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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-25-2004, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Please review my setup im getting ready to put up

Hello,

I have had freshwater and Reef aquariums since I was a kid and I now want to put up a planted tank. I have a target date of 1 Month before it all goes up and wanted to see what you all think of the setup.

36x20x18 Diamond polished tank, Two 3/4 holes in back (will plumb Eheim in)
Orbit 2x96 Watt Lighting
Eheim 2026
Tunze Substrate Heating cables
5 bags of Eco-Complete
5Lb CO2 tank with Regulator
I have a glass difussor that makes the co2 twirl around like 6 times in loops (will that work?)

I would like to have Discus and a school of Neon Tetra's. I would like to use driftwood and Petrafied wood for decoration inside.
Well that is what I have so far, what do you guys think?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-25-2004, 10:12 PM
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Looks good. But IMHO you don't need the heating cables.
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Thanks for the Feedback! The only reason im using the heating cables is because I got them free. Is there a drawback to using them?
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"I have a glass difussor that makes the co2 twirl around like 6 times in loops (will that work?)" It will work but not as well as if you were to get a good reactor an plumb it inline with the ehiem filter. I have a reactor 1000 and it works GREAT! If your going to spend the money on a presurized system, you might as well get a good reactor! Just my 2 cents!

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Thanks for the reply. Could you please recommend a good reactor or maybe post a link so I can take a look at it? How do they work?
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Here is a link to the external reactor from aqua medic

http://www.aquadirect.com/store/cust...1&cat=7&page=1

And here is a link to a diy one

http://www.aquaticscape.com/articles/co2reactor.htm

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50G Tank; Eheim 2026 Filter, Eheim 2213 Filter, Hydor ETH 300w heater, 9w UV Steriliser, CO2 Pressurized system with JBL PH Controller & Aqua Medic 1000 Reactor, 3wpg lighting, Tetra Plant substrate
60G Tank; Project 1500l Filter, 2 Hydor 150w heaters, 9w UV Steriliser, JBL CO2 Pressurized system with Eheim diffuser, 2wpg lighting, Tetra Plant substrate
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Your choices sound good!

Some of us believe CO2 reactors are superior to CO2 diffusers. Some of us believe diffusers are fine. The choice is up to you. Personally, I prefer a reactor. A reactor does a bang up job at dissolving CO2 into the aquarium, and if it is an external reactor that plugs into a canister filter's tubing, there is one less piece of equipment in your aquarium.

I am with Rex on the heating cables. They are neat, but unnecessary. The drawback on heating cables would be that the roots of some plants (Crypts, Swords) can get tangled up in the heating cables. If you were to pull up a plant that had it's roots wrapped up in the cables, you would have a good change of pulling up the heating cables as well!

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I will go ahead and look into the reactor. I do like the idea of one less thing inside the aquarium! I was going to use the heating cables as I got them free but I do have a Ebo Jager heater laying around also. Thanks for the help and if you guys can think of anything else you think I need or should change please let me know

Also what is the size of tubing that reactor (Aquamedic) takes? Will it fit my Eheims 1/2"?
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I just hooked up an AM1000 reactor on my 75G about a month ago and love it. I run the XP filters but I know all these eheim pimps are using the reactor also so you should have no problems with the setup.

Great looking list of equiptment ya got going...have fun with the new setup
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Thanks for your post Buck. I did a little research and the company I work for sells it so I will be getting the reactor. Later when I have the stand and all the equipment I will need everyones help on determining which plants I should get. Thank you all
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