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final steps before ordering plants

Well im glad to say i am very close to odering my plants for the tank after a long 4months of research and buying stuff slowly but surly=)
Here is the list of what i have and what ferts ill be using, any comments would be great even if there bad comments so dont feel that i am going to get po at your comments =) because this is my first ever planted tank and im going big with a high tech tank XD some may say im crazy but i think im on target.

Lighting-Two marineland double bright led 36-48"
CO2-Aquatek dual-gauge pressure regulator 5lbtank co2reactor +bubble counter
filter-Hydor 450 (75-125gallons) my tank is 50 gallons
heater- Cobalt neo-therm 150watt heater
substrates- ADA power sand M,1 9L ada aqua soil powder and 3 9L regular
additives- ada bacter 100, clear super. ATM Colony
test kit- api master test kit and gh/kh test kit
hard scape- 50year old cedar stump no more sap so its safe.
water conditioner- Prime
Ferts- EI and Flourish excel

So i believe that is everything that i have and need but if i am wrong or if you think i should add something or change something please let me know=)
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You are definitely taking the right approach, asking questions and researching everything beforehand is what I do and it really pays off.

I don't know much at all about pressurized CO2, but do you need excel with the pressurized setup? I thought it was usually one or the other.


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heater seems on the smaller side for the size of your aquarium...unless you got 2 x 150W heaters.
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Why Co2 AND Excel?


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heater seems on the smaller side for the size of your aquarium...unless you got 2 x 150W heaters.
i used joeys forum which had a calculator for heaters and aquarium size and it said 150watts not sure if its 100% right but ill check some other places now that u think it is a little on the weak side=) Why excel would help the plants even with co2 but the excel i have not purchased yet since i am kinda still reading up on all the excel products so i will def look more into co2 and excel. Thanks for asking =)
o and also with the heater i dont really think it will be to much of a problem if it is infact not enough watts because my house temp stays around 78F and the tap water is around 74-78 during summer and winter =) But please inform me if im wrong on that
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If that is the case, than you may not even need a heater....I live in Florda, the land of perpetual summer, and I haven't ran heaters on my 55 in a few years and don't plan to run one in my nano tank.


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If that is the case, than you may not even need a heater....I live in Florda, the land of perpetual summer, and I haven't ran heaters on my 55 in a few years and don't plan to run one in my nano tank.
yea i that is very true but i get very very annoyed at the littlest mistakes like a temp not being where i want it lol. Put it this way lol i made my stand and my tank and i freaked out when there was one little bubble in the silicone bead lol.
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If your outside temps are 74-78 F, one heater should be more than enough
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If your outside temps are 74-78 F, one heater should be more than enough
alright thanks

Bump: O i forgot to add, Do you guys think i should get a drop checker for my co2? If so what brand do u guys recommend?
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I'm about to jump (back) into the hobby myself, and I'm curious why you're going with the Hydor filter? They don't have much of a reputation (from what I've been able to find - it's not that they have a bad rep, just very little to speak of), and most people seem to be in love with the SunSun filters. I really want to like the Hydor's myself, but the price and reviews of the SunSun's are hard to overlook.

Good luck on your build!
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I'm about to jump (back) into the hobby myself, and I'm curious why you're going with the Hydor filter? They don't have much of a reputation (from what I've been able to find - it's not that they have a bad rep, just very little to speak of), and most people seem to be in love with the SunSun filters. I really want to like the Hydor's myself, but the price and reviews of the SunSun's are hard to overlook.

Good luck on your build!
The reason why they dont really have a reputation is because they have not been in the hobby as long as these other name brands and that makes it harder for them to have a rep since not many people have the filter and write reviews on it unlike the lets say marineland or fluval which have been here for along time and have had many mroe people using them.
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quick question. Does anyone know if when using the ei method of ferts, if i do lets say two 50water changes a week would this not work or would it be fine?
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never used a Hydor filter, but two Hydor inline heaters. First one died after 1 week - Amazon replaced it. Second one died after 10 months. In both of them the thermostat wasn't reliable at all.

I will not buy another Hydor product.
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yea i have never used any of the other hydor products but the canister and i have never had a problem with it =)
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