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new tank setup... testing the waters

so I want to setup my spare 29g as a planted tank; I tried planted tanks in the past with somewhat limited success (too much light, not enough ferts, no CO2 in two cases, and in others I just didnt keep up with maintenance, etc) and I want to do it right this time. so, on to my plans, and my questions:

LIGHT: I have two spare fixtures (one 30" and one 24") both with 2X24watt T5HO's centered in the center of the fixture; single reflector, but bent around the shape of the bulbs. I'm thinking I'll use one of these (probably the 30") with 2-10K bulbs, and if too much light becomes a problem attach some window screening to the splash guard to cut down on light output, or otherwise search home depot for a usable fixture.

SUBSTRATE: either eco-complete or red flourite- is one better than the other?

CO2: all I know is that it will be DIY. I was thinking 1-2 2L bottles (I'm not sure if I need 2, or if 1 will be sufficient) attached to a limestone via airline (with a check valve, of course).

DOSING: I'm thinking flourish exel, but beyond that I'm not sure.

FILTRATION: in this, I have no ideas. it seems power filters arent the best choice for planted tanks... I was thinking an internal filter would be a good choice, but I just dont know which is best?

for plants, Im open to suggestions; I was thinking some crypts, some vals, I would love a tiger lotus, java fern, maybe some mosses, as well as various stem plants (rotala will likely make it in there, being one of my favorite plants) were what I was thinking.

fish-wise, I have a few ideas. a pair of angels with some cories, or a betta sorority with some cories and schoolers and/or maybe guppies, or maybe some scarlet badis and a few schoolers, or a pair of rams and some schoolers. like I said, lots of ideas.

anyways, as you can tell I'm in need of some direction, so any help is greatly apprecciated
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Don't use a limestone to diffuse your co2. Just put a lift tube under a powerhead, and plumb the airline into the tube. The venturi effect helps draw out the gas, and if you split the impeller blades on the powerhead, it will produce a few bubbles, but mostly mist that will blow around the tank.

It works very well with DIY CO2, and is pretty cheap, very cheap if you already have an old powerhead.
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angels from what i've been told do good in groups of 5-6 or more OR 1 for a community tank.. 2-3 and they fight for territory
also filtration most people will point you to one or the other cannister filter setups, they are quiet, hold lots of media, and remain mostly unseen. plus you can plumb just about everything u'll need through one( or even dont need) examples are, inline heater, diffuser, uv lamp, drainage system if u get technical, extra media cannisters.. all this stuff can be hidden in line below the tank
sunsun makes a good affordable cannister off ebay that has a review on here somewhere
flourite tends to last longer than eco-complete but it turns out to be preference really.
fertilizers look up the green leaf aquarium starter package. dry fertilizers are your most cost effective ferts
one fixture will be enough. i have a 29 and run two normal outputs that totals 72 watts but i also have more c02 than DIY can supply consistently
nothing wrong with 10k bulbs but u might consider throwing a midday bulb somewhere between 5-7 k instead of having two 10k

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I would probably end up with a single angel, once they begin to grow and aggression kicks in; I'd really like a pair eventually (to go in their own tank, not stay in the 29) so was going to start with a small group and shift things around until a pair forms.
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In a 29 just buy 3 angelsfish. When you get a pair you can tak the other back to the store.
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