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80g Planted: need help

I am upgrading my 29g planted tank to a 80g tank. I was wondering what I should do for C02, filtration and lighting...

I have a 2x110watt VHO ballast sitting around and was wondering if that was gonna be too much light? Would 4x40watt NO florescent be better? Maybe 2x110watt VHO and 2x40watt NO?

As for C02 I assume my tiny hangen C02 will not be enough. Is pressurized C02 needed for a tank this big? What would be the cheapest way of setting that up?

As for filtration, I am nervous to use a canister as they can be a pain to change and can possibly leak, but I am not opposed to it. Any suggestions?

I plan on using something like http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113223
as I have had good luck with it in the 29g.

So any suggestions?
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80 gallon sounds like a lovely size. My recccomendation is searching this forum for 'newbie" "plant braain" "substrate" "rexx grigg" and "co2" Then you'll be well on your way.

Also if you are in the SF area, join SFBAAPS and start coming to meetings.

hope this helps.

Also, canister filters work great if you don't buy a crappy one. Via Aqua, fluval, Eheim and ADA (in ascending order of cash money) all work great.

Eco complete is fine, many people have luck with ADA Aquasoil.
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Ben has given some excellent advice...

See what happens when you join SFBAAPS LOL
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I have a 2x110watt VHO ballast sitting around and was wondering if that was gonna be too much light? Would 4x40watt NO florescent be better? Maybe 2x110watt VHO and 2x40watt NO?
I'd start with the VHO's just under 3wpg gives a nice growth rate in general, but if later you find that the plants need a bit more light then add the 2x40watt. One thing that come to mind is "light staggering" The idea is to use only 100% of the lights during part of the day like say from 11am to 4pm and then turn it down the other times. IME this seems to give good results

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As for filtration, I am nervous to use a canister as they can be a pain to change and can possibly leak, but I am not opposed to it. Any suggestions?
Nothing to be nervous about 100's of people use them everyday without a problem.

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I plan on using something like http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113223
as I have had good luck with it in the 29g.

So any suggestions?
That's fine, but really check out ADA Amazonia. It is a baked clay product like the one i the link above, but has some other "goodies" that actually make a noticable difference. I'm not a big fan of a lot of the ADA stuff, but this is one of the things that really work and are worth the money.

http://www.adgshop.com/Aqua_Soil_s/21.htm

Or you can get locally here...They can ship to you, but if you live close you should check it out- heck even if you don't live close.

http://www.e-aquaria.com/aquaforest.html
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