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First high tech attempt:

Iím just now getting back into aquariums after a 4 year unintended break. Iím starting a high tech planted tank. This is my first attempt at high tech. Iíve only done low light Java fern and some swords before in my South American cichlid tank. I donít have that tank any more so Iím starting out in a 20 gallon long.

Right now I have a DIY CO2 setup and a Coralife dual T5 NO lamp on the tank. I just bought a used CO2 regulator set up: Victor HPT 272 dual stage regulator, Burkert solenoid, Ideal 52-1-12 needle valve and JBJ style bubble counter. For a light I also bought a used 24 inch Finex Fugeray. I know the light is short for the tank length, but it was a good price and I figured it was probably better than the Coralife and would hold me until I figured out if I need a longer fixture or not. I am dosing Flourish Excel and Flourish root tabs in the tank.

Itís been a while since Iíve gone to Petsmart. They used to have live plants in a set up with nice lighting. I went there last night to get some plants for my 20 long. When I asked where the plants are they pointed to a display and I was disappointed to see packaged plants. Half the shelf was empty. So I assume folks were buying it up as there wasnít that much left when I looked. Some of what was there was dead looking so I bought the nicest I could find. They have it there with terrarium plants so you need to read the label for fully aquatic. That said Iím pretty pleased. It looks like a nicer selection from what I remember them carrying. I bought some and just cleaned them up and planted this morning. I bought Anubias Bateri, Crpty Wendtti, Cryptocoryne undulate ďredĒ, Bacopa caroliniana, Pogostemon Helferi and some good old Java Fern, but this stuff is a thinner frillier leaf than what Iím used to seeing.
The light and regulator should arrive next week. I hope Iím on the right track, and am excited to learn. I am already thinking about doing a Iwagami style planted tank once I gain some confidence.
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Pressurized CO2& Fugeray rocks

Well it took a bit but I just set up my first high tech effort 20 gallon L. I replaced my Coralife NO lamp with a 24 inch Fugeray and added pressurized CO2 system. The light has been on for about two weeks, and I saw increased plant growth and algae. I just got the CO2 up and running, itís been running for two days, and OMG last night I came home to see my plants are so happy, they are pearling like crazy! Wohoo!


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BillV, sounds good! The joy of pressurized is invigorating--AND you did right by getting a nice dual stage regulator! If you haven't already, you might want to look into dry fertilizers after a while or at least the cheaper root tabs sold on the forum here.
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Thanks ipkiss, it is fun. I'm stoked. I'm using root tabs right now. I bought some Seachem root tabs, and excell, though I havent dosed that since I set up the regulator. I'm really looking forward to learning how to care for the plants, and how to make a nice scape. Right now I know my current aquascape needs some help, but its a start. Ill post a picture later.


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