrate do you recommend? i am torn between ada amazonia and eco complete which do you prefer?

thanks for you time this is really gonna help me out

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I believe having plants in the tank during the cycle phase will help speed things up a bit.

Co2 is not necessary but it does help plant growth (some fish and shrimp are a little sensitive to Co2 though so it all depends what you plan to have in your tank).

I can't really recommend one or the other because I've only used ADA aquasoil before. I have heard both ADA and Eco are pretty good substrates though. I believe ADA has more nutrients but it takes longer to cycle than Eco Complete.
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so i decided to go with eco complete and planted some hg. still waiting for my co2 system and lily pipes to come in new pics soon!
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these tanks look so exquisite.. maybe 1bps won't be harmful..

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i was thinking the same thing! i was going to do a diy co2 but i think im gonna go for the fluval 88g kit
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the fluval co2 is like $20+ and you have to buy cartridges..

i started with diy and now i'm using the paintball setup..

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so i just checked my ph and its around 7.5-7.6 is this ok
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Ditch the fluval co2, and go with DIY yeast, paintball, or excel.

I'm assuming this will be a shrimp tank?
What other plants are you planning to put in there?

BtW, nice choice for a first tank.

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Off to a nice start.
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How do you control the amount of co2 going into the tank with a DIY unit or it it just enough that it doesnt matter
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What other plants are you planning to put in ?
I was thinking some Hc in the foreground and maybe a little Christmas moss but I think my ph might be to high at the moment it's 7.5-7.6 doesn't Hc like a neutral ph
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Just ordered the fluval 88g kit didn't really wanny go the DIY route!! My lily pipes from aquatic magic should be in tomorrow so I'll upload some new photos

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Looks great!!!
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I would have gone with this:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sp...-complete.html
Just add a 20oz bottle.

4-5 refills of the fluval will cost more/same* as buying the setup mentioned above. Either way, the paintball setup is cheaper in the long run.

*YMMV depending on the prices of co2 refill, co2 tank, and replacement fluval cartridges.

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Funny thing is my wife loves the tank and said I should get more!!! Picking up 2 fluval specs tmrw and I'm gonna order what you suggested for their co2 systems lol

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