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I'm new here. Was into freshwater several years ago, then went to a reef tank. I just finished shutting down the reef and am in process of starting up a 150 gal (72x18x26) planted tank. Starting freshwater again, I want to attempt to "do it right" now, instead of saying "I should have done...." later.

I plan on using about 2.5 inches of Eco-Complete as substrate. Lighting is a Coralife 72" Aqualight Pro, 3x 150W HQI + 2x 96W 6700k + 2x 96W 10000k + 4 Blue Moonlight LEDs. I did the mix on 6700 and 10000k because I like the "whiter" light. Bad habit from reefing, I guess. I plan on starting with the PCs only, then running the halides for an hour or so mid-day.

Filtration will be a FilStar XP3 and an AquaClear 110. Filstar will be mainly biological, not sure on the AquaClear yet. Does anyone use Seachem Renew or Purigen?

I have ordered a CO2 regulator and controller, still need to get a tank. How long will a 5 lb tank of CO2 using a controller last? Will I be better off just spending a few more bucks now and getting a 10 lb tank?
I plan on feeding the output of the CO2 into the intake of the XP3. Please feel free to say if this is good, bad or ugly. I have read some that say it works just fine and others that say I'll need a reactor. It seems like the canister would pretty much act just like a reactor, filled with bio media. Opinions are certainly welcome.

It will be a community tank. I have a 40 long that I will likely start up in a while to put a couple smaller cichlids. Also have a 29 that I may put a few livebearers in. One at a time, though.

Nearly forgot, BASIC 101. Been so long since I had freshwater, what temperature should my tank be? I seem to recall 76 -78 degrees.

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5 lbs of CO2 should last you 6 months or so. Your setup is nice. Kind of similar to mine, but I run my metals longer.
I also use Purigen, it is a nice polisher.
I run mine 76-78 degrees, some like it a little colder? It works for me.
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Thanks for the response.

I'm hoping for some opinions on the CO2 setup. I keep trying to decide if I should just do it like I said, build a reactor (I've seen the plans and it would take longer to get the stuff, than to build it), or just buy a reactor. But then, IF if buy, which one?

And we do this to relax, right?
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I might have to give Purigen a try. It is fairly cheap. I have been using Chemipure for many years in my reef tank and love it. I use it now in my freshwater tank..

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I used Purigen in my reef and it worked really well. Water was sparkling clear. Nice thing too, with some bleach it can be regenerated. Soak it a while, rinse the heck out of it, soak it in water with dechlorinator for a while and it's good to go again.
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I just replaced my Chemipure bag and it will last another 4 months minimum. I will order some in a month or so or maybe I could just add a bag and use both? Hmmmm.

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