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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-09-2005, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Starting Over

Ok Guys..
I love this forum and you all are so very helpful..
So here is what i think i need to do..
some of you may have read about my Chepo Jebo going to pieces.. anyhoo..
I am thinking of uping my tank to a 30 Gal.
I have one at my Disposal for Free and well i would be stupid not to do it..
So now im left with a big problem..

So what im asking is some round about Prices you all have found..

Ok since im wanting to start new.. I might as well do it the right way first..

Filter (Cannister) (Ehiem or Filstar)
Opinions.. on these( easiest to work with, Best filtration, Noise.)

Lighting. ( I found CoralLife Aqualihgt 24" 65W for 55 Shipped)
Anyother Ideas, I know AHS but I dont have a Lid to use so I would have to make one!!

Substrate.. (Eco Complete.. 100% i love this Stuff)

Ferts.. (Im using Flourish and Iron.. But Nothing else..)
Test Kits (I need NO3 PO4 .. Anything esle(have the Basics)..

Co2 Im Using DIY.. and would love a setup, thats just a lot of money..
Also has anyone Tried or Heard anything about Carbo-Plus System. The Dr Foster and Smith have it advertised.. but never heard about..

Thanks Guys,
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-09-2005, 06:32 PM
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The search function is your friend. Give it a try. Start by searching for Carbo-Plus.

Order some ferts from Greg Watson.

A manual CO2 system can be assembled for under $150 if you are willing to do a little leg work.

I have a couple of Filstars. Love them. They are not as quiet as a Eheim but they are cheaper and hold a LOT of media.

You really don't need any test kits beyond the pH and gH and kH if you go with the EI method.
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I don't know how important money or its lack is to you.

But if you want to have a nice tank without spending $400 or $500, consider this soil-based tank:

Filter: None, or a HOB for circulation. ($7.00)

Lighting: White enamel shop light from Loews or HD plus two GE daylight tubes. ($35.00).

Substrate: Mulm, a little peat, and some subsoil, covered with 2mm - 3mm gravel. ($5.00)

Ferts. From the fish and substrate. ($0)

CO2. From the fish and substrate. ($0)

With this setup you can grow just about any plant that you can grow in a high light tank, just not as rapidly. That means that you won't have to prune as much, nor add ferts, unless you want to.

Good luck!

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