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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-30-2005, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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I curently have a 46 gal. bowfront freshwater community tank that has been up and running since October '04. It currently has an Emporer 400 power filter, 3" of natural gravel, all chemical levels are fine, no CO2 and (1) 30w 4,200K fluorescent bulb (yellow tint). The inhabitants are (1) 2" Clown Pleco, (1) 4 1/2" Bristlenose Pleco, (2) 3" Yo-Yo Loaches, (6) 1 1/2" Black Skirt Tetras, (6) 2" Juili Corydoras, (6) 1" Zebra Danios, (3) 3/4" Otos, and a few litllte snails that are to big for the loaches. Plants are all real and they include some Java Fern, Java Moss, Anarchis, some hornwort, (2) nice crypts and some lilly plant from Wal-Mart (bulb). Also have some driftwood, rocks, and slate.

Everything is running fine, I have had no fish deaths yet (knocks on wood). Plant growth is slow but that was expected. Now comes my question... I just ordered 3 bags of eco-complete and (1) 36" 1x96W Coralife 6,700K freshwater Aqualight.

Am I an idiot for ordering this stuff since all if fine in my underwater world. Now I want to take the next step and try my aquascaping skills. Am I heading in the right direction? Any comments and Ideas will be much appreciated.
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... Now I want to take the next step and try my aquascaping skills. Am I heading in the right direction?
If this is where you want to go, it's certainly a step in the righ direction! The eco-complete should work out quite nice. I seem to recall adding 4 bags of Flourite to my tank, but 3 should be close. The 96w is still on the low-side, but you should definitely be able to get into additional plants with that. You will definitely want to do something about CO2. If you can afford around $200, I'd recommend going straight to pressurized CO2 with an all-in-one regulator and a DIY reactor. If you can't spring that, you can certainly start learning about it with the DIY method.

Check out my specs below. You're getting there ! Good luck!
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Is there an all glass hood that I can get so I can still use my existing 30w?
I know 3 bags might be cutting it but I purchased them for a little under $50.00 shipping included and if I added (1) more bag the cost jumped to almos $90.00, so (3) will have to do for now.

I am looking into the DIY CO2 now.
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