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My First Planted Tank

Hello Everyone,

I am a noobie, so please forgive my ignorance. But after taking care of a Betta fish in a 6 gallon tank for the past 4 years, I am prepared to move on up! For the past few weeks I have been devouring any resource I can find online as well as youtube about planted tanks. I was wondering if there is any advice on additional equipment I might need.

Thus far I have gathered:
-a 29 gallon tank with 30 inch Versa glass top
-a Finnex FugeRay Planted Plus LED light
-an AC 70 (to be used "normally") and an AC 20 (to be loaded up with biomax only)
-API stresscoat water treater

Sooo, I'm thinking of getting Eco-Complete for substrate, and I don't know about which fish and plants to get. I do have an idea that I want to have a low-tech tank without infused CO2 (maybe supplementing with some Flourite Excel and Comprehensive?). And the lush green, carpeted tanks that I see on youtube are quite appealing to me Any comments on my implementation or advice on how to progress will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Oh forgot to add I'm getting a 150W heater, not sure of which brand.
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I've used eco complete before and I really liked it, I had very nice plant growth when using it. I like the look of black substrate to.

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I've used eco complete before and I really liked it, I had very nice plant growth when using it. I like the look of black substrate to.
+1 here. Eco Complete Substrate. I will be using that in my 72BF.

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Hello Everyone,

I am a noobie, so please forgive my ignorance. But after taking care of a Betta fish in a 6 gallon tank for the past 4 years, I am prepared to move on up! For the past few weeks I have been devouring any resource I can find online as well as youtube about planted tanks. I was wondering if there is any advice on additional equipment I might need.

Thus far I have gathered:
-a 29 gallon tank with 30 inch Versa glass top
-a Finnex FugeRay Planted Plus LED light
-an AC 70 (to be used "normally") and an AC 20 (to be loaded up with biomax only)
-API stresscoat water treater

Sooo, I'm thinking of getting Eco-Complete for substrate, and I don't know about which fish and plants to get. I do have an idea that I want to have a low-tech tank without infused CO2 (maybe supplementing with some Flourite Excel and Comprehensive?). And the lush green, carpeted tanks that I see on youtube are quite appealing to me Any comments on my implementation or advice on how to progress will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Looks good. I say, make sure the light is centered on the aquarium. Run it at first for 8hrs, then progressively add hours if you need to. The power filters are fine. I'd stuff both with bio-Max with a pre-cut sponge in front of the media, no more buying pre filters! I'd start there.

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Thanks for the advice guys!

prestonyale, what do you mean to put a pre-cut sponge in front of the media?

also, do you recommend using an air stone (only on for night on a timer) for my tank?
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Welcome and here's a nice guide: Darkblade's Primer Hopefully it'll help with your decisions.

I would be a little concerned about the power of that Finnex if you don't plan on running CO2 and you can look into fertilizers beyond flourish excel and comprehensive.

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Well I've decided to implement a DIY CO2 generator using a 2, 2-L Bottle setup that I've seen explained in various sources. I've also invested in a drop checker. Since DIY CO2 systems can't really be toned down, should I think about investing in an air stone that's on a timer for a few hours each night?
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That or if you decide to use a reactor for the point of injection, you can just turn the pump powering the reactor off.

http://www.barrreport.com/showthread...al-CO2-reactor
http://www.barrreport.com/showthread...ht=co2+reactor

That way, the co2 will just build up and/or burp out to the surface of the water harmlessly.
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intereting.. looks kind of complicated for a noob like me but i'll look into it. thanks ipkiss
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