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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-14-2008, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question Nano Cube Questions

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I just got my nano cube in the mail today. My questions...

* It came with a surface skimming grate. Is this needed on a planted tank; pros/cons?

* I'm going to run DIY Co2. Where do you place your Co2 line? There is 1 notch on the back for a heater. Maybe I can squeeze it there and bury the airline between the sponges; therefore, the filtration becomes a reactor. Will this create a vacuum and suck the contents out of my bottle and into the tank?

* The tank came with 2 50/50 lights 7100k/actinic. What number rating (in k's) is an actinic light?
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Hey N8-

~ You don't need the skimmer. That's for saltwater, which gets protein muck buildup floating on the top... planted tanks don't (that I know of anyway).

~ re: co2 line placement - do you mean the hose line itself or whatever you're using as a diffuser? Putting it in line with your filtration outtake vent like you mention is a good idea, if possible. Put a check valve ($1.49 at any LFS) between the bottle and the tank and no worries about backflow of yeast into the tank.

~ Actinic is for saltwater and the light concentration is way higher (if measureed in Kelvins) than a planted freshwater tank needs, starting above 10,000 and going up from there.

Ideal plant light range in Kelvins is anywhere between 2000 (red-ish) to around 7500 (blue-ish)... 5700 to 6500 is probably easiest and most ideal for the planted tank, but others may want to add their input here.
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