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What do I need?

I'm a newbie with planted tanks. I have had discus for many years. I now want to start a planted nano tank. The tank I want is a 17 gallon rimless open top tank measurements are 20"x13"x15".

What do I need to buy? What type of lights? What type of soils? What type of co2 (I'll probably go with the fluval mini first)?

Budget is under $200.

Types of fish I want is probably cardinal tetras, fancy guppies, some shrimps, and something that will eat algae. Type of plants I like the carpet type and ferns on driftwood.
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Here is one inexpensive way to light that tank: use two of these, http://ozbo.com/679663-Lamp-Clamp-Repti-Deep-Dome.html with screw-in CFL bulbs, and hang them over the tank, like this https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/li...ml#post1581107 But, I don't see how you are going to stay under $200 with a rimless 17 gallon tank plus the lights, heater, and filter, let alone a substrate, plants and fish. How much will the tank cost?

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The tank only cost $35.

What kind of CFL club do I get? I see that home depot sells them but are those lights like yellowish? I also see some that are LEDS and glass bulb, does the LEDS bulbs fit in that fixture you linked me?

This is what I found, http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

How do I get the bluish white and pink color look? Are all these bulbs is white?
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The tank only cost $35.

What kind of CFL club do I get? I see that home depot sells them but are those lights like yellowish? I also see some that are LEDS and glass bulb, does the LEDS bulbs fit in that fixture you linked me?

This is what I found, http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

How do I get the bluish white and pink color look? Are all these bulbs is white?
Those Phillips lights seem to be "soft white" which would probably look yellow to you. You can use 6500K CFL bulbs and get a crisp white light. I don't know of any CFL bulbs that will give a pink color, but it isn't necessary to use pink bulbs.

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