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Hi, I used to have a 29 gallon tank that was moderately planted with DIY CO2 setup. I would judge it as fairly successfull, but it could have been better if I learned to manage dosing supplements better. I broke the tank down when I moved 8 months ago and ended up setting it up as a saltwater tank for seahorses.
But I am getting the itch to do another planted tank using some equipment that I have lying around. I have an Aquaclear 300, a hellolights 55 wt PC retrofit kit and a 5 gallon bucket of Flourite that I saved when I took the other tank down. I would like to use the equipment I have and am trying to decide what size tank to get.

With the lighting I have I was thinking of getting either a 25 gallon AGA or a perfecto 28 gallon bowfront. I am thinking that my lighting would be considered moderate for tanks this size. What do you think?
I am planning on a low maintenance tank with java fern, crypts, anubias, and hornwort as a fast grower. Considering my plant choices and since I will be using a hang on back filter that is agitating the water surface, I don't know if it would be helpful to do the DIY CO2 again. Or do you think I have too much light not to dose CO2? What do you think? Feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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With 55 watts over a ~25g tank, your plants still could benefit from CO2 injection. You could modify the return lip on that AquaClear to reduce surface agitation by letting the water fall straight down. Lots of people on this forum are keeping planted tanks with AquaClear filters.

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Thanks for your input. Can you be more specific as to what I would need to do to modify the Aquaclear output? Thanks
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On the return lip coming out of the AquaClear, there is a small lip protruding, that is supposed to deflect the water flow and cause it to ripple across the surface. If you cut this lip off, the water will fall straight down.
If you don't want to cut the plastic, you could attach a piece of sponge to the lip that would diffuse the water flow, and reduce surface agitation significantly.

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I used a sponge in the outflow 'ramp' of my AC300, and ended up with CO2 levels over 68ppm! be careful about reducing surface agitation...sometimes it's fine...sometimes it's 'dangerous'.
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thanks for the suggestions. I will hopefully be setting up the tank in the next couple of weeks. I will let you know how I make out.
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