Id go for 3 bags of eco, a t5NO fixture, and skip the flourish unless you don't mind paying for them.
Ok, I'll get 3 bags. thanks
Originally Posted by Seattle_Aquarist
Hi detroit fan,
I agree 3 bags of substrate. The 20L is only 12" high with 2" substrate you are 10" from top to substrate. With a T5NO bulb you will be at 'low/medium light' according to Hoppy's chart
Actually I think that Seachem Flourish Comprehensive with Flourish tabs for root feeders is an excellent choice. Complete, balanced, and easy to use was what I wanted when I started and the ones you chose are what I used when I started planted tanks with the following result.
45 gallon using Seachem Flourish Comprehensive
thanks for the advice, your tank looks great!
Skip the pH controller and calibration fluid unless you're using pressurized CO2.
You might want to add a water changer to the list if you don't already have one.
The aquarium controller that i have already has a built in ph monitor, I just like to use it so I can see a digital ph readout anytime. I'll look at some water changers, thanks for the suggestion.
skip the roll of bulk filter floss and head to walmart for the same thing and save $
he want low light not med light, t5no will throw med light for them.
the bulk pad is only about $4, is it even cheaper at walmart? i might just use 2 Aquaclear sponges and skip the floss.
I have thought about T5NO, I've used T5HO for years on my saltwater set ups, but I figured with only about 10" of depth after I add the substrate the T8 shoudl be enough. I guess I could always add another T8 bulb if it's not quite enough.
Similar comment about the ammonia. Look in local stores like 'Dollar Tree' types of stores, and Ace hardware. Reagent grade is not needed.
ok. the bottle I was going to order was $2.99, I thought that was pretty decent but if I can get it cheaper locally I will.