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Need advice from the pro's w/75 gallon

I'm not sure where to start...Just received a 75 gallon last week with African's. I'm getting back into this hobby. I've been out of it for 7 years or so. I have had fish tanks my whole life; the most recent was a 135 gallon reef tank, but never a planted tank. My goal now is to have a planted tank. After a few searches on google, I found Travis's tank

Here we go...

List of wants (looking for suggestions):

XP3 cannister filter
20 lb co2
ph controller
uv filter
ah supply lights 4x55pc (or should I use ODNO?)
5 bags of fluorite substrate; After looking into soil master (cheaper), I was going to build the bottom up w/soilmaster and coat the top w/flourite because I like the color.
I already put 2 bags of flourite on one side of the tank just to see the color. Will this hurt the tank until I get all of my equipment together?

This site is awesome; you guys really load a lot of insightful information.

Thanks for the hours of fine reading!!!
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Personally I like AHSupply stuff, I must have 6 or 7 of their kits, but when I set up both of my 75's I used the ODNO idea to light up four T-8s. The 4 T-8 ODNOx2 over the newest tank is growing downoi in nice short compact bushes so I know I have enough incident light for just about any plant I want.

That and the bulbs are cheaper to replace, I use the daylight bulbs from HomeDepot, two for $5 or something.

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Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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Take a few minutes and read my Guide.

I use nothing but AH Supply kits on all my tanks.

You really don't NEED a UV.

If you don't want to pay for a full Flourite substrate then mix it 50/50 (based on depth) with a coarse sand/fine gravel of the same grain size.
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Thanks so far for the info.

Rex thanks for replying.
I have read and taken a lot of notes they will help me tremendously.

Is it ok to leave the fluorite in the tank for a while with the fish and
only (1) 40w bulb untill I get all my equipment togather.

Then I was planning an draining the tank adding the peat moss
and (3) freash bags of fluorite when I have everthing plumed???
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Is it ok to leave the fluorite in the tank for a while with the fish and
only (1) 40w bulb untill I get all my equipment togather.

Then I was planning an draining the tank adding the peat moss
and (3) freash bags of fluorite when I have everthing plumed???
Yeah, that's no problem.
If you are doing Africans, you should check out the Chicago Cichlid Assn.
Their swap meets arein Arlington Heights - not too far from you.
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only (1) 40w bulb untill I get all my equipment togather.

Then I was planning an draining the tank adding the peat moss
and (3) freash bags of fluorite when I have everthing plumed???
This all sounds fine.

What are you planning for ferts?
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Yeah, that's no problem.
If you are doing Africans, you should check out the Chicago Cichlid Assn.
Their swap meets arein Arlington Heights - not too far from you.
Hey Eds glad to hear that there is close support for me.

I did attend the swap meet last weekend.
I was so overwhelmed I only left there only with a bag of food.


I have been reading (wasserpests) about starting with peat moss and then adding thejobes (not sure what that is) sticks
(they seem like they could be a problem)
a thin layer of kitty litter (not 100% on that eather) then the fluorite???

Let me know what you think?
Also looking for a good diagram of the best way to do all the plumbing?
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You might also want to touch bases with the Chicago Aquatic Gardening Assn "CAGA".
Jobes is just a brand name - they make fertilizer spikes for houseplants.
Can find them at Kmart, Walmart, or any garden center.
Many planted aquaria folk use them as substrate ferts - especially the ones formulated for ferns.
Search the forums and you'll see folk using all kinds of stuff for substrate.
I can't say much about that, tho, as I'm less adventurous and stick to flourite or flourite/gravel mix.
I'll look into Soilmaster for my next tank.
We're going to have to stage a mini-swap of our own when the next CACA (what an unfortunate acronym!) swap meet is held.
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You might also want to touch bases with the Chicago Aquatic Gardening Assn "CAGA".
Jobes is just a brand name - they make fertilizer spikes for houseplants.
Can find them at Kmart, Walmart, or any garden center.
Many planted aquaria folk use them as substrate ferts - especially the ones formulated for ferns.
Search the forums and you'll see folk using all kinds of stuff for substrate.
I can't say much about that, tho, as I'm less adventurous and stick to flourite or flourite/gravel mix.
I'll look into Soilmaster for my next tank.
We're going to have to stage a mini-swap of our own when the next CACA (what an unfortunate acronym!) swap meet is held.
Thanks.
I will try and make there March 12 meeting. They are talking about Cyprichromis one of the fish I was looking into adding to my tank.

Is there any LFS in the area you like.
Is there any Planted tank swop meets or clubs in our area?
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