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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-10-2013, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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180L (48usgal) Newbie seeking guidance

Hello! I'm an 18 year old asian kid with too much free time on his hands.
I've graduated from (an asian) highschool specialising in Physics, Chemistry and Math, so dealing with very in-depth specifics with regards to this hobby is perfectly fine, don't hold back!

Aquarium Info:
  • 180L / 48 US gal / 40 UK gal
  • 90l x 45h x 45b cm
  • 2x 39w T5HO: Cool White (to balance colours out) 39W + Reddish plant-specific 39W light. (enough?)
  • No CO2 set up but sufficient resources to get pressurised or DIY 4x1.5L sodas.
  • Substrate is some knock-off plant substrate layered under standard sillica sand.
  • Hardscape contains no carbonate minerals, tested with nitric acid and.
Hoping to settle water chemistry as well as tank direction before getting fishes.

Plants, left to right:
Since I'm new, I'd love some advice!
My goal: A nice aquarium to look at; I'm not looking for a crazy-growing tank that will require me to do regular trimmings.

Should I use DIY Yeast CO2 with 4x 1.5L soda bottles? (Setup's already done, just if I should use it nor not) Or should I go with pressurised?

Because, I don't need that much carbon - I'm already targeting 10-15ppm to slow the growth rate down, also remember that my lighting isn't the greatest. I'll hold off for now on 30ppm. (tell me if this is a bad idea!)

Any advice/comments would be much appreciated!
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