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I'm ready to finalize my order from F&S

I know others have recommended different places to order from but I like the customer service I have always gotten from F&S when I ordered for my dog supplies. I know they will stand by their products and replace without question. They ship very promptly. So maybe I could shop around and get a few dollars off here and there but this is easiest for me.

That being said I have decided to stick with my 20H and make it a low light planted. I'm going to go with the Eco-complete because I don't like the colors of the Flourite F&S offer.

I've decided on the Nova Extreme T5 24" fixture. I have a TopFin 40 HOB filter. Visa Therm heater. I love tiny bubbles so may add some kind of bubble ornament. I've ordered Fourish and Flourish Excel.

My plants should arrive Monday. I bought some RCS from the "swap and shop". I have transferred all fish inhabitants to my 55g. The tank is ready to be revamped.

Anything else I should order before I finalize it?

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If you want black substrate, I would get Tahitian Moon Sand over Eco. Eco is more of a grayish color. I use TMS in my low-tech tank and I love it.

Also, I would recommend getting some of the Flourish plant tabs.

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Forceps/tweezers and maybe the 3 bag package of Seachem Purigen.

Relatively inexpensive but useful items that you may as well squeeze into the order if you can.

<edit> Btw the excel is available in 2 and 4 liter jugs at a great price, if thats not what you already had planned to order.


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OK I added the forceps/scissors Aquatic Gardener Large 27-1/4" -- I looked at the other Tropic Isle Tahitian Moon Sand

It looks nice but does it have the same nutrients in it as Eco Complete?

I want to do the play sand thing in the middle like a road or path through the aquarium.
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the Tahitian Moon Sand doesn't do anything as far as nutrients for the plants. Eco is far superior when it comes to that. good luck

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I'm with "doxikota" with F&S for their customer service. I've returned stuff no questions asked from there and they have very nice and personable people there. I order from them at least once or twice a month.
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OK I will stick with the ECO. I hope things work out. I've been wasting all this time thinking about a planted Aquarium when I have an appointment with AKC on Tuesday after work. They need to go through my litter records and DNA all my dogs. Don't be alarmed as I'm not a puppy mill! They randomly pick breeders to ensure that their breeding practices are pure and their records coincide. I think a planted aquarium would be less time consuming and less policed. I know from experience that they bark less.
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Do you have any sort of canopy yet? I have the same fixture that you're getting and am very pleased. They reccomend that you have a canopy between the fixture and water, because it does not sit very high off the tank. If you have plans of building your own canopy though, you can just disregard this whole message.
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Do you have any sort of canopy yet? I have the same fixture that you're getting and am very pleased. They reccomend that you have a canopy between the fixture and water, because it does not sit very high off the tank. If you have plans of building your own canopy though, you can just disregard this whole message.
FWIW...I've been running the 48" model over an open top aquarium for quite a long time now will no ill effects other than the need to wipe off a few water spots now and then.


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I thought I could just put it on my covered hood in place of the light that is already there?? If that works then I might buy 2 more to put on my 55g.

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