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Question a few questions need help please !!!

im going to decribe what i have now im currntly setting up an 8 planted fish tank substrate is flourite i have a co2 reactor like this one here Aquaticscape.com
which will have diy co2 and is run by a 152 gph water pump

is that too much flow ???

and the lighting is 24W power compact fluorescent lighting, silver aluminum hood, with
polished reflector, acrylic lens. 50/50 daylight/actinic blue bulb

is my lighting enough or should i go higher ???

ok i have read about some of the filters you guys use on the forum and was wondering what kind i should get for my 8 gallon

should i go with a canister filter or a hob filter ???

what kind would be best at cleaning the water ???

what kind of fish could i have and how many ???

i would like to have a schooling type fish with mabye 2 other kind that dont school and i would also like something that would be good to eat algea

shrimp or snails which are better algea eaters ???

what kind of water tests should i get ???

thanks for your help
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well i can answer one or two of your questions. i'm still pretty new at this myself. i DO know that your 50/50 bulb is of no use. you need to go with a temp of somewhere between 5500-10,000. the actinic will only increase algae growth in your tank. the wattage seems to be enough though. 3wpg if my math is correct. you want to go with a canister filter as the HOB filter will de-gas too much co2. you will be MUCH better off going with a canister filter and connecting your reactor on the outflow. cleaning the water, you are going to hover over the open spaces around your tank in an attempt to pic up any loose feces and/or food laying on the bottom. depending on your fertilizer dosing (if you even are), you'll want to do about 50% once a week. as far as the fish go, just somthing small. it's pretty much up to you. cardinals, rummynose, neons, glo-lites, rasboras.. i could go on. SHRIMP are better algae eaters. but keep in mind, you don't want to over-stock this tank. buy an API master test kit. then buy a phosphate and gH,kH test kit to go along with it. hope this helps some. feel free to pm me.

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Are you not worried about the reactor sucking up the solution in your DIY CO2? Personally, I wouldnt recommend it. Could be a disaster waiting to happen.

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totally didn't even notice he said that. whoops.

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If you use an overflow on your DIY CO2, then that won't happen. Try something like this Joey:



You can also use a juice bottle instead of a soda bottle. I switched to these recently and I like them much better - bigger and more stable on their feet, less likely to tip.


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Hi Joejoe123,

just a thought on the lighting. I too have an 8g tank and actually have 48w over it. I thought it might be too much light but i have found that it keeps the plants low and tends to keep the growth a bit slower but really brings out the reds in some of the plants. I am dosing the Seachem line daily and double the recommended Excel daily. This seems to be working very well, very little algae although I am battling Clado (i think it is called) so I do have 5 Amanos and a herd of cherry shrimp and one Oto. (no other fish) . The Amano seem to be really working. Anyway, I have found that the recommendaion of more lighting on a smaller tank is working for me.

My HM grows almost horizontal and once the weather cools I hope to find HC to plant in the forground to see how it does.

Good luck with your tank!

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well i can answer one or two of your questions. i'm still pretty new at this myself. i DO know that your 50/50 bulb is of no use......
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I'm sorry danepatrick, but I have to disagree with your statment about the 50/50 lighting. While I might agree that it may not be the best but I have used it quite affectivly.
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