Hello. New user here. My names Josiah. I own a Pest Control company here in Florida (ENG Pest Control hence the user name). My brief introduction for my first post.
I have had a 75g planted tank set up for almost 8 years now. It is time do do a revamp and I am very out of the loop for current tech.
Not too worried about money but I am not wasteful.
Currently running --- What I am looking for
2x 110 aqua clear 110's --- Looking to upgrade to a quality canister filter.
Over head light 2x t5 6700 (48") --- Either a new t5 set up or led's unfortunately I have no clue how to select leds (like the idea of leds)
I stopped injecting Co2 almost a year ago now as I was having a hard time finding time to fill tanks as my local place closed down. I want to inject Co2 again.
1. Is it normal to use up a five pound tank in 2-3 weeks
2. Should I invest in a 20 or 50lb tank
3. What is the best place to purchase Co2 accessories as id like to buy new lines, diffusers etc.
Lastly if anyone has any input on new equipment that wasn't standard 8 years ago id like to take a look.
Thank's for you time
Welcome to the forum!
I can't say how much CO2 you're going to use in a 75G, but a 5lb lasts close to 5 months for my 20G at pretty heavy injection rates (at 13-14 hour periods). As injection rates vary wildly depending on how you're going about it, it's hard to say whether you have a leak, you're injecting in a horribly inefficient manner, or you really are using that. Having said all that, 2-3 weeks do seem a little on the low side. As for finding a place to fill, see if you can find a beer keg place in addition to the usual industrial gas and soda co2 supply places. They'd happily fill your tanks all the same as for the kegerator guys. I feel a 20 or 50lb tank could be a convenience if you don't want to keep running for refills and much cheaper as filling a 20 is much less than 4x the price of filling a 5, but it's also that much a bigger tank to hide if you have to so take that into consideration. You can't run the tank sideways so that's another limiting factor.
CO2 supplies can be found in a myriad of online shops/fleabay/amazon/other members. If you're going into co2 reactors, you'll even find yourself visiting the hardware store for parts.
Lighting, ehh, I, well, I guess it also sort of depends on what plants you plan on getting. If you're getting easy plants, no reason why your existing lights won't work. There's also a recent topic for a return to T5HO lights for better results with redder plants. But regardless, lighting is probably something you can spend a while looking into or even starting a different topic for in the lighting forums. Just remember, too much light = algae! So whatever you get, think of a way of being able to reduce it! If it's undimmable T5HOs, consider floaters, raising, adding screens, that sort of thing.
Hmm, what's new in the last 8 years? I think a lot more people have learned about fertilizing the water column for best results. If you weren't paying attention, I'd look into EI and/or PPS-Pro fertilizing regimens.
There's probably a ton of things that popped up in the recent years.
I'd just go spend some time here to catch up: https://www.advancedplantedtank.com/
That is a nice site created by a plantedtank member who turned pro. It has a nice collection of most of the useful and relevant forum wisdom in one compact place.
Have fun and good luck!