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New Planted Tank - Need Advice

After having sold all my other tanks when moving into a studio apartment I'm now ready to purchase and start a new tank.

I would like some advice on a few things:

Tank Size
Filter
Substrate.

Those to begin with.

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125 Gallon AGA w/ Overflows
Filtration: Ehiem 2026 Filter, Dual "Ghetto" Overflow Internal Filters
Lighting: 1x96W Current USA CF - 2x96W Generic CF
Co2: Pressurized Co2 - Rex Grigg Regulator, SMS 122, and Rex Grigg Reactor.
Plants: Pogostemon yatabeanus, Foxtail, Bacopa, Egeria najas, Anubius, E. 'Ozelot Red', Ranalisma rostrata, Hornwort, Rotala Indica, Ludwigia Repens, Vals, Cabomba, Lilly, MoneyWort
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I dont think we can recommend anything unless we know of a budget? Is the money free flowing or is gonna dribble in?
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How much are you willing to spend and what would you like to attempt with this tank(high light or low light).


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I would rather do a high light tank. I can dedicate no more than $1,000.00 but would prefer to be around half that.

I don't expect this to happen overnight either. I can dedicated about 4' of wall space (I think).

125 Gallon AGA w/ Overflows
Filtration: Ehiem 2026 Filter, Dual "Ghetto" Overflow Internal Filters
Lighting: 1x96W Current USA CF - 2x96W Generic CF
Co2: Pressurized Co2 - Rex Grigg Regulator, SMS 122, and Rex Grigg Reactor.
Plants: Pogostemon yatabeanus, Foxtail, Bacopa, Egeria najas, Anubius, E. 'Ozelot Red', Ranalisma rostrata, Hornwort, Rotala Indica, Ludwigia Repens, Vals, Cabomba, Lilly, MoneyWort
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How much space do you have in the studio apt?? A 72 gallon bow front would be nice. Not too big but enough siize to aquascape. T5 lighting and / or a low watt, say 70 watts, Metal Halide, pressurize CO2, good substarte, eco complete or ada, lots of plants and you are good to go.
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Not in the Studio anymore. I have about 4' of wallspace and I can come out far enough for a 75.

I only found one 72 Gallon bowfront locally and no stand for it.

125 Gallon AGA w/ Overflows
Filtration: Ehiem 2026 Filter, Dual "Ghetto" Overflow Internal Filters
Lighting: 1x96W Current USA CF - 2x96W Generic CF
Co2: Pressurized Co2 - Rex Grigg Regulator, SMS 122, and Rex Grigg Reactor.
Plants: Pogostemon yatabeanus, Foxtail, Bacopa, Egeria najas, Anubius, E. 'Ozelot Red', Ranalisma rostrata, Hornwort, Rotala Indica, Ludwigia Repens, Vals, Cabomba, Lilly, MoneyWort
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If you got room for 4 feet of space I would suggest the 120 instead of the 75. It gives you more aquascaping room as its a deeper tank then the 75. Yet you can use the same 4 ft lighting scheme as with a 75g tank.
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Alright, I decided on a bit smaller tank than everyone was recommending and I'm still going to come close to that 1K mark, even with the savings on the tank.

Here is a picture:


It's a 46 Gallon Bow Front (36x16x21). I got the tank, stand, hood for $249.99.

Cascade 700 Canister Filter - $104.99
AGA 300W Heater - $42.99
Test Kit - $44.99
Thermometer - $29.99 (digital)
Python $89.99 (50')

Also picked up my cycle & start right.

Now, I need some CF Lighting and substrate. I can get flourite locally, but nothing else.

125 Gallon AGA w/ Overflows
Filtration: Ehiem 2026 Filter, Dual "Ghetto" Overflow Internal Filters
Lighting: 1x96W Current USA CF - 2x96W Generic CF
Co2: Pressurized Co2 - Rex Grigg Regulator, SMS 122, and Rex Grigg Reactor.
Plants: Pogostemon yatabeanus, Foxtail, Bacopa, Egeria najas, Anubius, E. 'Ozelot Red', Ranalisma rostrata, Hornwort, Rotala Indica, Ludwigia Repens, Vals, Cabomba, Lilly, MoneyWort
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Well, I'm leaning towards this light:

http://www.esuweb.com/cardfile.asp?I...lationship=255

That will give me just over 2W per gallon.

Then I'm thinking of Flourite & Tahitian Moon Sand for a Substrate.

125 Gallon AGA w/ Overflows
Filtration: Ehiem 2026 Filter, Dual "Ghetto" Overflow Internal Filters
Lighting: 1x96W Current USA CF - 2x96W Generic CF
Co2: Pressurized Co2 - Rex Grigg Regulator, SMS 122, and Rex Grigg Reactor.
Plants: Pogostemon yatabeanus, Foxtail, Bacopa, Egeria najas, Anubius, E. 'Ozelot Red', Ranalisma rostrata, Hornwort, Rotala Indica, Ludwigia Repens, Vals, Cabomba, Lilly, MoneyWort
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Well, I think I did ok. Picked up:
1x 20lbs Flourite
1x 20lbs Tahitian Moon Sand

And layered them for the substrate.

Then I picked up a Satellite 36" 96W CF and swapped the bulb with a 6700k/10k dual light (hope that will be good).

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125 Gallon AGA w/ Overflows
Filtration: Ehiem 2026 Filter, Dual "Ghetto" Overflow Internal Filters
Lighting: 1x96W Current USA CF - 2x96W Generic CF
Co2: Pressurized Co2 - Rex Grigg Regulator, SMS 122, and Rex Grigg Reactor.
Plants: Pogostemon yatabeanus, Foxtail, Bacopa, Egeria najas, Anubius, E. 'Ozelot Red', Ranalisma rostrata, Hornwort, Rotala Indica, Ludwigia Repens, Vals, Cabomba, Lilly, MoneyWort
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